Note from the author’s press release:
New Book Set in Florida Celebrates Diversity while Tackling Homophobia and Anti-Semitism
Florida, USA – On June 15th, readers will have the chance to dive into a new novel set in Florida that promises to deliver a fresh perspective on diversity, friendship, and love. “Butterflies In The End Zone” by Jacob Gelman follows the journey of two high school students, Alex and Jamie, as they navigate their way through the complexities of love and friendship, while dealing with the challenges of growing up in a homophobic and anti-Semitic environment.
With recent attacks against minorities taking place in Florida, “Butterflies In The End Zone” could not have come at a better time. The book features a proudly Jewish gay character, Jamie, and highlights the importance of accepting and embracing diversity. The story takes place around Jacksonville, Florida, where homophobia and anti-Semitism are rampant, making it a challenging environment for the characters to express their true selves.
The book’s author, Jacob Gelman, explained, “I wrote the story I needed growing up as a young gay Jewish kid in the south. A story that celebrated me, and my identity, not only in being gay but being Jewish as well. A story that showed we come from all areas, not just isolated bubbles in the northeast or California, but in unaccepting environments as well. I deal with what that looks like, the good, the bad, and the ugly.”
“Butterflies In The End Zone” promises to be a heartwarming and compelling story that will capture readers’ hearts and minds. It is a story about Alex, the quarterback of Scalia High’s football team, falling for the new kid that moved from San Francisco. It is a story that promotes love, acceptance, and inclusivity and encourages readers to embrace diversity. This book is not only a must-read for young adults, but also for anyone who values diversity, equality, and social justice.
Butterflies in the End Zone
by Jacob Gelman
Release Date: June 15, 2023
Genres: Contemporary M/M Young Adult Gay Romance, #ownvoices
Tropes: strangers to friends to lovers, bi awakening
Themes: coming out, communication, sports
Heat Rating: 3 flames
Length: Novel / 72,000 Words / 169 Pages
Butterflies in the End Zone is a standalone book and does not end on a cliffhanger.
Alex has everything going for him. He’s the quarterback of the football team. He has a great group of friends. He’s popular. He’s got stellar grades. So, why is he so enamored by the new kid from the Bay Area?
Meanwhile, Jamie doesn’t understand why the quarterback of Scalia’s football team could possibly want to be friends with him: the closeted Jewish kid. It’s the last thing he needs to worry about after leaving California for Jacksonville. He planned on just keeping his head down and finishing his senior year quietly to get into his dream school.
Against the odds, though, they become close friends in an area that would teach them to be enemies. But, over time, their friendship turns into something deeper – scaring the both of them. Will their love survive the trials of being in a homophobic environment? Or will it all prove to be too much for them?
About Jacob Gelman
I’m a staunch advocate for lgbt rights. I’m originally from Melbourne, Florida. I am a board member for colectiva queer and a founder of the political action group Florida Fighting Fascism. I have worked with the Brevard Democratic Party, Equality Florida (twice), Congressman Darren Soto, and am a current fellow with People for Power Florida. I am a current student at Brown University studying political science. At university, I am part of the philosophy, politics, and economics society and the Brown Debating Union. I have written for Queerty, OutTraveler, and Florida Today. I am the author of the young adult gay romance novel entitled Butterflies In The End Zone (2023).