Pitched as a speculative Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda with a focus on identity, found family, and friendship, the novel follows a queer Indian-Muslim boy travelling the world for a second chance at love after a possibly magical heiress grants him three wishes.
Publication Date: June 21, 2022
“Kutub's highly stylized prose . . . and Sy's energetic deep dive into his heritage present an upbeat, wish-fulfillment tale.” ―Publishers Weekly
“It succeeds in covering a gamut of themes, including what it's like being brown-skinned and facing Islamophobia, experiencing heady first love, and exploring one's identity. . . . An intense read that's packed with adventure, humor, and lots of soul.” ―Kirkus Reviews
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Naz was born and raised in Singapore, and currently resides in Los Angeles, but constantly wonders why because the sun is his greatest enemy. He is pretty sure his ADHD is his superpower and believes it is the only thing stopping him from becoming a supermodel. That, and his unhealthy obsession with fried chicken. Oh, and there’s also this whole writing thing he can’t seem to shake off. THE LOOPHOLE (Spring ’22, Bloomsbury) is his debut novel.
Tags: YA, Magical Realism, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC