The Reece Malcolm List

The Reece Malcolm List

Things I know about Reece Malcolm:

  1. She graduated from New York University.
  2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
  3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
  4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
  5. She’s my mother.


Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.

L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.

But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?

Praise for The Reece Malcolm List

“I loved getting lost in this world of drama nerdery, new friendships, prolonged kissing, and mysterious moms. The Reece Malcolm List is moving and funny; a terrifically satisfying read.”
Sara Zarr, author of How to Save a Life

“Funny and poignant, this lively book totally charmed us.”
Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, authors of Spoiled and Messy

“Brilliant! With The Reece Malcolm List, Amy Spalding takes you into the heart and mind of her musical-theater obsessed, fiercely intelligent, achingly funny heroine, Devan. And you will quite literally never want to leave. Ms. Spalding achieved a feat I never would have thought possible–she made me deeply miss being a teenager. Her love and enthusiasm for the theater are thoroughly contagious. Her understanding of the intricacies and heartaches within parent/teenager relationships is spot on. And her voice as a writer is unique, honest, and quite often flat-out hysterically funny. I laughed, I cried, it was way, WAY better than Cats! Brava Amy Spalding! I just wanted this show to go on and on…”
Miriam Shor, star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Original Cast) and Merrily We Roll Along (Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration)

“Amy Spalding deftly explores family and identity in this charming, heart-warming and thoughtful debut. Devan is a laugh-out-loud funny and beautifully honest protagonist navigating life as the not-so-nerdy-anymore New Girl with a cast of characters just as memorable she is. The Reece Malcolm List sings!”
Courtney Summers, author of Cracked up to Be and Some Girls Are

“I really enjoyed The Reece Malcolm List. It isn’t often I come across books with just the right mix of humor and emotion. Amy Spalding has a knack for characterization and dialogue. I very much related to the main character, and I feel like lots of teen girls who are scared to trust others will open up after reading this book. Heartbreaking in the best way, this book is excellent YA contemporary.”
Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker

“I read The Reece Malcolm List in a bad month and didn’t want to leave sixteen-year-old Devan’s new world of sunny L.A. skies, cool choir classes, sexy but sensitive performing arts school boys and an enigmatic thirty-two-year-old mother that she’s only getting to know for the first time. This book has so much warmth and charm that you’ll find yourself wanting a second helping.”
CK Kelly Martin, author of I Know It’s Over and The Lighter Side of Life and Death

Editorial Reviews for The Reece Malcolm List

Not many people will be in the exact same situation as Devan. As this story begins she is flying, with her mother’s lawyer, to go live with her mother. A high school junior, Devan has never met her mother, Reece Malcolm, but now, three months after her father’s death in an auto accident, Devan is being moved to Los Angeles from St. Louis. Devan’s mom, a best-selling and award-winning author, is a mystery to her, and so she has started a notebook of “Things I know about Reece Malcolm.” So far, there are five.

While few may identify directly with Devan, many readers will identify with the difficulties Devan has communicating with her mother (and her mother’s boyfriend); the challenges of a new school (highly academically, competitive, and known just as well for its arts program); her first kiss; and even her love of musicals and desire to appear on Broadway one day. This particular dream defines Devan and the book almost as much as her interactions with her mother. References to Sondheim and show choir abound, and should easily attract fans of Glee to this debut book. A wider audience who enjoys a good romance, a pleasant coming-of-age story, or even a good tale that is set in the real world will also be happy to discover The Reece Malcolm List. Devan and her world may be highly improbable, but they are very believable. The only problem with this book is that Spalding does not yet have any other books out. —Beth Karpas

School Library Journal:
When Devan Mitchell’s dad dies, the 16-year-old goes to live with the woman who gave her up at birth. She discovers that her mother is a young, famous author who dresses like a concert roadie and has a British boyfriend who just moved in. While attempting to get to know her and saying good-bye to her distant father, Devan juggles friendships old and new, budding romances, and the opportunity to leave behind her shy shell and take the lead in her performing-arts school’s spring production. Devan’s emotional kaleidoscope of confusion, excitement, fear, and hope is well handled. Portrayed with humor and vulnerability, the teen is a character readers will identify with, care about, and root for. —Natasha Forrester, Multnomah County Library, OR


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Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62061-240-8
eBook ISBN: 978-1-62061-241-5

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