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About Kelly Quindlen
Kelly Quindlen is the bestselling author of the young adult LGBTQ novels She Drives Me Crazy, Late to the Party, and Her Name in the Sky. She initially pursued self-publishing with Her Name in the Sky (2014), which sold more than 30,000 copies through word-of-mouth marketing in the queer community, before she pursued traditional publishing with Late to the Party (2020) and the IndieBound bestseller and Goodreads Choice Award nominee She Drives Me Crazy (2021).
Kelly graduated from Vanderbilt University with degrees in English Literature and American Studies. She taught middle school math for two years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, before moving back to her hometown of Atlanta. She is on the leadership team of a non-profit for Catholic parents with LGBTQ children and is very passionate about the intersection of queerness and faith.
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“A little sweet, a little sharp.” —Booklist, starred review
High school nemeses fall in love in Kelly Quindlen's She Drives Me Crazy, a queer YA rom com perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Casey McQuiston.
After an embarrassing loss to her ex-girlfriend in their first basketball game of the season, seventeen-year-old Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, Irene Abraham, head cheerleader for the Fighting Reindeer.
Irene is as mean as she is beautiful, so Scottie makes a point to keep her distance. When the accident sends Irene’s car to the shop for weeks’ worth of repairs and the girls are forced to carpool, their rocky start only gets bumpier.
But when an opportunity arises for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex—and climb her school’s social ladder—she bribes Irene into an elaborate fake- dating scheme that threatens to reveal some very real feelings.
From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli.
Hannah knows she should like Wally, the kind, earnest boy who asks her to prom. She should cheer on her friend Clay when he asks Baker to be his girlfriend. She should follow the rules of her conservative Louisiana community - the rules that have been ingrained in her since she was a child.
But Hannah longs to be with Baker, who cooks macaroni and cheese with Hannah late at night, who believes in the magic of books as much as Hannah does, and who challenges Hannah to be the best version of herself.
And Baker might want to be with Hannah, too--if both girls can embrace that world-shaking, yet wondrous, possibility.
From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, and what it means to be a Real Teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere.
Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined.
She’s never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She’s never even been kissed. And it’s not just because she’s gay. It’s because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world.
So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties aren’t for kids like them. They’re for cool kids. Straight kids.
But then Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia. The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it.
Eine Enemies-to-Lovers-Story zum Dahinschmelzen, herrlich romantisch und klug!
Kein guter Tag für Basketballerin Scottie: Erst verliert sie beim Saisonauftakt haushoch gegen das Team ihrer Ex. Dann rammt sie das Auto ihrer Erzfeindin Irene und muss die Cheerleading-Queen ab jetzt zur Schule kutschieren. Absolutes Desaster! Doch ausgerechnet durch den Fahrdienst kommt Scottie auf eine Idee, wie sie ihrer toxischen Ex eins auswischen und ihr eigenes Standing verbessern kann. Sie bringt Irene dazu, sich als ihre neue Freundin auszugeben. Der verrückte Fake-Dating-Plan funktioniert überraschend gut – bis es zwischen den beiden wirklich knistert und ihre Gefühle für jede Menge Chaos sorgen.
Witzig, ehrlich, herzerwärmend und absolut liebenswert - diese queere romantische Komödie ist perfekt für Fans von Becky Albertalli
»Eine Prise Zucker, eine Prise Pfeffer – diese Liebesgeschichte ist für alle, die nach einer Story mit emotionaler Entwicklung suchen.« Booklist, Sternchen-Rezension