IT GOES LIKE THIS
In Miel Moreland's heartfelt young adult debut, four queer teens realize that sometimes you have to risk hitting repeat on heartbreak.
Eva, Celeste, Gina, and Steph used to think their friendship was unbreakable. After all, they've been through a lot together, including the astronomical rise of Moonlight Overthrow, the world-famous queer pop band they formed in middle school, never expecting to headline anything bigger than the county fair.
But after a sudden falling out leads to the dissolution of the teens' band, their friendship, and Eva and Celeste's starry-eyed romance, nothing is the same. Gina and Celeste step further into the spotlight, Steph disappears completely, and Eva, heartbroken, takes refuge as a songwriter and secret online fangirl...of her own band. That is, until a storm devastates their hometown, bringing the four ex-best-friends back together. As they prepare for one last show, they'll discover whether growing up always means growing apart.
Illustration: Jenn Woodall
Design: Trisha Previte
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Primary CWs: misgendering, underage drinking
Secondary CWs (minor references): biphobia, homophobia, substance addiction, eating disorders/body image
"Funny, romantic, and moving..." — Publisher's Weekly
"This engaging novel... delivers a memorable story surrounding gender identity, love, and friendship; readers will be clamoring for more." — Booklist
"This novel is a home run." — School Library Journal
"Compulsively readable...a love letter to friendship and platonic love...an absolute winner." —The Nerd Daily
"A delicious escape, the kind of book where you dive in and just want to stay a while. A journey through memory, love, family, and loss...This novel was a soothing balm to my heart." — Aminah Mae Safi, author of This is All Your Fault
"A poignant debut about friendship, falling out, falling in, and finding one’s way...will have you singing in your seat and fangirling long after you finish the final chapters." — Jaye Robin Brown, author of Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit
"It Goes Like This was everything my music nerd heart needed AND wanted. Lyrical and heart-wrenching...beautiful representation, sweetest longing and the pop-star romance of my dreams; Swifties will swoon happily with this story tattooed on their hearts." — Erin Hahn, author of You'd Be Mine and More Than Maybe
"A breathtakingly heartfelt debut, It Goes Like This is a stunning and poignant coming of age story that centers queer kids in all their nuance. I wish I could read it again for the first time. Like our favorite songs, this story will stick with you long after you’ve reached the end." —Kalynn Baron, author of Cinderella is Dead
"It Goes Like This is a touching and delightful exploration of queer friendship, love, and art. I want to live in this fun, heartfelt, and important book ‘til the moon crashes into the sea." — Auriane Desombre, author of I Think I Love You
"A moving story of friendship, love, and growing up. Like the best of melodies, it will stay with you long after it’s over." — Caleb Roehrig, author of Fell of Dark
"Moreland’s writing instantly pulled me in, seamlessly weaving together multiple points of view to tell a rich, gripping story full of heartbreak and joy. A spectacular debut about queer love, life, and friendship, It Goes Like This is a song I never wanted to end." —Jennifer Dugan, author of Hot Dog Girl