Acting the Part


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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

ZR ELLOR is an author and literary agent from the Washington, DC area. An avid lifelong reader, he wrote his first novel when he was twelve years old and never put down his pen. He graduated from Cornell University with a dual degree in biology and English literature. He is the author of young adult and adult novels including May the Best Man Win, Acting the Part, and Silk Fire. No Better then Beasts is his YA fantasy debut. His non-literary interests include running, travel, and global cuisine. He lives in Long Beach, CA.


"This queer coming-of-age story offers a high-appeal, fandom-inspired romantic subplot with a prickly, enemies-to-lovers dynamic involving an asexual love interest. The central conflict diverges from the path of a straightforward savior narrative, focusing instead on confronting privilege, setting healthy boundaries, and unlearning gendered expectations." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Ellor adeptly centers [fictional sci-fi show] Galaxy Spark's script and crew to address themes of homophobia, misogyny, and white privilege. An inviting tale of self-expression and discovery." -- Publishers Weekly

"Ellor's novel will resonate with anyone who has explored who they are and who they want to be." -- Booklist

"Acting the Part takes the fun of fake dating and fandom to tell a thoughtful, nuanced story about stories. Ellor asks--and answers--charged questions about who holds the power when writing queer characters and what it takes to flip the script." -- Jasper Sanchez, author of The (Un)popular Vote

Praise for May the Best Man Win: "Ellor delivers an intense story about self-discovery, pain, and forgiveness. [A] nuanced conversation about the challenges that coming out as trans brings for the transgender person and the relationships they must navigate. Fans of Leah Johnson's You Should See Me in a Crown (2020) won't want to miss this thoughtful lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers high-school dramedy with a romantic core." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Roaring, raging, and riotous, May the Best Man Win is a queer lovers-to-exes-to-enemies-to-lovers romance that will have you rooting for both Jeremy and Lucas to win homecoming king―and each other's hearts." -- The Nerd Daily

"Earnest, charming, and completely unafraid to dive headfirst into the beautifully messy complexity of grief, gender, and growth. May the Best Man Win won my heart completely." -- Becky Albertalli, New York Times-bestselling author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

" utterly fresh romance with messy queer teens falling in and out of love, finding their community, and fighting to be seen. ZR Ellor's debut puts him on the map as a new, exciting voice." -- Molly Knox Ostertag, author of The Witch Boy

"With effervescent writing and bold, stereotype-defying characters, ZR Ellor crafts a much-needed, nuanced depiction of both gender identity and neurodiversity. May the Best Man Win taught me a little about myself, and had me feeling the school spirit more than I ever did for my own high school!" -- Jackson Bird, YouTuber and author of Sorted: Growing Up, Coming Out, and Finding My Place