The Making Of Us by Debbie McGowan
Published: June 20th, 2017
Length: 97,000 words (366 pages) approx.
When English Lit. student Jesse Thomas meets Leigh Hunter, he has to reconsider a few assumptions he's made about himself.
Two years ago, Jesse joined Pride - the uni's LGBT+ society - to support best friend Noah, and Noah's boyfriend, Matty. As a straight, cismale ally, Jesse keeps a low profile - not difficult for someone as shy and body-conscious as he is.
Leigh Hunter is Noah and Matty's new housemate. Born with a life-threatening congenital condition, Leigh is intersex and identifies as queer - none of which alters Jesse's conviction that they are the most beautiful person in the world.
While Jesse and Leigh get to know each other, a new academic year begins in earnest, bringing with it the usual challenge of balancing work and play. Add in a week's holiday in Cornwall that Jesse and Leigh half-wish they hadn't agreed to, Jesse's unplanned involvement in the election of Pride's new officers, and some big decisions for Noah and Matty, it's going to be an interesting semester all round.
NOTE: this is a stand-alone novel, but you might wish to read the series in order.
In the Checking Him Out Series:
Checking Him Out (Book One - Sol and Adam)
Checking Him Out For The Holidays (Novella - Sol and Adam)
Hiding Out (Novella - a crossover featuring Matty and Noah, and Josh, George and Libby from Hiding Behind The Couch)
Taking Him On (Book Two - Noah and Matty)
Checking In (Book Three - Sol and Adam)
The Making Of Us (Book Four - Jesse and Leigh)