not as pretentious as the header image suggests, but just as awesome

Happy Book Birthday to THE NEW GUY!!

The New GuyCongratulations to Amy Spalding, whose fourth YA novel THE NEW GUY (AND OTHER SENIOR YEAR DISTRACTIONS) releases today! Hooray! muppet flail

A ridiculously cute, formerly famous, new guy dropping into your life? It’s practically every girl’s dream.

But not Jules McCallister-Morgan’s.

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn’t get to be the editor of my school’s long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year — early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college — and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to “live a little,” or boys.

At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.

And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.

I know what you’re thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don’t understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I’m not going down without a fight.

* Okay, I sort of did. But it’s a sore subject.

** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.

*** Some people think I’m overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with tons of romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that’s sure to have you falling for The New Guy.

The reviews are coming in strong for this one! School Library Journal wrote “Spalding excels at creating flawed characters whose own issues and mistakes propel the plot forward… A cute and fluffy read, this book will appeal to those who want a gentle high school drama with a touch of romance.” And Publishers Weekly said “Spalding has a quick, easy sense of humor… it paves the way for an upbeat, gratifying ending.”

In keeping with the theme of the novel, we are in the middle of a hot boy band voting contest, which you can find out more about on NOVL. In the meantime, check out this awesome video with your favorite YA authors talking about their favorite boy bands. (Duran Duran forever!!)

You can find Amy this spring at numerous signings and events, from the LA Times Book Festival, to the North Texas Teen Book Festival, YALLwest, and more!

Grab your copy of THE NEW GUY at Amazon, B&N, or your favorite local indie, and join me in congratulating Amy on Twitter!