When You Call My Name


Wannabe film student Adam is seventeen and being asked out on his first date. Heart racing, he accepts, quickly falling in love with Callum, just like the movies always promised. On his eighteenth birthday, Ben is forced out of his home after his mother finds his stash of gay magazines. But in New York City, his sexuality begins to feel less like a secret and more like a badge of honour. Then Callum disappears, leaving Adam heartbroken, and Ben realises his new world is more dangerous than he thought. When Adam finds Callum again, he learns the boy he loves will die. But in a chance meeting on the Christopher Street piers, Ben and Adam fall into each other’s orbit, opening their eyes and hearts to the possibilities of gay love and life.

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A heartrending novel about two gay teens coming of age in New York – perfect for fans of It’s a Sin and Adam Silvera.

It’s 1990 in New York City.

Adam is falling in love for the first time. Ben is leaving home for the last.

Drawn by the city’s irresistible energy, the boys are swept up into the queer scene, where the potential for life and love seems limitless.

But as the shadows of prejudice gather, Ben and Adam discover how their newfound community is facing the looming threat of AIDS, which will touch their lives more closely than they ever could have imagined.

Heartbreaking yet hopeful, When You Call My Name tells the story of the moments that break our hearts and the people who make us whole – and shows how together we burn brightest in times of darkness.

Additional information

Weight0.246 kg
Dimensions19.8 × 12.9 × 2.2 cm










Paperback original


813.6 (edition:23)


Children – juvenile / Code: J