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Late to the Party Paperback – April 20 2021

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"An absolutely stunning, but also incredibly important novel about best friends and discovering who you are." ―Mason Deaver, bestselling author of I Wish You All the Best

“Perfectly captures the joys and hopes and thrills of being a real, authentic teenager . . .
A fantastic read for queer teens today.” ―Kacen Callender, Stonewall and Lambda Award–winning author This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

Late to the Party is right on time to being your favorite read. I didn’t want my time with Quindlen’s characters to end.” ―Sara Farizan, Lambda Award–winning author of If You Could Be Mine

"Kelly Quindlen has written
a slow-burning, exquisite book well-worth savoring." ―Aminah Mae Safi, author of Tell Me How You Really Feel

"A deeply heartfelt and emotionally honest
celebration of late bloomers, queer solidarity, and friendships both old and new. This book has a permanent place in my heart." ―Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights.

A love letter to late bloomers, Late to the Party combines teenage angst with first loves and second chances and emphasises that true friends will always be there for you even as you discover new parts of yourself." ―The Nerd Daily

Heartfelt and fun, Quindlen’s latest (Her Name in the Sky, 2014) brings together all the angst, excitement, and uncertainty of the teenage years in an LGBTQ+ friendly package. Fans of Becky Albertalli are sure to love this sometimes painfully relatable heroine and her journey of self discovery. Codi Teller may be late to the party, but readers will be happy she showed up." ―Booklist

"Recommended for LGBTQ teens."―School Library Journal

"Quindlen (
Her Name in the Sky) deftly conveys both the awkwardness of outgrowing an old life without having a clue how to move toward a new one. ―Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Kelly Quindlen is the author of the young adult novel Her Name in the Sky and Late to the Party. A graduate of Vanderbilt University and a former teacher, Kelly has had the joy of speaking to PFLAG groups and high school GSAs. She currently serves on the leadership board of a non-profit for Catholic parents with LGBT children. Kelly lives in Atlanta.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Square Fish (April 20 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250209129
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250209122
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 281 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.59 x 2.16 x 20.83 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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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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