Tim Te Maro and the Subterranean Heartsick Blues

English language

Published Nov. 6, 2023 by Hardie Grant Children's Publishing.


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What happens when your enemy becomes your friend … with benefits? Red, White and Royal Blue meets The Magicians in this surprising, wildly original and joyously funny LGBTQ YA novel set in a magical boarding school.

Tim Te Maro and Elliott Parker – classmates at Fox Glacier High School for the Magically Adept – have never gotten along. But when they both get dumped the day before the big egg-baby assignment, they reluctantly decide to ditch their exes and work together.

When the two boys start to bond over their magically enchanted egg-baby, they realise that beneath their animosity is something like friendship … or physical attraction. Soon, a no-strings-attached hook-up seems like a good idea. Just for the duration of the assignment. After all, they don’t have feelings for each other … so what could possibly go wrong?

From debut Kiwi author H.S. Valley, the latest winner of the …

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  • Young adult fiction, romance, lgbtq+
  • Young adult fiction, school & education, boarding school & prep school
  • Young adult fiction, social themes, dating & sex
  • Young adult fiction, fantasy, contemporary
  • Young adult fiction, lgbtq+