Daniel, Deconstructed (Hardcover)
A lovely cozy season read! Daniel Sanchez’s story will be relatable to everyone who’s ever felt anxious about the differences that could set them apart. In Daniel’s case, he assumes being a nerdy, autistic photographer makes him a satellite in other peoples' orbits (spoiler alert: he’s wrong). There’s much to love here, whether it’s the cast of queer and neurodiverse characters or the evolving relationships between them. Bonus: it takes place in Minnesota! -Claire— From Daniel, Deconstructed
A nerdy high schooler learns to embrace his main-character energy in this witty and heart-healing ode to movie tropes, meet-cutes, and LGBTQ+ love.
Photographer and film buff Daniel Sanchez learned a long time ago that the only way to get by in an allistic world is to mask his autism and follow the script. Which means he knows that boisterous, buff, and beautiful soccer superstars like his best friend, Mona Sinclair, shouldn't be wasting time hanging out with introverts who prefer being behind the camera.
So when Daniel meets a new classmate, Gabe Mendes, who is tall, mysterious, nonbinary, and--somehow--as cool as Mona, Daniel knows exactly how this is going to play out. Mona and Gabe will meet cute, win their nominations for Homecoming Court, and ride off into the sunset together. Daniel just needs to do a little behind-the-scenes directing.
But matchmaking means stepping into the mystifying and illogical world of love, dating, and relationships, where nothing is as it seems and no one knows their lines. And when Daniel finds himself playing a starring role in this romance, he'll question everything he thought he knew about himself and his place in the world.