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It's About to Get Real: High School, Heartache, and Searching for Home

Friday, November 20th 3 p.m. via Crowdcast

About the Event

Four YA authors tackle problems in love, school, and life in their novels. In Lori Goldstein’s, Sources Say, the school year becomes anything but mundane when scandalous posters are plastered around the school, two candidates for student council president use the event to secure votes, and a budding journalist fights against “fake news.” In No Place Like Here, Christina June’s re-imagined tale of Hansel & Gretel, Ashlyn tries to find her way out of a terrible situation and back home by leaving breadcrumb quotes and inspirational sayings everywhere. Miranda Kenneally explores the hard truths about high school love, break-ups, and undeniable attraction in her novel, Four Days of You and Me. And, in Carmen RodriguesThe Universal Laws of Marco, Marco learns that first loves are hard to ignore, especially when they pop back into your life just as you’re leaving home for college.


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Lori Goldstein

About Lori Goldstein

Lori Goldstein, former journalist and current author, editor, and creative writing instructor, has a bachelor’s in journalism. She’s never met a beach she didn’t love, a book she wouldn’t read, or a strange food she wouldn’t try. Lori is also the author of Screen Queens and the YA contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn. You can visit her online at lorigoldsteinbooks.com, on Instagram at @lorigoldsteinbooks and Twitter at @loriagoldstein.


Christina June

About Christina June

Christina June writes award-winning young adult fiction when she’s not writing college recommendation letters during her day job as a school counselor. She loves the little moments in life that help someone discover who they’re meant to become – whether it’s her students or her characters. Christina is a voracious reader, loves to travel, and hopes to one day be bicoastal – the east coast of the US and the east coast of Scotland. She lives in Virginia with her husband and daughter. Christina is the author of It Started With Goodbye (2018 YAVA winner), Everywhere You Want To Be, and No Place Like Here.

Miranda Kenneally

About Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit mirandakenneally.com

Carmen Rodrigues

About Carmen Rodrigues

Carmen Rodrigues resides in the suburban wilds of Washington, D.C. She writes complex, heartfelt stories about first love, friendship, and family. She earned her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The Universal Laws of Marco is her third novel. 

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