Angelo Surmelis was raised in Greece until he immigrated to Illinois at the age of five. He currently lives in Los Angeles. An award-winning designer, Surmelis has been featured on over fifty television shows, including the Today show and Extra, as well as in magazines such as InStyle, TV Guide, and Entertainment Weekly. He has worked as a host on networks like HGTV and TLC. He can be found online at www.angelohome.com.
"Another heartbreaking novel that pits religion and sexuality against each other, but with an important, culturally specific perspective."--Kirkus Reviews "Readers will yearn for Evan to achieve the freedom, happiness, and love he deeply desires."--Publishers Weekly "A poignant, sometimes explosive debut."--Booklist Previews "At once timely and timeless. A funny/wise/poignant triumph of a debut."--Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places "Surmelis gives readers a protagonist to truly cheer for. A beautifully crafted story."--School Library Journal (starred review) "Angelo Surmelis writes with unflinching honesty, wisdom, and heartbreaking grace about the struggle for self when family is one of your greatest obstacles."--Kerry Kletter, author of The First Time She Drowned "This is a story of survival and of triumphing to become one's authentic self. An important book that will serve as a lighthouse for gay teenagers and build empathy in all readers, no matter their backgrounds."--Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie and The Truth About Alice "Your heart will break and beat for Evan Panos. This is a soaring and courageous debut, unafraid to tackle the weighty subjects of faith and love."--Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of The Serpent King