Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends, and tonight is their last night working at the Pumpkin Patch. When Josiah expresses his desire to meet and finally talk to the object of his desire, the mystical Fudge Girl, Deja makes it her mission to make it happen. No matter what.
This was absolutely delightful, and captured everything I love about fall, along with having some pretty decent rep (even if all that rep was in Deja—as she was queer, fat and Black). However, Josiah was the soft boy who loves decorative gourds and was super shy and gentle and altogether super duper sweet and adorable (even if he didn’t have dimples like he wanted).
It’s a last night between two friends who slowly rehash the past three years and realize the depths of their friendships, and that their futures will forever change after their last night at the Patch.
Also, if you enjoy fall and miss all of those delicious seasonal snacks once winter begins (minus pumpkin spice, because blech), this is the book for you.
I initially received this as an ARC (twice, from NetGalley and Edelweiss), but they only sent a sample 18 pages and how the hell can you make an assessment from that? I’m very happy that my library has a digital copy.