NATE PLUS ONE
Author: Kevin Van Whye
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publishing Date: May 10, 2022
The gorgeous new feelgood LGBTQ+ romantic comedy from the author of Date Me, Bryson Keller!
Two boys. Two bands. Two worlds colliding.
Nate Hargraves – stage-shy singer-songwriter – is totally stoked for his cousin’s wedding in South Africa, an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. Until he finds out his sleazeball ex-boyfriend is also on the guest list.
Jai Patel – hot-as-hell high school rock-god – has troubles too. His band’s lead singer has quit, just weeks before the gig that was meant to be their big break.
When Nate saves the day by agreeing to sing with Jai’s band, Jai volunteers to be Nate’s plus-one to the wedding, and the stage is set for a summer of music, self-discovery, and simmering romantic tension. What could possibly go wrong . . . ?
‘One of the most adorable, big-hearted, charming books in existence’ – Becky Albertalli, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, on Date Me, Bryson Keller!
Kevin van Whye was born and raised in South Africa, where his love for storytelling started at a young age. Kevin is the author of Date Me, Bryson Keller. He lives in Johannesburg, and when he’s not reading, he’s writing stories that give his characters the happy rom-com endings they deserve.
Author Links: Goodreads
Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours, Netgalley and the author for providing me with a free digital copy to read. This in no way, has influenced my thoughts on the book. You can check my review out here. You can check out the other posts on the tour here.
Q1: Hi there Kevin! I am so happy to have you here with us! Before we begin, do you mind sharing
some random facts about yourself?
Thank you so much for having me.
Much like Nate, I am not a morning person. I love rom-coms— they’re my favorite movie genre to
watch. And a random fact about me and my writing process is that I have to write in silence. And so I
am always jealous of writers who make playlists for their writing sessions and such but I have tried
and it just doesn’t work well for me.
Q2: Nate Plus One is a wonderful novel! What inspired you to write it?
With Nate Plus One I wanted to write a story set in my home country and share that with my
readers. So that was really the start, and then I looked at some of the tropes that I love such as
friends to lovers. There’s also a rom-com that I love called The Wedding Date starring Debra
Messing, Dermot Mulroney and a blonde Amy Adams, and so I wanted to do a gay YA take on it.
Q3: The cover of the novel is very pretty! What was the cover design process like?
We decided pretty early on that the cover would be illustrated and with art from the fantastic
Kingsley Nebechi it all came together. From there it was just a matter of us deciding on the color of
the background. And I am thrilled with the end product.
Q4: I love the setting of South Africa! Are there scenes that were your favourite to write about,
specifically from the ones set in the country?
I loved writing the Durban scenes because Durban is a city I really love and have spent a lot of time
there. I also enjoyed exploring the farm life with Nate—especially that goose scene.
Q5: I could almost imagine the boys singing the songs, they were so good! What was the song-
writing process like?
Difficult. Haha. I am not musically inclined at all. But I tried my best. So, I’m relieved to hear this.
Q6: Lastly, what do you hope readers will take away from this novel?
I wrote this book in the middle of the pandemic and lockdown, and for me it was an escape. And so I
hope that the readers get to feel that they can take a brief trip while reading this novel. And above
all else I just want my readers to be happy while reading the book.
And that was it for today’s post guys! Let me know in the comments if this book’s on your TBR!
P.S.- This was my first author interview ever- Eep!