On Saturday, July 7th, I'll be teaching a class on "Writing YA Fiction" at the Writers Workshop of Asheville in North Carolina. Come learn some do's and don'ts of YA, common mistakes and tropes, the differences between writing the teen voice for YA and for adult audiences, and much more. The class will include readings, writing exercises, and a workshop. For more information, and to buy tickets, visit the TWWOA website. Hope to see you there!
Thrilling news! WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT'S HIS NAME, by Meagan Brothers, won the IndieFAB award for Best Young Adult Fiction Book of the Year! Congratulations, Meagan and all of Three Rooms Press!
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Three Rooms Press is thrilled to announce that WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME, the compelling LGBT Young Adult Novel by Meagan Brothers (Debbie Harry Sings in French, Supergirl Mixtapes) was selected as a FINALIST for Foreword Reviews IndieFab Awards Young Adult Fiction category.
WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME, which relays the tale of best friends and X-Files fans Rory and Lula, has captured the hearts of reviewers and readers since its release in October 2015. In its initial 5-star review,Foreword Reviews raved, “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.”
The book has been named to numbers best of lists, including, among others:
- 2015 Reviewers’ Choice —Foreword Reviews
- Best Teen Books of 2015 —Kirkus Reviews
- Top 30 YA books of 2015 —Forever Young Adult
- Top 17 New YA Books of October 2015 –Bustle.com
- Top 18 New YA Books of Fall 2015 –BuzzFeed
- 10 New YA Books Every Twentysomething Should Read –StyleCaster
Manhattan Book Review was unequivocal in its praise: “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.”
American Library Association’s Booklist awarded WEIRD GIRL a starred review and noted, “The characters are wonderfully likable; the story is smartly written.” In its starred review, Kirkus Reviews noted, “Voices are crisply and intimately drawn . . . Carefully and subtly imagined.” And School Library Journal reave, “Brother’s pitch-perfect dialogue and well-polished prose make her an author to watch.”
Congratulations to Meagan Brothers for this huge success! For more information about this title and the author, click here.
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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!"
Join me this Friday, October 9 as Three Rooms Press presents The Monthly at Cornelia Street Cafe:
An Evening with
Celebrating the release of brand new novel
WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME
Friday, October 9, 6 p.m.
Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street (between W. 4th & Bleecker) | 212-989-9319
Award-winning LGBT YA author MEAGAN BROTHERS celebrates the release of her extraordinary new novel WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME with a reading at Cornelia Street Cafe on Friday, October 9 at 6 p.m.
“An Evening with Meagan Brothers” will feature the author—whose previous books include Debbie Harry Sings in French and Supergirl Mixtapes—reading from her new book and sharing stories about what inspired it. A book signing follows the reading.
The new release has already received rave pre-publicity praise. In a starred review, American Library Association’s Booklist says, “The characters are wonderfully likable, the story is smartly written.” Kirkus Reviews notes, “Voices are crisply and intimately drawn . . . Carefully and subtly imagined.” Lambda Award winning author Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys) says “Tender characters, tangled romances, and page turning mysteries weave together wonderfully in this exquisite story of love, betrayal, and friendship.” And noted author Janice Erlbaum (Girlbomb) raves, “As someone who’s been both a weird girl and a what’s her name, I heartily endorse this book.”
Copies of WEIRD GIRL AND WHAT’S HIS NAME will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street (btwn W. 4th & Bleecker), 212-989-9319.
Admission $9 (includes a free drink)
ABOUT MEAGAN BROTHERS
Meagan Brothers is the author of two previous novels for young adults, Debbie Harry Sings in French and Supergirl Mixtapes. She has also been, variously, a musician, a performing poet, a record store clerk, and an adjunct professor of creative writing at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. A native Carolinian, she currently lives and works in New York City.