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Janovski, Timothy - The (Fake) Dating Game

Janovski, Timothy - The (Fake) Dating Game

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Amidst the hustle and bustle of high school, two unlikely friends, Alex and Ben, find themselves thrust into the world of competitive ballroom dancing in The (Fake) Dating Game by Timothy Janovsky. 

Alex, a talented dancer, has always dreamed of competing at the prestigious Junior Nationals. But with his dance partner mysteriously dropping out, his chances seem slim. Meanwhile, Ben, a popular jock with a secret passion for ballroom dancing, is eager to prove his talent beyond the football field.

When Alex and Ben decide to pair up as fake dating partners to appease their disapproving parents, they never expect to develop a genuine connection. As they train for the upcoming competition, their friendship deepens, and they must navigate the complicated world of competitive ballroom dancing while facing their own personal struggles.


Timothy Janovsky, a rising star in the young adult romance genre, delivers a heartwarming and hilarious tale of two friends who find love and acceptance amidst the challenges of high school and competitive ballroom dancing. The (Fake) Dating Game is a delightful story that will resonate with readers who have ever felt like an outsider or struggled to find their place in the world.

LGBT Themes:

  • Subtextual queer romance
  • Exploration of identity and self-discovery
  • Supportive friendships and overcoming obstacles

Relevant Tags:

  • Young Adult Fiction, LGBTQ Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Fiction, Sports Fiction, Ballroom Dancing, Coming-of-Age, Friendship, Humor

Awards & Recognition:

  • "Must-Read" by Hypable
  • "LGBT Book of the Month" by Lambda Literary
  • "5-Star Review" by Kirkus Reviews

Title: The (Fake) Dating Game

Author: Timothy Janovsky

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Pages: 288

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Release Date: June 2023

Weight: 270 grams

Size: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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