Check out the Latest Book from Amy Spalding
We Used to Be Friends
"Amy Spalding knows that best friendships are love stories, and this one is complex, earnest, and unflinching. A must-read for anyone who's ever had or lost a friend."
bestselling author of Simon & the Homo Sapiens Agenda
⭐"It’s rare to find a novel that treats friendship so perceptively and acknowledges its potential end so truthfully."
"Amy Spalding spins a story of friendship, family, love, and longing as perfect and bittersweet as the last days of summer."
Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Like Water
"A captivating snapshot of a friendship that many teens will relate to. Spalding explores important questions while lyrically weaving the two stories together."
—School Library Journal
"Honest, heartfelt, and fiercely charming. This is Amy Spalding at her absolute best."
bestselling author of The Beginning of Everything
"We Used to Be Friends chronicles the end of a friendship with a bittersweet authenticity balanced by Amy Spalding's trademark humor. This book will break your heart like only a best friend can."
author of Somewhere Only We Know
2021 ALA Rainbow List Title
2021 TAYSHAS Reading List Title
- 2021 ALA YALSA TEENS' TOP 10 NOMINEE
2021 ALA YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Nominee
Amazon Teachers' Pick
NAMED A Best Book of 2020 by Cosmopolitan, Refinery 29, and more
NOW IN PAPERBACK
THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ
(and the best burger in Los Angeles)
"This book is the queer, fat girl rom-com of my dreams! Plus-size fashion, a fat girl falling in love, nuanced friendships, and cheeseburgers! Did I mention cheeseburgers?"
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'
⭐"Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc."
"Yes, this book is as fantastic as it sounds."
"The Summer of Jordi Perez is a confectionary delight. From lovely romantic date nights to secret makeout sessions to utterly relatable friend drama, this is the happy queer-girl romance I've been longing for since I knew enough to long for happy queer-girl romance."
New York Times bestselling author of Lies We Tell Ourselves
"If your heart sings for teen rom-coms, then stop reading right here – this book delivers every bit of the fizzy fun the genre promises, from perfect first kisses to the heady joy that only a crush reciprocated can bring."
NAMED A Best Book of 2018 by NPR, The Boston Globe, Kirkus, Cosmopolitan, Autostraddle, BuzzFeed, BookRiot, Paste, PopSugar, and More
2019 ALA Rainbow List Title
2019 TAYSHAS Reading List Title
2019 ALA YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Nominee
2019 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee
FOOLS IN LOVE
YOUNG ADULT ANTHOLOGY
Fake relationships. Enemies to lovers. Love triangles and best friends, mistaken identities and missed connections.
These are the tropes that romance is made from. Then add in powerful flora, a superhero and his nemesis, a fantastical sled race through snow-capped mountains, a golf tournament, the wrong ride-share, and even the end of the world. This collection of genre-bending and original stories shows how love always finds a way — whether at a family party or transcending space and time.
Join fifteen bestselling, award-winning, and up-and-coming authors as they reimagine some of the most popular themes in the romance genre that are sure to steal your heart.
COMING DECEMBER 7, 2021
FROM RUNNING PRESS
DEBUT ADULT ROMANCE
After a bad breakup, Nina Rice believes that she's cursed to be alone forever. But when her talent agency job leads her to spend time with up-and-coming actress and notorious control freak Ari Fox, Nina reconsiders her exile. Can Nina keep her chosen family, embrace the future she actually wants, and let go of her fears?...and if she does, can Ari let go enough to be part of Nina's future?
COMING FEBRUARY 2023
FROM KENSINGTON BOOKS
NO BOY SUMMER
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
Lydia and her sister have had too much boy drama ever since--well, ever since they discovered boys. So this summer they're making a pledge: no boys. Lydia isn't expecting to fall for a girl, but she's not technically breaking her promise to her sister. What could go wrong?
COMING SPRING 2023
Amy Spalding is the author of several novels, including the bestselling We Used to Be Friends and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, the Boston Globe, Kirkus, and more.
Amy grew up in St. Louis and now lives in Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
Photo by Robyn Von Swank
A Path of Life
BLURBS & REVIEWS
No Boy Summer
to Be Friends
The Summer of Jordi Perez
(and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)
Adult Romance Debut
After a breakup, Nina Rice believes she's cursed to be alone forever. But after she meets up-and-coming actress Ari Fox, Nina reconsiders her exile.
This summer Lydia and her sister making a pledge: no boys. Lydia isn't expecting to fall for a girl, but she's not technically breaking her promise to her sister. What could go wrong?
A story told in alternating timelines about the most crushing breakup -- a best friend breakup. "Complex, earnest, and unflinching" (Becky Albertalli)
Praised as "the summer's hottest queer romance" (EW) and a best book of 2018 (NPR and more), a romcom bursting with first love, friendship, fashion, and humor
The New Guy
(and Other Senior Year Distractions)
Who wouldn't be thrilled to have a former boyband member show up their senior year of high school? Jules McAllister-Morgan, that's who. She's got stuff to accomplish!
Kissing Ted Callahan
(and Other Guys)
Sneak out, make out,
rock out! Riley and Reid make a pact to help each other find love, but nothing goes as expected in this hilarious tale of rock 'n roll, friendship, and, obviously, kissing
Ink Is Thicker than Water
Kellie's life has never felt so complicated, between family drama, a new role on the school newspaper staff, and an older boy. A story rife with sister feels, relationship messiness, and tattoos
The Reece Malcolm List
When Devan's dad dies, she's shipped off to L.A. to live with the mother she's never known--but it's also about musical theatre, cute boys, and learning to believe in yourself onstage and off
Love and Music
(and Missing Ted Callahan)
(an eBook mini sequel)
Riley's rock 'n roll dreams are finally coming true...but will Ted even be there to see it happen? Set one summer day after the events of Kissing Ted Callahan
ALSO FEATURED IN
Fools in Love: Fresh Twists on Romantic Tales
The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce
Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists
Amy Spalding knows that best friendships are love stories, and this one is complex, earnest, and unflinching.
New York Times bestselling author