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‘Betting On You’ by Lynn Painter Exclusive Cover Reveal

The Booked Shelf is delighted to be highlighting an exclusive cover reveal for NYT & USA Today Bestselling author Lynn Painter whose known for her YA romcoms Better Than The Movies and The Do-Over. Well get ready because releasing in Fall 2023, is her newest YA novel Betting On You, which has been pitched as a spin on When Harry Met Sally (Painter’s homage to Nora Ephron).

Featuring dual POV, the “boy falls first” and fake dating it centers on Bailey whose newest job at a hotel waterpark reunites her with an old acquaintance turned co-worker Charlie. They met during a flight to Omaha the year prior after Bailey’s parent’s divorce. These two polar opposites look forward to hanging out and gossiping, especially about a pair who continuously flirt and cozy up to one another. This leads them to make a bet on whether the cozy couple will actually end up dating because they can never be “just friends” (Charlie) or whether that can be proven wrong (Bailey).

But as Charlie realizes he’s fallen for Bailey and developed a crush on her, what makes him even more terrified to admit his feelings is when they agree to a fake relationship in order to disrupt the pleasantries between Bailey’s mom and her new boyfriend. And Bailey soon starts seeing him differently too…

Have the secrets and crushes complicated or doomed these polar opposites before they’ve even realized?

Now without further ado, the cover, illustrated by Liz Casal:

Cover Artist: Liz Casal – Publisher: Simon Teen

When seventeen-year-old Bailey starts a new job at a hotel waterpark, she is less than thrilled to see an old acquaintance is one of her coworkers. Bailey met Charlie a year ago on the long flight to Omaha, where she moved after her parents’ divorce. Charlie’s cynicism didn’t mix well with Bailey’s carefully well-behaved temperament, and his endless commentary was the irritating cherry on top of an already emotionally fraught trip.

Now, Bailey and Charlie are still polar opposites, but instead of everything about him rubbing Bailey the wrong way, she starts to look forward to hanging out and gossiping about the waterpark guests and their coworkers—particularly two who keep flirting with each other. Bailey and Charlie make a bet on whether or not the cozy pair will actually get together. Charlie insists that members of the opposite sex can’t just be friends, and Bailey is determined to prove him wrong.

Bailey and Charlie keep close track of the romantic progress of others while Charlie works to deflect the growing feelings he’s developed for Bailey. Terrified to lose her if his crush becomes known, what doesn’t help his agenda is Bailey and Charlie “fake dating” in order to disrupt the annoying pleasantries between Bailey’s mom and her mom’s new boyfriend.

Soon, what Charlie was hoping to avoid becomes a reality as Bailey starts to see him as not only a friend she can rely on in the midst of family drama—but someone who makes her hands shake and heart race. But Charlie has a secret—a secret that involves Bailey and another bet Charlie may have made. Can the two make a real go of things…or has Charlie’s secret doomed them before they could start?

Painter’s YA novels, especially Better Than The Movies, have garnered quite an audience via #Booktok with the #BetterThanTheMovies hashtag reaching 35.2 million views. Painter has also recently announced a BTTM sequel slated for Fall 2024!

Betting On You by Lynn Painter is set to be released November 28, 2023!

You can read more about it on Lynn’s website or add the novel to Goodreads:

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‘A British Girl’s Guide To Hurricanes And Heartbreak’ by Laura Taylor Namey Cover Reveal

On February 2, New York Times and international bestselling author Laura Taylor Namey revealed through Twitter the cover to her YA companion / spin-off novel to A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow which is titled, A British Girl’s Guide To Hurricanes And Heartbreak, releasing fall 2023!

Set a few years after Cuban Girl’s Guide, it follows Orion Maxwell’s younger sister Flora as she heads to Miami after the passing of her mother, in addition her family’s recommendations she apply to university and take up a larger role in the tea-shop business.

After escaping to Miami for the summer to visit her long-time friend Gordon and get away from her “hurricane” of emotions, Flora finds her heart conflicted when she’s also caught in the flashbulb of Miami Cuban influencer Baz Marín who also shares her love for photography.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide To Tea And Tomorrow has wrapped on filming for it’s YA adaptation starring Maia Reficco (PLL: Original Sin) and Kit Connor (Heartstopper), which initially took place in Yorkshire, England during August of 2022. No word yet on a release date or streaming service that will acquire the film from ACE Entertainment and TeaShop Films. Namey’s novel was also a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick during 2020.

Cover designer is Karyn Lee and illustrator is Andi Porretta.

In this highly anticipated companion to the New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, Flora Maxwell heads to Miami to find a path for her future . . . and finds her heart along the way.
Winchester has always been home for Flora, but when her mother dies, Flora feels untethered. Her family expects her to apply to university and take a larger role in their tea-shop business, but Flora isn’t so sure. More than ever, she’s the chaotic ‘hurricane’ in her household, and she doesn’t always know how to manage her stormy emotions. So she decides to escape to Miami without telling anyone –especially her longtime friend Gordon Wallace.
But Flora’s tropical change of scenery doesn’t cast away her self-doubt. When it comes to university, she has no idea which passions she should follow. That’s also true in romance. Flora’s summer abroad lands her in the flashbulb world of teen influencer Baz Marín, a Miami Cuban who shares her love for photography. But Flora’s more conflicted than ever when she begins to see future architect Gordon in a new light.

A British Girl’s Guide To Hurricanes And Heartbreak by Laura Taylor Namey is set to be released September 26, 2023!

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Flirting With Fate by J.C. Cervantes Cover Reveal

On August 18, Penguin Teen revealed the cover to a forthcoming Romance from J.C. Cervantes titled Flirting With Fate, slated for an April 2022 release!

In this Los Angeles-set contemporary fantasy romance, three tight-knit sisters and a fifth-century saint are tasked with helping their grandmother to retrieve a blessing after it landed with a boy who was present during an accident. If the mistake isn’t corrected, their grandmother will linger as a ghost forever.

Cervantes has pitched her novel as a “Mexican fairytale magical romcom.” Alongside the cover was also an excerpt. Cover artist is Karina Perez. This novel also serves as Cervantes’s Young Adult debut.

Cervantes is the NYT Bestselling author of The Storm Runner trilogy, which is published under Rick Riordan’s middle grade imprint Rick Riordan Presents.

Ava Granados will never forgive herself for being late to her beloved Nana’s deathbed. For generations, blessings have been passed to the women in her family upon death, but due to a freaky flash flood that left Ava in a fender bender with a mysterious boy, she arrived seconds too late to for Nana’s blessing—instead, all she gets is the wash of regret on her sisters’ faces.

Until Nana pops up with a challenge from beyond the grave. As it turns out, Nana did give Ava a blessing, but it missed, landing with the boy from the night of the storm. If Ava can’t straighten out the mistake, Nana will linger as a ghost forever, which she’s not exactly excited about. To help her on her quest, Ava will have her two older sisters and Nana’s rather bumbling spiritual guide, Medardus, who is, of all things, the patron saint of teeth.

For solitary Ava, being asked to befriend some random boy is the last thing she wants to do. She’s gotten along just fine being wary and protecting her heart; keeping people at a distance is a great way to ensure no one ever hurts you. But as Ava and the gang embark on their mission to retrieve Nana’s blessing, she starts to wonder if what she might gain by getting close to thunderstorm boy is worth the risk.

Flirting With Fate by J.C. Cervantes is set to be released April 19, 2022!

Cover Reveals

Tahira In Bloom by Farah Heron Cover Reveal

On April 17, Farah Heron revealed the cover to her YA Romance debut through Twitter titled, Tahira In Bloom releasing this fall!

Heron has pitched her novel as a “coming of age romance about fashion, flowers, friends, and discovering what’s important.” Following South Asian Muslim heroine Tahira Janmohammad, when her coveted fashion internship falls through she’s sent to her aunt’s boutique for the summer to get the experience she needs. After meeting Rowan the “obsessive garden-nerd next door” she learns he’s the perfect guy to help in a flower-arranging contest that’ll get the connections she needs.

Heron is an adult romance author whose written novels such as Accidentally Engaged and The Chai Factor.

Cover designer is Amanda Hudson and illustrator is Christina Chung.

Here is the full summary:

Life is full of surprises in a winning novel about a girl dreaming big during one unexpected small-town summer.

When seventeen-year-old aspiring designer Tahira Janmohammad’s coveted fashion internship falls through, her parents have a Plan B. Tahira will work in her aunt’s boutique in the small town of Bakewell, the flower capital of Ontario. It’s only for the summer, and she’ll get the experience she needs for her college application. Plus her best friend is coming along. It won’t be that bad.

But she just can’t deal with Rowan Johnston, the rude, totally obsessive garden-nerd next door with frayed cutoffs and terrible shoes. Not to mention his sharp jawline, smoldering eyes, and soft lips. So irritating. Rowan is also just the plant-boy Tahira needs to help win the Bakewell flower-arranging contest―an event that carries clout in New York City, of all places. And with designers, of all people. Connections that she needs!

No one is more surprised than Tahira to learn that floral design is almost as great as fashion design. And Rowan? Turns out he’s more than ironic shirts and soil under the fingernails. Tahira’s about to find out what she’s really made of―and made for. Because here in the middle of nowhere, Tahira is just beginning to bloom.

Tahira In Bloom by Farah Heron is set to be released November 1, 2021!

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Reader Kit: Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

On The Booked Shelf is a new feature known as the Reader Kit which is a fun way of learning more about upcoming Young Adult books by spotlighting a catered list of items from the author.

Today’s first guest is Crystal Maldonado author of the upcoming rom-com Fat Chance, Charlie Vega. Here she is to tell you more about the curated items from her charming debut:

As an avid reader, I love nothing more than fully immersing myself in a book, its world, its characters and its entire vibe. So, I’ve rounded up a few Charlie Vega-approved things that you might enjoy as you dive into FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE VEGA, which is out Feb. 2, 2021!

Chai Latte
A coffee shop called Jake’s is a place that Charlie and her best friend, Amelia, return to over and over throughout this book. A few kids at school hang out here, but for Charlie and Amelia, it’s officially their spot. Jake’s is equal parts cozy and warm, with delicious drinks and baked goods, as well as eclectic furniture (think well-worn leather chairs and end-tables-turned-checkerboards) and an assortment of used books. It’s everything you could ask for from a place to relax. A few of the story’s big conversations happen here — and always with a yummy drink! Charlie’s drink of choice is a chai latte. Hot or iced? Since they’re in Connecticut, it fully depends on the season. You do you!

A Cupcake of Your Choice
Food is a running theme in this book, with special homage paid to desserts, including delicious cupcakes. Charlie especially loves the chocolate raspberry cupcakes one of her coworkers always prepares for holiday parties, but I say go with whatever flavor your heart desires. The real question: Is it better to eat the cake-y bottom first and then save the frosting top for last (Team Charlie), or to create a cupcake sandwich by carefully breaking the bottom off and squishing it on top so that the frosting is in the center (Team Brian)? I’m Team Charlie all the way.

Charlie is a writer and avid reader and always needs to be in the right headspace before she can get any writing or reading done. This includes settling into her writing nook, finding the right music, and being surrounded by her twinkle lights. I also like to imagine she would have one or more candles going to help set the vibe. She would most definitely have a Beyonce candle on her desk — probably unlit and for decoration only. Since she’s a hopeless romantic, I imagine Charlie would also have this candle called Love Spell by Casa De Yan Candles burning every time she’s writing one of her romcoms.

Notebook & Writing Utensils
I definitely hoard notebooks like they are going out of style and I use them to make lists, capture story ideas, write down inspiration, journal, brainstorm, doodle, whatever. Your perfect notebook may change over time, but I imagine Charlie would have a notebook with some kind of motivational phrase on the front, like this gorgeous, red, leather-bound one that says Book of Jefa Moves by Hija de tu Madre.

Obviously you also need a good set of pens! I personally have and LOVE these gorgeous magic glitter pens from Jen Zeano Designs. Nice, smooth black ink, great sayings, and some glitter—what more could Charlie (or you) ask for?

Cozy Clothes
Charlie lives for fashion and looking cute. But when it comes to curling up with a good book, she’s all about comfort. So pile your hair up in a bun and snuggle under the blankets in something cozy, like these tie-dye shirt and pant sweatsuit sets from Viva La Bonita from its cloud collection.

They’re comfy enough to lie in your bed with your favorite read but cute enough that if you get an unexpected text from your cute crush, you can be ready to go in a second.

Deadline City and Hey YA Podcasts
As an aspiring writer and perpetual overthinker, Charlie would highly recommend checking out the Deadline City podcast, hosted by the immensely talented author of the Brooklyn Brujas series Zoraida Córdova and New York Times bestselling author of The Belles Dhonielle Clayton.

These talented (and hilarious) authors are besties who offer real insight into the art of writing books. As for Charlie’s ever-growing TBR list, she would get tons of recommendations from Bookriot’s Hey YA podcast—and it’s always a charming listen.

Spotify Playlist
The right music can be a game changer when it comes to your mood, regardless of what you’re doing. Charlie’s #moodmusic would be a mix of Beyoncé, Chloe x Halle, Lionbabe, Janelle Monae, and a handful of retro 90s songs — which you can actually find on Charlie Vega’s ***Flawless Playlist!

Charlie and I have an intense love of Beyoncé and Chloe x Halle in common, though my personal faves would also include Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, Solange, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Brittany Howard, Leon Bridges, and literally any ’90s or ’00s pop music (especially boy bands like the Backstreet Boys).

Happy reading!

Author Bio
Crystal Maldonado is a young adult author with a lot of feelings. Her debut novel, FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE VEGA, is available Feb. 2, 2021 in hardcover, eBook, or audiobook format from Bookshop, IndieBound, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. By day, she is a social media manager working in higher ed, and by night, a writer who loves Beyoncé, shopping, spending too much time on her phone, and being extra. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, daughter, and dog. Follow her everywhere @crystalwrote or visit her website at

Cover Artist: Ericka Lugo

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn’t help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there’s one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing–he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? UGHHH. Everything is now officially a MESS.

A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.

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Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi Cover Reveal

On November 20, Penguin Teen revealed the cover to Olivia Abtahi’s 2021 Contemporary debut titled Perfectly Parvin!

This hilarious and heartfelt debut follows 14-year-old Parvin Mohammadi, who falls for a guy at her new high school, Matty Fumero and wants to ask him to homecoming. Then, she also starts a budding friendship with another guy in her Farsi class. When she also decides to start acting like the heroines in her favorite romcom’s to win over Matt, she soon realizes a new friend likes her just as she is.

Alongside the cover reveal, an excerpt was also revealed. Abtahi’s debut is set to be book one of a duology!

Parvin has just had her heart broken when she meets the cutest boy at her new high school, Matty Fumero–with an emphasis on fumero, because he might be the smoking hot cure to all of her boy troubles. If Parvin can get Matty to ask her to homecoming, she’s positive it will erase all the awful and embarrassing feelings He Who Will Not Be Named left her with after the summer. The only problem is Matty is definitely too cool for bassoon-playing, frizzy-haired, Cheeto-eating Parvin. Since being herself has not worked for her in the past (see aforementioned relationship), she decides that to be the girl who finally gets the guy, she should start acting like the women in her favorite rom-coms. Those girls aren’t loud, they certainly don’t cackle when they laugh, and they smile much more than they talk. Easy enough, right?

But as Parvin struggles through her parent-mandated Farsi lessons on the weekends, a budding friendship with a boy she can’t help but be her unfiltered self with, and dealing with the ramifications of the Muslim Ban on her family in Iran, she realizes that being herself might just be the perfect thing after all.

Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi is set to be released May 18, 2021!

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YA Book Adaptations Available To Watch On Netflix

Today is the day that Mismatched is officially on Netflix, the series which is inspired by Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple Met Rishi!

To celebrate, on The Booked Shelf I’m sharing a list of Young Adult book adaptations that are available to watch now!

1. Mismatched │ Series
Based on When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Adaptation Summary: After a disastrous set-up by their families, two teens strike up a tentative friendship at their summer program — but deeper feelings aren’t far behind.

Book Summary: Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family—and from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitating toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

2. Dash & Lily │Series
Based On Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Adaptation Summary: Opposites attract at Christmas as cynical Dash and sunny Lily trade messages and dares in a red notebook they pass back and forth around New York City.

Summary: “I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

3. Trinkets │Series
Based On Trinkets by Kirsten Smith

Adaptation Summary: A grieving teen finds an unexpected connection with two classmates at her new high school after they all land in the same Shoplifters Anonymous group.

Book Summary: Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a beauty queen, a wallflower, and a burnout. Tabitha has just about everything she wants: money, friends, popularity, a hot boyfriend who worships her… and a yen for stealing. So does Elodie, who, despite her goodie-two-shoes attitude pretty much has “klepto” written across her forehead.

Neither of them are anything compared to Moe, a bad girl with an even worse reputation. But the day that Tabitha and Elodie walk into Moe’s Shoplifters Anonymous meeting, everything changes. When Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, they forge a strange alliance linked by the thrill of stealing, and the reasons that spawn it. A more unlikely trio high school has rarely seen.

4. Get Even │Series
Based On Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Adaptation Summary: In a secret act of skillful revenge, four private school classmates team up and work together to expose a string of schoolwide injustices.

Summary: Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think.

The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose. 

5. All The Bright Places │Film
Based on All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Adaptation Summary: Two teens facing personal struggles form a powerful bond as they embark on a cathartic journey chronicling the wonders of Indiana.

Book Summary: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

Have you seen any of these YA adaptations? 🎥📚🎉

Adaptation News, Simon Pulse, Simon Teen

When Dimple Met Rishi Gets A Netflix Trailer!

On November 5, Netflix India revealed the official trailer to Mismatched, an upcoming adaptation based on Sandhya Menon’s 2017 debut, When Dimple Met Rishi.

The streaming service has adapted Menon’s novel as a series starring Prajakta Koli as Dimple Shah and Rohit Saraf as Rishi Patel.

Mismatched will follow two teens who are set-up by their families, but along the way strike up a friendship. Dimple dreams of creating apps and Rishi is a hopeless romantic who believes in the love from 60’s romance films. During a summer program teams of two will create an app, with the winners receiving an internship.

For readers, one particular scene involving iced coffee is lifted directly from the novel. The trailer also revealed other characters as well: Anmol, Zeenat, Celina, Namrata, Simran and Harsh.

Series screenwriter is Gazal Dhaliwal, with directors including Nipun Dharmadhikari and Akarsh Khurana. RSVP Movies is the production company behind the adaptation.

Mismatched is set to be released by Netflix India on November 20.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Adaptation News, Little Brown Books For Young Readers

Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between Being Adapted Into A Film!

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith is being adapted into a film and it was recently announced that two main leads have been casted! Deadline announced on September 9 and 21, Talia Ryder and Jordan Fisher are set to star in the film.

According to the most-recent article, ACE Entertainment is the studio behind the project. Michael Lewen will be directing and Matt Kaplan will be producing. Screenwriters include Amy Reed and Ben York Jones, where Reed is the writer of the most current draft. It was also mentioned that Fisher will be an executive producer.

“I was fortunate enough to enter a really special space with the To All The Boys family. We got to make magic and I’m THRILLED to do that again with the same family, but with a new story. I adore Matt and the entire ACE team, and I can’t wait to get back to set with this particular film and have the opportunity to work behind the camera as an executive producer,” mentioned Fisher (originally quoted in Deadline).

Kaplan also mentioned that Fisher “is a once-in-a-generation kind of talent. His on-screen dynamics are outmatched by his offscreen smarts, wit and creativity. He is exactly the kind of talent we at ACE want to be making projects with and I can’t wait for audiences to see him as Aidan in this beautiful love story.”

Ryder had her breakout role in the 2020 film Never Rarely Sometimes Always, which received critical acclaim. Kaplan produced To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, which Fisher starred in as John Ambrose.

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions. 

Adaptation News, Balzer + Bray, Harper Teen

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender To Be Adapted As A TV Series With Amazon

On August 31, Deadline announced that Kacen Callender’s latest Young Adult Contemporary novel Felix Ever After, is set to be developed into a television series with Amazon Studios.

Callender’s novel which has gotten starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, tells the story of Felix Love a Black, queer, transgender teen navigating love and identity.

It was also mentioned that the rights to Felix Ever After were picked up by Field Trip Productions. Stephanie Dietz, Director of Development over at Field Trip, will oversee the production.

From Stonewall and Lambda Award-winning author Kacen Callender comes a revelatory YA novel about a transgender teen grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

Felix Love has never been in love—and, yes, he’s painfully aware of the irony. He desperately wants to know what it’s like and why it seems so easy for everyone but him to find someone. What’s worse is that, even though he is proud of his identity, Felix also secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.

When an anonymous student begins sending him transphobic messages—after publicly posting Felix’s deadname alongside images of him before he transitioned—Felix comes up with a plan for revenge. What he didn’t count on: his catfish scenario landing him in a quasi–love triangle….

But as he navigates his complicated feelings, Felix begins a journey of questioning and self-discovery that helps redefine his most important relationship: how he feels about himself.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender is out now!