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The State of Us


Illustration by Mia Nolting, design by Corina Lupp.

Coming June 2, 2020

When Dean Arnault’s mother decided to run for president, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone, least of all her son. But that doesn’t mean Dean was ready for the public scrutiny or the 24-hour news cycle that comes along with it. As far as everyone know, Dean is button-down shirt wearing, church-going, straight-A high school student. Yet no one knows who Dean really is–that is until Dean meets Dre Rosario. Finally, there’s someone in Dean’s life who actually understands him. The only problem is that Dre is the son of the Democratic opposition.

But when Dean and Dre find themselves locked together in the green room before the start of the first debate, they’re surprised at their instant connection. And as chance meetings on the campaign trail become less left to chance, their friendship quickly becomes the deepest connection either of the boys have ever known. But if it wasn’t hard enough being on opposite sides of the aisle, a shady third-party candidate suddenly claims to have pictures that will change everything–pictures that could cause Dean and Dre’s worlds to fall apart.

It’s a new modern-day, star-crossed romance about what it really means to love your country–and most importantly yourself–from acclaimed author Shaun David Hutchinson.

Praise for The State of Us


“Sweet, funny, and heartbreakingly optimistic—it’s the uplifting read we all need right now.
Christina Lauren, New York Times and international bestselling authors of Autoboyography

“Dre and Dean have got my vote!”
Adib Khorram, award-winning author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay

“A knockout of a book that will tug at your heartstrings.”
Mason Deaver, best-selling author of I Wish You All the Best

Content Advisory


The State of Us contains the following:

  • Homophobia
  • Gaslighting

Where to Buy


Indie Bound.
Barnes and Noble.
Apple Books.
Books-A-Million.
Indigo.
Epic Reads.
Amazon.