Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

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5.7 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author
JONNY GARZA VILLA (they/them) is an author of contemporary young adult literature with characters and settings inspired by their own Tejane, Chicane, and queer identities, including the Pura Belpré Honor Book Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun and Ander & Santi Were Here, a Best YA of 2023 selection. Whatever the storyline, Jonny ultimately hopes Latines, and, more specifically, queer Mexican American young people will feel seen in their writing. When not writing, Jonny enjoys reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons, visiting taquerías, listening to Selena, and caring for their many cacti children. They live in San Antonio.

Pura Belpré Honor Book

"Garza Villa's debut is buoyed by tenderness and humor amid moments of deep pain...An open-hearted expression of love in its many forms." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Although parts of the story are heartbreaking and heavy, they are balanced with humor and hope, giving queer teens of color opportunities to see joy and love reflected back to them. Tender, touching, hopeful, and hilarious; enthusiastically recommended for all collections." --School Library Journal (starred review)

"Deeply moving, Villa's debut fills a longstanding need in LGBTQ+ literature for more Latinx characters and a love story between two BIPOC characters. A lovely, important book that deserves a wide readership." --Booklist (starred review)

"Offering accessible prose that impeccably interweaves Spanish and English, Garza Villa's tender debut is sex-positive and romantic, balancing humor and heartfelt relationships even as it shows the joys and pains of one person's experience coming out." --Publishers Weekly

"Emotional, heartfelt, and at times heartbreaking, this vulnerable and ultimately hopeful story is healing. Jonny writes with clear care and intention for their younger readers. Beautifully done." --Kacen Callender, author of Felix Ever After and This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

"Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun is the gay happily-ever-after romance I longed for as a teen! With its fun and refreshing voice, the book depicts a long-distance relationship that is sweet and incredibly authentic for teens nowadays. This book tackles the intense, nuanced struggles queer Latinx kids face with care and compassion. It's a story of love, hope, and healing that we all need right now." --Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys

"This book is a revelation. It's like Jonny Garza Villa wrote a book for seventeen-year-old me just as much as they wrote it for the person I am today. Told in a wildly entertaining, conversational style, it's equal parts heartbreak and joy, and it centers queer people of color in all their brilliant glory. It's the Whataburger to my In-N-Out, and I can't wait for the world to lose their shit over it." --Mark Oshiro, author of Anger Is a Gift and Each of Us a Desert

"Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun perfectly captures everything bittersweet about digital dating and long-term long-distance relationships without sacrificing an ounce of romance. Jonny Garza Villa lights up the sky in a debut that's equal parts heartbreaking and healing, sincere and snarky, with a cast of teens you will want to fight for." --Anna Meriano, author of This Is How We Fly

"Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun shines like a supernova. A heartfelt debut that sings with its authentic moments of discovery, pain, triumph, humor, and tender romance. Julián Luna's journey is universally relatable and deeply needed." --Julian Winters, award-winning author of Running with Lions

"An emotionally honest book that captures both sides of coming out as a gay teen: the light, laughter, and joy, and the difficulties and devastation." --Adiba Jaigirdar, author of The Henna Wars

"A stunning debut about first love, longing, and loving yourself." --Mason Deaver, bestselling author of I Wish You All the Best and The Ghosts We Keep

"A refreshing addition to LGBTQ literature, Garza Villa's Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun authentically reminds us of the power of love, the strength of friendships (near and far), and most importantly, the complexities of living as our true selves. A book I wish I had when I was a teen, and a must read by all those, no matter their ages, working to define themselves in this messed-up, complicated, beautiful world." --Kosoko Jackson, author of Yesterday Is History

"Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa is definitely the book I wish I'd had when I was younger! It's a sweet rom-com with a Latino main character who falls for his Twitter crush after messily coming out to the internet. It's the first time I saw a character going through similar experiences I had growing up as both Latinx and queer, and how complicated those intersections can be..." --Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys