Lose You to Find Me

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A romantic, heartfelt, and hilarious queer coming-of-age story from All That's Left in the World author Erik J. Brown, perfect for fans of What If It's Us and If This Gets Out.

Tommy Dees is in the weeds--restaurant speak for beyond overwhelmed. He's been working as a server at Sunset Estates retirement community to get the experience he needs to attend one of the best culinary schools in the world. And to make his application shine, he also needs a letter of recommendation from his sadistic manager. But in exchange for the letter, Tommy has to meet three conditions--including training the new hire.

What he doesn't expect is for the newbie to be an old crush: Gabe, with the dimples and kind heart, who Tommy fell for during summer camp at age ten and then never saw again. Unfortunately, Gabe doesn't remember Tommy at all. The training proves distracting as old feelings resurface, and the universe seems to be conspiring against them.

With the application deadline looming and Gabe on his mind, Tommy is determined to keep it all together--but what if life isn't meant to follow a recipe?

"Lose You to Find Me is a can't-be-missed, read-in-one-sitting, absolutely unputdownable story about following your dreams while finding yourself. Full of banter, butterflies, and just the right amount of awkwardness, this coming-of-age story is truly a chef's kiss." -- Jennifer Dugan, author of Hot Dog Girl and Some Girls Do

"Erik J. Brown perfectly captures how heart-warming and cringey falling in love for the first time can be. I couldn't stop laughing, I need Academy Award-worthy ice cream, and I'll never recover from that whole new interpretation of giving someone the finger." -- Jason June, New York Times bestselling author of Out of the Blue and Jay's Gay Agenda

"Laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely moving in turn. Erik Brown's LOSE YOU TO FIND ME has deep affection for its characters and its world--as will anyone who reads this book." -- Amy Spalding, bestselling author of We Used to Be Friends

"A charming read about finding who and what really matters in life." -- Kirkus Reviews

Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Pub date: May 16, 2023
368 pages
Format: Hardcover