Candy Everybody Wants by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Jayson is 14, and is writing a Dynasty/Dallas crossover with himself as the female lead.
He's tired of worshiping pop culture; he wants to be part of it.
So he's off, accompanied by an ever-changing cast of quirky extended family members, on an extremely bumpy journey from rural Wisconsin to a New York escort agency for Broadway chorus boys, to a Hollywood sitcom set.
Somewhere out there his destiny awaits—along with the discovery of first love, some unusual coincidences, a kidnapping mystery . . . and the sobering truth that being America's sweetheart can leave a very sour aftertaste.
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My thanks to Daisy Porter for mentioning this book in her excellent essay, From Problem to Pride: A Short History of Queer YA Fiction.