Forward March by Skye Quinlan
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: March 8, 2022
What’s worse? Someone using your face for catfishing or realizing you actually do have a crush on the catfished girl?
Harper “Band Geek” McKinley just wants to make it through her senior year of marching band—and her Republican father’s presidential campaign. That was a tall order to start, but everything was going well enough until someone made a fake gay dating profile posing as Harper. The real Harper can’t afford for anyone to find out about the Tinder profile for three very important reasons:
1. Her mom is the school dean and dating profiles for students are strictly forbidden.
2. Harper doesn’t even know if she likes anyone like that—let alone if she likes other girls.
3. If this secret gets out, her father could lose the election, one she’s not sure she even wants him to win.
But upon meeting Margot Blanchard, the drumline leader who swiped right, Harper thinks it might be worth the trouble to let Margot get to know the real her.
With her dad’s campaign on the line, Harper’s relationship with her family at stake, and no idea who made that fake dating profile, Harper has to decide what’s more important to her: living her truth or becoming the First Daughter of America.
I loved Forward March, a sapphic YA contemporary with an ace lesbian main character! Margot and Harper are really cute and I enjoyed seeing their relationship progress from friends to more.
I didn’t really like Harper’s friends, they annoyed me a lot but Margot’s were amazing! Sarah was such a great friend and I love her so much. It was great see Margot and Sarah support Harper, as most of her friends and her parents didnt.
It also has great non binary and bisexual representation. I loved the band and music aspect and it was so much fun. Also really loved Christian and Ben, though they only appeared for a short time. Overall I really enjoyed this novel.
*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley and TBR Books and Beyond in exchange for an honest and unbiased review
“I’m part of something, I guess, something bigger than me that makes other people happy.
“We’ve got you, McKinley. Now and always.”
“Because it’s something I chose for myself. Because I’m good at it, sometimes, and because I love making other people happy.
This is your life, Josie, and you deserve to live it however you want.
About the Author
Skye Quinlan (she/her) was born in California during an earthquake and raised in the Midwest, where cornstalks outnumber people. She studied physical and cultural anthropology at Oregon State University, with a focus on ancient civilizations and a minor in creative writing. Forward March (Page Street Kids, February 1st, 2022) is her debut novel. When she’s not writing, you can catch her at the nearest metaphysics or craft store, dressed up in cosplay at the nearest convention, or ruining antique furniture with epoxy resin and paint. Skye still lives in the Midwest with her wife, their two dogs, several lizards, a snake, and the occasional little human (their niece). She is represented by Moe Ferrara at BookEnds Literary Agency.