A Hard Day’s Night
by Mia Kerick
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High school senior Kalin (Lennon) Macready knows several facts for certain: John Lennon is his hero. Beaumont Finley Danforth II (Fin) is his best friend. And—this is the complicated one—he feels more for Fin than mere friendship.
For weeks, Lennon pesters Fin, who like Lennon admits to questioning his sexual orientation, for a commitment to spend twenty-four hours together exploring “the gay side of life.” Fin reluctantly agrees. Each boy will seek to answer the daunting question, Am I gay? Lennon pre-plans the day, filling the hours with what he assumes “gay life” is all about: shopping for fashionable clothing, indulging in lavish dessert crepes, boogying to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, and yes, listening to show tunes.
However, Lennon quickly realizes that in creating his plan he has succumbed to the most common and distorted of gay stereotypes. Can he be gay and not fit them? And more importantly, is it possible that spending one very hard day and night together will help Fin accept that he’s gay, too? If so, maybe Lennon has a shot at winning the heart of the boy of his dreams.
“A Hard Day’s Night” is an amusing young adult contemporary romance about two boys who seek to discover if they must fulfill stereotypes to be together.
In the end, maybe all you need is love.
GENRE: YA LGBTQ Contemporary Romance novella
“Okay, ladies... and, um, dudes... let’s take it from the top!”
I’m not sure how much Fin and I really like that Boom Boom Pow, but we’re quick learners and we know how to “jack the style” of the fifteen middle-aged Moms at the On Stage Dance Academy’s Super Saturday Zumba Fitness Class.
Here’s a brief rundown of how we ended up shaking our booties at a com- petition dance school’s Saturday afternoon Zumba class:
Warning—it ain’t perty.
Everybody knows the song “Dancing Queen” by ABBA. It is arguably the number one song representing the queer man’s love of grooving. Now, rock ‘n roll, and I will venture to label ABBA’s hit as such, has long been all about the way the political breezes are blowing, and since the song’s release in 1976, the gay community has embraced it. Though purely unintentionally on ABBA’s part, “Dancing Queen” has become more of a political statement regarding busting out of the closet than a mere song about dancing with your prom date. And so, I thought I’d take Fin dancing in my effort to explore our gay pride.
See where I’m going with this?
Problem: We are barely eighteen years old. We do not own fake IDs. Even if my Jeep could handle the two-and-a-half hour trek to Boston, we would get laughed out of any dance club at which we dared to we show our boyish faces.
What to do? What to do?
I knew that as part of our gay exploration it was critical that we dance and jive and feel the beat from the tambourine. But where could Fin and I do this both locally, and legally?
It hit me like a sledge hammer—Zumba Fitness Class!
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes Publishing, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Now marital equality is the law of the land!! WOOT!! Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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