Perfect for fans of Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door, Juliana Romano’s expressive debut is an absorbing and bittersweet story about first love, first loss, and the friends that carry us through it all.
Lima and Hailey have always been best friends: Lima shy and sensitive, Hailey funny and free-spirited. But Hailey abandons Lima to party with the popular kids and pursue Nate, her disinterested crush. As their friendship falters, Lima and Nate begin spending more time together. And before Lima knows what she’s feeling, she and Nate do something irreversible. Something that would hurt Hailey….if she knew it happened.
Lima thinks she’s saving her friendship by lying, but she’s only buying time. As the secrets stack up, Lima is forced to make a choice: between her best friend forever, and the boy who wasn’t meant to be hers.
Juliana was born in in New York, New York and grew up in Santa Monica, California. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.F.A. in Painting from U.C.L.A. Juliana taught Drawing at Wesleyan University from 2011-2014, during which… More about Juliana Romano
* “Fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han won’t want to miss this.”—Publishers Weekly,*STARRED REVIEW*
“Rich, intimate, and a pure pleasure to read.”—The Los Angeles Review of Books
“An emotionally rich coming-of-age love story.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Romano succeeds in capturing the awkwardness of first romantic encounters and in navigating the growing gray areas in life that emerge with age. Hand this one to fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson.”—Booklist
“A narrative that addresses “the first time” with such sensitivity and grace.”—School Library Journal
“The author weaves her story together with expressive, figurative language…Recommend this novel to older teens who are romance fans.”—VOYA