After a freak accident, 2020's teen Luis gets booted back to his school in 1985 to save a gay classmate's life. I had so much fun with the time traveling antics in this book. A funny and charming read!— Jenna (TAG member)
Let me introduce you to my new favorite thing: gay time travel. In this LGBTQ+ retelling of Back to the Future, Luis finds himself in 1985, caught at a school that is less than accepting of his sexuality. But Luis is not deterred and is determined to save a closeted boy’s life, in hopes that it’ll change things in his school in the 2020s for the better. Full of song references, Spin Me Right Round is a heartfelt and hilarious story of social justice, romance, and friendship.— Bridey
From lauded writer David Valdes, a sharp and funny YA novel that's Back to the Future with a twist, as a gay teen travels back to his parents' era to save a closeted classmate's life.
All Luis Gonzalez wants is to go to prom with his boyfriend, something his “progressive” school still doesn't allow. Not after what happened with Chaz Wilson. But that was ages ago, when Luis's parents were in high school; it would never happen today, right? He's determined to find a way to give his LGBTQ friends the respect they deserve (while also not risking his chance to be prom king, just saying…).
When a hit on the head knocks him back in time to 1985 and he meets the doomed young Chaz himself, Luis concocts a new plan-he's going to give this guy his first real kiss. Though it turns out a conservative school in the '80s isn't the safest place to be a gay kid. Especially with homophobes running the campus, including Gordo (aka Luis's estranged father). Luis is in over his head, trying not to make things worse-and hoping he makes it back to present day at all.
In a story that's fresh, intersectional, and wickedly funny, David Valdes introduces a big-mouthed, big-hearted queer character that readers won't soon forget.
David Valdes is the author of the nonfiction books Homo Domesticus, The Rhinestone Sisterhood, and Today Show pick A Little Fruitcake, as well as a dozen produced plays. A former Boston Globe columnist and Huffington Post blogger whose posts have received over a million hits, he currently writes for Medium, and was recently featured in the New York Times's Modern Love column. He also teaches writing at Boston Conservatory and Tufts. David lives in the Boston area with his teen daughter.
“The solid pacing and pleasant, fluid prose make this a page-turner. . . . A great read offering entertainment, encouragement, and plenty to reflect upon.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Prepare to laugh out loud as Cuban American high-school senior Luis takes a trip into the past that rivals Back to the Future. . . Readers will fall for Luis and Chaz, and--bonus!--Luis' clumsy, misunderstood roommate, Ernie. The ripple effects of their brave choices change everyone's future for the better. ” —Booklist
“Sweet and funny, with a touch of sorrow, yet filled with hope and love.” —Publishers Weekly on HOMO DOMESTICUS
“[The author's] humorous, honest, and personal voice makes him a great tour guide and friend.” —Booklist on HOMO DOMESTICUS