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Last night marked the book birthday of Weird Girl and What's His Name! I've been working on this novel with author Meagan Brothers at Three Rooms Press for more than a year, and I could not be more delighted for her. The launch party at Cornelia Street Cafe was perfect; the room was packed, the books were flying off the sales table, and friends, fans, and colleagues were so happy to be celebrating this phenomenal story. It was a triumphant night.
Though its official release isn't until Tuesday, copies of Weird Girl and What's His Name have been spotted all over. Copies can be found at Book Culture, Barnes and Noble NYC, McNally Jackson, and of course, Amazon, to name just a few. Found a copy at your local bookstore? Share a picture below!
With only a week left until the official release of Meagan Brothers's Weird Girl and What's His Name (Three Rooms Press, 978-1941110270) I'm ecstatic to announce that the reviews have been rolling in and they all agree: this is the one book you need to buy this fall!
Read the most recent reviews here:
Barnes & Noble's BNTEENblog "New Releases: Time Loops, Dark Avengers, and a Silver-Screen Love Triangle"
Lula and Rory are X-Files–loving best friends and misfits—she’s brashly outspoken and bookish, he’s in the closet and in a secret relationship with a much older man—who seem to fit with nobody but each other. But when Lula learns that Rory hasn’t been totally honest with her, she decides to run away. The story is narrated first by Rory, then by Lula following her return home, and evokes the rhythms of a friendship of long standing, even after it has been bruised beyond repair.
Stylecaster's "10 New YA Books Every Twentysomething Should Read"
Weird Girl and What's His Name is number 3! "There have been a lot of noteworthy LGBT YA novels hitting the market lately, but Weird Girl and What's His Name is one of the most complex and touching."
School Library Journal
“Brothers’s pitch-perfect dialogue and well-polished prose make her an author to watch.”
Foreword Reviews (Winter Print issue)
"This is a novel that transcends the LGBTQ genre, and it holds universal lessons for all. It is reminiscent of Judy Bloom’s Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret and Tiger Eyes in the way it tackles somewhat taboo subjects within a smoothly written narrative. It has all the makings to become a classic of this generation."
Brit + Co's "The Best 12 Books Coming Out This October"
Meagan Brothers is number 5, right up there with Rainbow Rowell, Patti Smith, and Nicholas Sparks!
McNally Robinson's "Weird Girl and What's His Name by Meagan Brothers (from a Two Thumbs Up Reviewer)"
They write, "Weird Girl and What's His Name was my favourite read of the summer!"
Chronogram's "Short Takes--October 2015"
Their verdict: "A welcome addition to the growing canon of LGBTQ-themed teen literature."
Manhattan Book Review
"Say hello to one of my new benchmarks for great YA fiction. Weird Girl and What’s His Name is absolutely wonderful, heartbreaking, and utterly engaging stuff.“
YA Romantics' "Just Finished Reading: Weird Girl and What's His Name"
"If you're a fan of moving, emotionally complex books about identity and friendship, books like Will Grayson, Will Grayson or This Song Will Change Your Life or Fangirl, you've got to try this!"
This weekend's Brooklyn Book Festival was an overwhelming success! Over at the Three Rooms Press table, we SOLD OUT of Weird Girl and What's His Name, and author Meagan Brothers met with some wonderful fans and signed so many books. It was great seeing old friends and new stop by the table to talk books, writing, and community. I met some lovely new writers and incredible editors from all over the publishing world. Other highlights included holding a 1956 issue of The Paris Review in which Ernest Hemingway was interviewed; discovering the reading community House of Speakeasy; and buying an issue of Armchair/Shotgun, a beautiful, full-color, art and literary journal, which I cannot wait to keep reading (I couldn't wait; I got started on the train home). All in all, another great festival; looking forward to a great new year of books!