The Comedienne’s Guide to Pride

Forthcoming June 2022

Taylor Parker isn’t out yet, but she’s keeping an even bigger secret: she entered a sketch contest where the grand prize is an internship at SNL.

When Taylor applied to this opportunity for marginalized writers, she checked the “LGBTQ” box on the application without really thinking about it. But now that she’s a finalist, she realizes she’ll need to be out to win. Whether she’s ready or not.

In the month leading up to the competition results, Taylor befriends Charlotte Grey, whom Taylor’s had a crush on for years. As they spend more time together, they realize they’re genuinely falling for each other—and while Charlotte is willing to take it slow, Taylor doesn’t want to ask her to keep their relationship secret forever. Taylor just hopes she can muster the courage to come out before all her secrets do.

Reviews

"Taylor is genuinely appealing, a distinct narrator whose showmanship is funny and whose love of stand-up and sketch writing comes across as a true passion [...] A charmer with hidden depth."

Kirkus

"Thomson’s laugh-out-loud debut, buoyed by the teens’ heartwarming romance and Taylor’s sardonic, aspiring-comic voice, deftly intertwines the sometimes conflicting paths to chasing one’s dreams and being oneself."

Publishers Weekly

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