|From The Publisher*|
Lio Min's Beating Heart Baby is a tender best friends to enemies to lovers story with AAPI leads, celebrating first love, second chances, indie rock, and transitions of all kinds
Santi has only had his heart broken one time, and it was all his fault. When he accidentally leaked his internet best friend Memo's song, and it became an overnight hit, Memo disappeared-leaving their song's cult fame, and Santi, behind.
Three years later, Santi arrives in Los Angeles with a mission: get over the ghost of Memo. Thankfully, his new school and its wildly-talented Sunshower marching band welcome him with open arms. All except for his section leader, the prickly, proud, musical prodigy Suwa. But when Santi realizes Suwa is trans, then Suwa realizes Santi takes his identity in stride, both boys begin to let their guards down. Santi learns Suwa's surliness masks a painful, still raw history of his own, and as they open up to each other, their friendship quickly takes on the red-hot blush of a mutual crush.
Just as Santi is feeling settled in this new life, with a growing found family and a head-over-heels relationship with Suwa, he begins to put together the pieces of an impossible truth-that he knows both more and less of Suwa's story than he's been told. Their fragile fresh start threatens to rip apart at the seams again when Suwa is offered the chance to step into the spotlight he's owed but has always denied himself. Now, Santi and Suwa must finally reckon with their dreams, their pasts-and their futures, together or apart.
"An altogether wildly moving story of finding yourself while chasing down dreams, Beating Heart Baby reads like the best kind of love song and leaves you wanting to hit repeat, with chapter after chapter positively humming in your head. And the beating heart of this beautiful novel? A story of love and forgiveness like no other." -Eric Smith, author of Don't Read the Comments
"Beating Heart Baby combines an anime-addled queer coming-of-age with a luxurious, sensual love story. You won't know whether to swoon or seethe with jealousy that you weren't this cool in high school." -Meredith Russo, author of If I Was Your Girl
"A peek into the white-hot moment of a musical star's birth, written by a seasoned pro who knows this world down to the most intimate gesture. You'll fall hard for this absolute nightmare and his devoted sweaterboy. What a vivid and vital gift to queer teens everywhere." -Peyton Thomas, author of Both Sides Now
|Biographical Note||Lio Min has listened to, played and performed, and written about music for most of their life. Their debut novel Beating Heart Baby is about boys, bands, and Los Angeles. They've profiled and interviewed acts including Japanese Breakfast, Rina Sawayama, Purity Ring, Caroline Polachek, Christine and the Queens, Metric, Yaeji, Speedy Ortiz, and Mitski.|