To celebrate the release, Rudetsky is offering a book reading and signing at Barnes & Noble on Manhattan's Upper East Side Jan. 23. Joining him for the dramatic reading and live performance are Broadway favorites Kerry Butler, Rory O'Malley and Matt Cavenaugh.
"Justin has two goals for sophomore year: to date Chuck, the hottest boy in school, and to become the king of Cool U, the table in the cafeteria where the 'in' crowd sits," according to press notes for the new book. "Unfortunately, he has the wrong look (short, plump, Brillo-pad curls), he has the wrong interests (Broadway, chorus violin), and he has the wrong friends (Spencer, into Eastern religions, and Mary Ann, who doesn't shave her armpits). And Chuck? Well, he's not gay; he's dating Becky, a girl in chorus with whom Justin is friendly. But Justin is determined. In detention one day (because he saw Chuck get it first), Justin comes up with a perfect plan. To allow Becky to continue dating Chuck, whom Becky's dad hates, they will pretend that Becky is dating Justin, whom Becky's dad loves. And when Becky and Justin go out on a fake date, Chuck will meet up with them for a real date with Becky. Chuck's bound to find Justin irresistible, right? What could go wrong?"
The Upper East Side Barnes and Noble is located at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.