If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know I’m a contemporary fan. I’ve been reading more adult romances lately, but I will be getting back to some young adult ones soon. Including Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler. Today is my stop on the tour for this book hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours. I actually have an interview with the author. So keep on reading to find out more about this book and see what the author had to say!
Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Publishing Date: June 7, 2022
In this sweet and funny new f/f romance from the author of Cool for the Summer, a cheerleader and the school’s newest quarterback are playing to win, but might lose their hearts in the process.
Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.
The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she’s only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.
Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can’t stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.
Dahlia Adler’s Home Field Advantage is a sparkling romance about fighting for what – or who – you truly want.
Content warnings: off-page death by car accident, off-page pregnancy loss (including some on-page conversation about abortion), homophobia, misogyny, alcohol use (light), references to racism
What inspired you to write Home Field Advantage?
There was a photograph in the New York Times of a cheerleader doing a female football player’s hair, and one day it was going ridiculous viral on Twitter. I knew immediately I wanted to write a book with that pairing.
What has been your favorite part of your publishing journey so far?
Having readers in other countries is probably the part that blows my mind the most, especially when my books aren’t available in their native language but they just go ahead and read the English version. That’s just absolutely incredible to me. On a more day-to-day level, I really love the way that other authors become your coworkers in a way. The friends I’ve made in publishing are incredible and I’m so grateful for them.
Describe Home Field Advantage in five words or less.
Cheerleader/quarterback romance, but Sapphic!
What do you hope readers take away from Home Field Advantage?
That where you come from doesn’t define who you are, and the people you grew up with don’t have to be your future. Home is where your support is.
What is your favorite quote in Home Field Advantage?
Absolutely an unpopular answer, but: “Here’s the thing: I really like Jack. But I love me.”
If you were a character in your book, what kind of character would you be?
Well, I definitely wouldn’t be a cheerleader or a football player! I like to think I’d be a student in the crowd who’d cheer Jack on even when no one else is. But don’t we all like to think that?
There are a lot of amazing bloggers and bookstagrammers participating on this tour this week. Click here for the full schedule to follow along with the tour.
About the Author
Dahlia Adler (she/her) is an Editor of mathematics by day, a Buzzfeed blogger and LGBTQReads overlord by night, and a Young Adult and Romance author at every spare moment in between. Her novels include the Radleigh University trilogy, Kids’ Indie Next pick Cool for the Summer, and Home Field Advantage, and she is the editor of the anthologies His Hideous Heart (a Junior Library Guild selection), That Way Madness Lies, At Midnight, and, with Jennifer Iacopelli, Out of Our League (upcoming from Feiwel & Friends). Dahlia lives in New York with her family and an obscene number of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.
Home Field Advantage really feels like a perfect summer read. I know I’ll be picking this up this summer. So keep an eye out for my review.