Blog tour & Giveaway: May the best man win (ZR Ellor) | a hard-hitting YA contemporary with a second chance romance!

Time to talk about another trope I really like: second chance romances! There’s something so beautiful about trying to trust one another again, trying to reignite that spark…with knowing the pain losing that person again could cause. This trope is one of the things that attracted me to May the best man win by ZR Ellor, which is a book that comes out today!

But of course that wasn’t the only reason I was hyped about reading this; it has a trans main character, an autistic main character and it’s gay! Plus, the concept sounded interesting so, well…hard to resist, am I right? That’s why I’ll be telling you all about this YA contemporary today! Let’s just take a look, shall we?

May the best man win by ZR Ellor (buy here!)
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: May 18th, 2021
Genre: Young adult, Contemporary
Representation: trans/autistic mcs, gay relationship, non-binary/Latin/Asian scs
Trigger/Content warnings: transphobia, misgendering, dead naming, misogyny, bullying, attempted sexual assault, harassment, violence, homophobia, ableism, death of a family member, racism

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A trans boy enters a throw-down battle for the title of Homecoming King with the boy he dumped last summer in ZR Ellor’s contemporary YA debut.

Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, won’t let coming out as a transgender boy ruin his senior year. Instead of bowing to the bigots and outdated school administration, Jeremy decides to make some noise—and how better than by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend, Lukas for the title of Homecoming King?

Lukas Rivers, football star and head of the Homecoming Committee, is just trying to find order in his life after his older brother’s funeral and the loss long-term girlfriend—who turned out to be a boy. But when Jeremy threatens to break his heart and steal his crown, Lukas kick starts a plot to sabotage Jeremy’s campaign.

When both boys take their rivalry too far, the dance is on the verge of being canceled. To save Homecoming, they’ll have to face the hurt they’re both hiding—and the lingering butterflies they can’t deny.

“Because the world values our lies over our truths, our silence over our voices, our deaths over our lives. “Our story is supposed to be about suffering,” I tell the GSA. “I propose we shine.”

ZR Ellor, May the best man win (quoted from an advanced copy)

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review! This did not affect my opinions in any way.

About the author

Z.R. ELLOR Author

Z. R. Ellor (he/him) is the author of MAY THE BEST MAN WIN and the forthcoming adult fantasy SILK FIRE (written as Zabé Ellor.) He holds a BA in English Lit and biology from Cornell University. When not writing, he can be found running, playing video games, and hunting the best brunch deals in Washington D.C.. Find him online at

Giveaway time!

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If you are excited about seeing more (amazing) book blogs talking about May the best man win, be sure to check out the tour schedule here!

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I’m sad I can’t review this one on my blog, because I have a lot to say about it, so keep an eye out on my Goodreads if you’re interested! I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about this book. I first thought it was a romcom which it, well, isn’t AT ALL! But…

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