BOOK REVIEW (ARC): May the Best Man Win by Z R Ellor

May the Best Man Win by Z R Ellor

Release Date: May 18, 2021

Page Count: 288 pages

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


A trans boy enters a throw-down battle for the title of Homecoming King with the boy he dumped last summer in ZR Ellor’s contemporary YA debut.

Jeremy Harkiss, cheer captain and student body president, won’t let coming out as a transgender boy ruin his senior year. Instead of bowing to the bigots and outdate school administration, Jeremy decides to make some noise—and how better than by challenging his all-star ex-boyfriend, Lukas for the title of Homecoming King?

Lukas Rivers, football star and head of the Homecoming Committee, is just trying to find order in his life after his older brother’s funeral and the loss long-term girlfriend—who turned out to be a boy. But when Jeremy threatens to break his heart and steal his crown, Lukas kick starts a plot to sabotage Jeremy’s campaign.

When both boys take their rivalry too far, the dance is on the verge of being canceled. To save Homecoming, they’ll have to face the hurt they’re both hiding—and the lingering butterflies they can’t deny.


I really enjoyed this exes-to-lovers novel. But first, I’ve got to say that this is not a rom-com. The cover and blurb made me think that but it’s a lot more intense.

✔Second chance romance
✔Childhood friends
✔Autistic MC
✔Trans MC
✔Dual POV

Reading this was book was like going through every emotion twice. I was angry, happy and sad. Jeremy got on my nerves for the majority of the book. Both Lukas and Jeremy are wonderfully messy and angsty and most of the time I wanted to scream at them to think. They make it so hard to like them but the character growth and development was really meaningful and by the end I could see how they are perfect for each other.

I loved the side characters, especially Sol. The friendships were great but I wish Naomi and Ben had a little more development than the Asian bestfriends. I also wanted a chapter with Lukas and Jeremy being a couple and just, I don’t know, dating. The ending just feels a bit rushed.

But overall it was really good and I definitely recommend it but don’t expect a rom-com, because I did, and it really surprised me.

TR: transphobia, deadnaming (not mentioned), homophobia, ableism, death of a family member, sexual harassment

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review

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