BOOK JACKET BLURB: Gabe Williams is a guy with big summer plans. He’s got a job as a radio DJ, following in the footsteps of his mentor, and he wants to move far away after graduation. He’s also hoping his best friend Paige will fall in love with him—she’s smart, she’s hot, and she tolerates his music habit. He couldn’t ask for more. His only problem? The rest of the world has known him as Elizabeth for the last eighteen years.
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FOR UGLY CHILDREN is the story of how Gabe learns to be a guy so he can leave Elizabeth behind. Some good things happen in the course of his summer—Gabe graduates, gets asked out, and gets loved by the fans of his show. But he also gets outed and threatened, and he must defend himself against violence that’s rooted in fear. In essence, Gabe’s journey to find himself is the same one we all take. His is just electrified, amplified, and broadcast into the night.
Published by Flux, 2012
“Books for Young LGBT Folks and Anyone Who Wants to Understand Them” By Clea Kim
The Advocate, Published January 31, 2013