< return to young adult
AUTHOR: ‘Nathan Burgoine
PUBLISHER: Bold Strokes Books
AWARDS: Prix Aurora Award Nominee for Best YA Novel (English) (2019)
Exit Plans for Teenage Freaks
by ‘Nathan Burgoine
Being the kid abducted by old Ms. Easton when he was four permanently set Cole’s status to freak. At seventeen, his exit plan is simple: make it through the last few weeks of high school with his grades up and his head down.
When he pushes through the front door of the school and finds himself eighty kilometers away holding the door of a museum he was just thinking about, Cole faces facts: he’s either more deluded than old Ms. Easton, or he just teleported.
Now every door is an accident waiting to happen―especially when Cole thinks about Malik, who, it turns out, has a glass door on his shower. When he starts seeing the same creepy people over his shoulder, no matter how far he’s gone, crushes become the least of his worries. They want him to stop, and they’ll go to any length to make it happen.
Cole is running out of luck, excuses, and places to hide.
Time for a new exit plan.
Multiple significant characters identify on-page as bi and pan. In several scenes, characters discuss intricacies and divisions over bi/pan labels and definitions.