Siz­zle Reel

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By – July 21, 2023

Luna Roth has recent­ly real­ized some­thing about her­self that has elud­ed her for many years: she’s bisex­u­al. After com­ing out to her best friends — her for­mer boyfriend Wyatt and her non­bi­na­ry room­mate Romy — Luna feels ready to embrace her bisex­u­al­i­ty and find a roman­tic rela­tion­ship. She also would love the oppor­tu­ni­ty to leave her ter­ri­ble job with her hor­ri­ble boss Alice — who even­tu­al­ly fires her — but she knows that if she just sticks it out a lit­tle longer, she’ll be able to start mak­ing some moves in her dream indus­try as a cinematographer.

When Luna has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to advance her career and work with producer/​actor Vale­ria Sul­li­van, she knows she has to take advan­tage of it. It doesn’t hurt that Vale­ria is beau­ti­ful, seems into Luna, and is pos­si­bly gay. As Luna tries to nav­i­gate both the pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al, her life and dreams become more and more com­pli­cat­ed. It doesn’t help that Luna has nev­er real­ly been with some­one roman­ti­cal­ly, and remains con­fused about her own feel­ings for Vale­ria. What’s more, some­thing is off in her friend­ship with Romy, which she’s always count­ed on to be rock-solid. 

Empa­thet­ic and gen­er­ous, Siz­zle Reel intro­duces char­ac­ters with depth and heart, and shows that com­ing out is a process, not a one-time event. The chal­lenges of start­ing a career, find­ing love, and fol­low­ing a dream will res­onate with readers. 

Jes­si­ca Sender is an aca­d­e­m­ic librar­i­an at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty. She has worked in pub­lic and aca­d­e­m­ic libraries, and in her free time enjoys run­ning, bik­ing, real­i­ty TV, and explor­ing Michigan. 

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