Well, what can I tell you? Never has something sounded as perfect as a coming of age story about four queer friends in a famous band that has to reunite, years after they split up. There was so much to this story, from the second-chance romance to the friendship aka found family to the struggles teenagers go through to the fandom world to the unmistakable queerness to—I think you get it now.
Miel Moreland’s debut was heartfelt and so incredibly relatable, which is why I’m more than thrilled to have her here as my guest today! In this short interview we’re talking all about It goes like this and, of course, being queer! I say it’s time to convince every single one of you to pick up this book, so let’s take a walk, shall we?
It goes like this by Miel Moreland
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: May 18th, 2021
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
Representation: lesbian, lesbian/Jewish, pansexual/non-binary and black/bisexual main characters, sapphic relationship
Trigger warnings: primary: misgendering, underage drinking // minor: biphobia, homophobia, substance addiction, eating disorders/body image
In Miel Moreland’s heartfelt young adult debut, It Goes Like This, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak.
Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they’ve been though a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair.
But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens’ band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste’s starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl…of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they’ll discover whether growing up always means growing apart.
“It Goes Like This was everything my music nerd heart needed AND wanted. Lyrical and heart-wrenching…beautiful representation, sweetest longing and the pop-star romance of my dreams; Swifties will swoon happily with this story tattooed on their hearts.” – Erin Hahn, author of You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe
Hi Miel! First of all, thank you so much for doing this interview with me, I’m beyond excited! Could you introduce yourself and your debut a bit?
Thanks for having me! I grew up in Minnesota and consider myself a Midwestern writer, but in early adulthood I lived in other places that strongly influenced me, including Southern California and France. Now, I live in Boston. My debut, IT GOES LIKE THIS, is about the four (former) members of a broken-up queer band, who reunite in their hometown for a benefit concert after a devastating storm.
I love everything about It goes like this’s premise! I was already sold at “Four queer teens”, to be honest, but when I heard about the sapphic second-chance romance, it quickly became one of my most anticipated releases! Do you still remember when you came up with this idea?
The idea for this book had really been building over the course of about two years. I was very interested in the music industry, in fans, and I also wanted to write about friendship and queer romance. I wrote some short stories along the way, approaching these topics from different angles, and then finally one night I realized it had to center the band, but after the breakup. (If you read the Acknowledgements, you’ll see the exact date.)
What were your favourite types of scenes to write for this novel?
I loved writing all of the scenes in the past, where we see how they got to the present situation! I admit that I also really like a good argument scene—not all of which occur before the main timeline.
Like I said, there are four main characters, but which of them did you resonate with most?
There are elements of all four I really resonate with—they’re all their own people, but they also each have some small part of me, taken to an extreme, that makes up one part of their personalities. I feel closest to Eva, since she is the most similar to me and I spent the most time writing from her perspective.
What do you hope your readers will get from reading this?
I hope readers will walk away with joy, and imagine that some of the love the characters show each other is extended to them as well. Beyond that, I hope readers close the book with hope—that it’s okay to change your mind, for your friends to change their minds, and for everyone to keep growing and changing, sometimes separately, sometimes together.
If you could tell your younger writer self anything, what would it be?
Keep going—and don’t be afraid to make the characters queer (and in love!) on the page, not just in your head.
And lastly, what’s a book you’d recommend to the people reading this?
THE OTHER SIDE OF PERFECT, by Mariko Turk. It’s such a beautiful story about ambition, friendship, and new beginnings.
Thank you so much for this chat, Miel! It was amazing to talk to you, and I wish you all the good things in the future!
About the author
Miel Moreland writes character-driven contemporary Young Adult novels. Born and raised in Minneapolis, she has a Midwestern heart but wandering feet. When not making pop music references and celebrating fandom, she is likely to be found drinking hot chocolate and making spreadsheets. She currently resides in Boston.
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Conclusion of today? It goes like this is a queer fan’s dream and I’m a sucker for (sapphic) second-chance romances! But what’s a trope YOU are absolutely obsessed with?