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Misa Sugiura, Claire Kann, and Jared Reck
June 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
Misa Sugiura is the author of It’s Not Like It’s a Secret, which won the Asian/Pacific American Award for YA Literature and This Time Will Be Different, which was the HarperCollins Children’s Books Lead Read. Her new book, Love and Other Natural Disasters is a delightfully disastrous queer YA rom-com
When Nozomi Nagai pictured the ideal summer romance, a fake one wasn’t what she had in mind. That was before she met the perfect girl. Willow is gorgeous, glamorous, and…heartbroken? And when she enlists Nozomi to pose as her new girlfriend to make her ex jealous, Nozomi is a willing volunteer. Because Nozomi has a master plan of her own: one to show Willow she’s better than a stand-in, and turn their fauxmance into something real. But as the lies pile up, it’s not long before Nozomi’s schemes take a turn toward disaster…and maybe a chance at love she didn’t plan for.
Claire Kann is the author of Let’s Talk About Love and If It Makes You Happy. Her exuberant new book, The Marvelous, follows six teens locked together in a mansion, contending for a life-changing cash prize in a competition run by a reclusive heiress.
Everyone thinks they know Jewel Van Hanen. Heiress turned actress turned social media darling who created the massively popular video-sharing app, Golden Rule. After mysteriously disappearing for a year, Jewel makes her dramatic return with an announcement: she has chosen a few lucky Golden Rule users to spend an unforgettable weekend at her private estate. But once they arrive, Jewel ingeniously flips the script: the guests are now players in an elaborate estate-wide game. And she’s tailored every challenge and obstacle to test whether they have what it takes to win. Told from the perspective of three players–Nicole: the new queen of Golden Rule; Luna: Jewel’s biggest fan; and Stella: a brilliant outsider–this novel will charm its way into your heart and keep you guessing how it all ends because money isn’t the only thing at stake.
Jared Reck is the author of A Short History of the Girl Next Door His new book Donuts and Other Proclamations of Love an alternately funny and heartbreaking story about food trucks, festivals, and first loves.
It’s easy to look at high school senior Oscar Olsson and think: lost. He hates school, struggles to read, and wants nothing to do with college. But Oscar knows exactly what he wants and how to get it. Oscar and Farfar, the Swedish grandfather who’s raised him, run a food truck together, and Oscar wants to finish school so he can focus on the food truck full-time. It’s easy to look at Mary Louise (Lou for short) Messinger and think: driven. AP everything, valedictorian in her sights, and Ivy league college aspirations. When Lou hijacks Oscar’s carefully crafted schedule of independent studies and time in the Culinary Lab, Oscar is roped into helping Lou complete her over-ambitious, resume-building service project-reducing food waste in their school. While Lou stands to gain her Girl Scout Gold Award, Oscar will be faced with uneaten school apples and countless hours with a girl he can’t stand. With the finish line in sight, a relationship he never expected, and festival season about to begin, the unthinkable happens, and Oscar’s future is anything but certain.