Forward March

(Page Street Kids, March 22nd, 2022)

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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.


Forward March is an ALA Rainbow Book List pick for 2023!

This puts a new spin on the fakedating trope in YA, tackling big issues that are still present for queer teens today like family acceptance in conservative spaces, while hitting all the sweet beats of any YA romance. Quinlan’s debut is the perfect read for proud band nerds and anyone who’s learning to accept themselves, no matter what.” — Booklist

[…] Satisfyingly hits the beats of many queer teen rom-coms […] It is immensely refreshing to see an asexual romantic lead whose sexuality isn’t a point of conflict in either her relationship or the broader narrative. Readers will welcome this addition to the ace YA canon.” — Kirkus Reviews

I ate up Skye Quinlan’s prose like candy. Forward March is a fun, inclusive, gloriously band geeky romance that tugged hard at my heartstrings.” — Robbie Couch, author of THE SKY BLUES

Fresh, full of heart, and gloriously queer. Skye Quinlan hits all the right notes.” — Tobias Madden, author of ANYTHING BUT FINE. 

Forward March is a wonderfully warm, funny and tender story and Margot is a feisty, take no prisoners love interest that I would die for.” — Ciara Smyth, author of THE FALLING LOVE MONTAGE and NOT MY PROBLEM.

Timeless and irresistibly charming, I’m starry-eyed for this book.” — Cale Dietrich, author of THE LOVE INTEREST and co-author of IF THIS GETS OUT.