Mason Deaver Announces New YA Novel, ‘The Ghosts We Keep’


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Mason Deaver, non-binary author of I Wish You All The Best, announced that their second new book, The Ghosts We Keep, was picked up by Jeffrey West at Scholastic and is planned to be published late 2020. Mason took to Twitter to talk about their new contemporary YA book:

“THE GHOST WE KEEP is the story of Liam Cooper who is a trans kid still trying to figure things out. So they’re still in the closet, but mostly because that’s where they’re most comfortable right now. They have a crush on their best friend Joel, and they’re desperately hoping that something will come of it and they’re trying to get the nerve to ask Joel out. Things come crashing to a halt when Liam’s twin brother is killed though. Suddenly Liam sees their brother’s face in the mirror, and they have to contend with being half of a whole. The book is about grief, rejection, fear, dealing with PTSD. It comes from my own experience of losing my father in 2017 (in the exact way Liam loses their brother). The book is dark, I’m not going to lie it may be difficult for a lot of readers. Liam goes through a lot, they deal with their own gender, losing the person they love the most, rejection from people around them. There is a scene (so far at least who knows what edits may do) where Liam considers taking their own life. These are things both I and my mother experience after my father was killed. And this is my way of getting through that.”

Though there is currently no release date or pre-order information, in the meantime you can check out Mason’s website for more information!

Nicole joined Nerds and Beyond in 2019 and is excited to finally get back into writing. As a life-long nerdy fangirl from New Jersey, she loves Supernatural and its fandom as well as anything Wayward, Kings of Con, Lucifer, Wynonna Earp, and the musical Bandstand. She’s constantly listening to Louden Swain, The Station Breaks, Briana Buckmaster, The Avett Brothers, The Mots Nouveaux, or any of Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts. When she’s not [procrastinating] on Twitter, you can usually find her binging Netflix with her dog, reading fanfic, or daydreaming about being back in Arizona or Disney World!

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