Micah Summers is not your average romantic protagonist. In “The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers,” a delightful YA romcom written by Adam Sass, we follow the endearing journey of Micah as he searches for true love in the bustling city of Chicago.
A Chance Encounter Gone Awry
Micah, an aspiring Prince Charming, resides in a lavish penthouse and spends his days fantasizing about the day he will finally muster the courage to ask someone out. In the meantime, he channels his desires into an anonymous Instagram account filled with drawings of his imaginary boyfriends. With ninety-nine crushes already documented, Micah eagerly awaits Boy 100, the one who could potentially steal his heart.
A Twist of Fate and a Quest Begins
However, fate has other plans for Micah. A seemingly perfect meet-cute on the L train takes an unexpected turn, leaving him and Boy 100 separated, with neither knowing each other’s name or how to reconnect. Determined not to let his chance at love slip away, Micah seeks the help of his adventurous friend Hannah and his charming barista buddy, Elliot. Together, they embark on a thrilling quest across the city to find the enigmatic Boy 100.
An Escape into a Dreamy World
When writing this book, Sass found solace in crafting Micah’s story amidst the anxiety and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic. As readers, we too can escape into Micah’s world—a cozy coffee shop called Audrey’s Café, bathed in the warm glow of cafe lights and resonating with soothing bossa nova music. Here, Micah spends time with Elliot, sharing dirty chai and crafting plans to uncover the identity of Boy 100. It’s a refuge where dreams come alive, and where Sass invites us to momentarily forget the weariness of the world.
A Unique Spin on a Classic Tale
If the storyline sounds familiar, it’s because Micah’s journey draws inspiration from the timeless fairy tale of Cinderella. However, don’t be mistaken—this is no ordinary retelling. The story transcends the boundaries of Happily Ever After, delving into the complexities of real-life love. Micah, well-versed in fairy tales, must confront his own fears as his narrative diverges from the predetermined path he expects. In “The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers,” love is not as simple as the movies make it seem.
Unexpected Heroes and Modern Love
No Cinderella story would be complete without its own Cinderella figure. In Micah Summers’ world, two potential contenders vie for this role. Boy 100, the mysterious individual who leaves behind a hand-stitched jacket, and Elliot, Micah’s steadfast best friend and compassionate barista at Audrey’s Café. As a former barista himself, Sass intricately weaves Elliot’s character, drawing from his own experiences of being a minimum-wage service worker. Elliot’s resilience despite the challenges he faces mirrors the true spirit of a modern Cinderella.
Exploring Love in a Real, Queer World
Micah’s struggle with asking someone out for the first time and grappling with the gap between fantasy and reality is not unique to him alone. It resonates with queer individuals who often navigate the complexities of love later in life, trailing behind their heterosexual peers. In “The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers,” Sass pays homage to the courageous pursuit of queer joy and reminds us that it’s always worth taking that leap of faith.
A Multifaceted Love Story
But this novel is not solely about a heartwarming m/m love story. Micah’s artistic talents unfold throughout the pages, showcased through his sketches of various boys, which come to life as illustrated Instagram posts. Anne Pomel, the brilliant cover artist, breathes a visual enchantment into Micah’s world, capturing the essence of his creative spirit.
Unleash Your Romantic Side
If you’re yearning for a captivating love story, “The 99 Boyfriends of Micah Summers” is the book that will sweep you off your feet. Join Micah on his enchanting quest for love in Chicago, and let yourself be transported to a world where dreams intertwine with reality. Don’t miss the chance to preorder your copy today and experience the magic of Micah Summers before it officially hits shelves on September 20th. Six Minute Dates