Coffee Boy by Austin Chant


Coffee Boy
Austin Chant

After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers—only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign. But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watches his every move.

Soon, the only upside to the job is that Seth has a painful crush on their painfully straight boss, and Kieran has a front row seat to the drama. But when Seth proves to be as respectful and supportive as he is prickly, Kieran develops an awkward crush of his own—one which Seth is far too prim and proper to ever reciprocate. 


What a cute, fun, quick read.  It didn’t take me long to start rooting for Kieran and Seth to get together and be the adorable ‘opposites attract’ couple they were meant to be.  I liked that this story made a point to focus on the issues Kieran faced in a workplace environment but didn’t make it the story’s sole narrative.  The issues were handled sensitively and openly.  The book showcased the struggles that transgender people unfortunately go through in their day to day lives in the span of just over sixty pages.

But, it’s also a fun book.  Kieran’s witty and brash, lonely and yearning, while Seth is hostile and angry, sad and secretive.  I wanted them to get together but I’ve been hurt before by couples I loved so I was waiting for the bus to hit me when they eventually went their separate ways.  Thankfully, that didn’t happen.  I would have loved to read more on these two but I’m also happy with this uplifting, quirky, cute read.