All Boy by Mia Kerick – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Seventeen-year-old Callie Canter knows all about screwing up—and being screwed over. After her so-called boyfriend publicly humiliated her senior year, taking a fifth year of high school at Beaufort Hills Academy is her second chance to leave behind a painful past. But her need for social acceptance follows, and going along with the in-crowd is the difference between survival and becoming a target. Staying off the radar is top priority. So, falling for an outsider is the last thing on Callie’s “to-do” list. Too bad her heart didn’t get the memo.

With his strict, religious upbringing and former identity far away in Florida, Jayden Morrissey can finally be true to himself at Beaufort Hills Academy. But life as a trans man means keeping secrets, and keeping secrets means not getting too close to anyone. If he can just get through his fifth year unnoticed, maybe a future living as the person he was born to be is possible. Yet love is love, and when you fall hard enough, intentions crumble, plans detour, and secrets are revealed.

From multi-award-winning author Mia Kerick, comes a powerful, timely, and life-changing novel, which follows two teenagers nursing broken hearts and seeking acceptance, and who together realize running away isn’t always the answer.

Enjoy an Excerpt:


It’s not like I planned to let him hurt me last year. I mean, nobody actually plans to step in front of a moving train—when you see it in the distance, chugging toward you at full speed, you take one giant step backward. Except in my case with Ryan. I stood there like an idiot, shut my eyes, and let him plow over me.

It shouldn’t have surprised me when I got flattened. But it did.

I need to get with the program. This isn’t a freaking game—it’s my life and my last chance at a successful senior year, which will hopefully land me a decent college scholarship. I’m not going to screw it up by making a move on any boy, let alone the hottest boy in the school. Even if he was really sweet each time he saved my ass.

And so I do what I do best: I retreat into the bookshelves, backing stealthily from Archaeology to Anthropology to Folklore. When I reach the Economic Theory section, it’s as if I never paused beneath a Linguistics and Philosophy sign to casually consider my chances with a boy who makes me feel like I actually matter but still doesn’t know me from Adam.

About the Author:

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one a recent graduate of law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and the baby finally off to college. (Yes, the nest is empty.) She publishes LGBTQ fiction and romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of young people who are challenged by the circumstances of their lives and relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature, and as a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. Now she publishes her work—it’s an alternate way to stash her stories.

Her books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine. They have won a 2019 IPPY GOLD award for Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction, Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance and Best YA Lesbian Fiction, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, a First Place Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a First Place Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award for YA Fiction, and a category finalist for the Eric Hoffer award, a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction and more.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. 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. Contact Mia at or visit at to see what is going on in Mia’s world.


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  1. James Robert says

    Thanks for sharing your book and I enjoyed getting to hear about it.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. bernie wallace says

    How long did it take you to write your book?

  4. I’m so happy to be here today with a spotlight of my new YA release, ALL BOY!! Thanks!

  5. Rita Wray says

    I enjoyed the post, thank you.

  6. Victoria says

    Happy Friday, I’ve enjoyed following the tour for All Boy and I’m looking forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way.

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