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This Is Why They Hate Us

This fun, irreverent summer romp is Netflix’s Never Have I Ever meets What If It’s Us about a high school senior determined to get over his unrequited feelings for his best friend by getting under someone else.

Enrique “Quique” Luna has one goal this summer—get over his crush on Saleem Kanazi by pursuing his other romantic prospects. Never mind that he’s only out to his best friend, Fabiola. Never mind that he has absolutely zero game. And definitely forget the fact that good and kind and, not to mention, beautiful Saleem is leaving LA for the summer to meet a girl his parents are trying to set him up with.

Luckily, Quique’s prospects are each intriguing in their own ways. There’s stoner-jock Tyler Montana, who might be just as interested in Fabiola as he is in Quique; straitlaced senior class president, Ziggy Jackson; and Manny Zuniga, who keeps looking at Quique like he’s carne asada fresh off the grill. With all these choices, Quique is sure to forget about Saleem in no time.

But as the summer heats up and his deep-seated fears and anxieties boil over, Quique soon realizes that getting over one guy by getting under a bunch of others may not have been the best laid plan and living his truth can come at a high cost.

Aaron H. Aceves is a Mexican American writer born and raised in East Los Angeles. He graduated from Harvard College in 2015, where he received the Le Baron Russell Briggs Prize after being nominated by Jamaica Kincaid. His work has appeared in Germ Magazine, Raspa MagazineNew Pop Lit, and inQluded, where he serves as the culture editor. He currently lives in New York, where he is pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. He can be found on Twitter (@AaronHAceves) and Instagram (@AaronAceves).