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We Used to Be Friends

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"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."
starred review
"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

  • Amazon Teachers' Pick

  • 2021 YALSA Amazing Audiobooks Nominee

  • NAMED A Best Book of 2020 by Cosmopolitan and Refinery 29, and more



(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?"
Julie Murphy,
#1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'
⭐"Funny, full of heart, and refreshingly free of a weight-loss arc."
starred review
"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."
Robin Talley,
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 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Nominee

  • 2019 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Nominee


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

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A Path of Life


We Used

to Be Friends

A story told in alternating timelines about the most crushing breakup -- a best friend breakup. "Complex, earnest, and unflinching" (Becky Albertalli)

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

The Summer of Jordi Perez

(and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)

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 

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 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!

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 


Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists

The (Other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce 


Amy Spalding knows that best friendships are love stories, and this one is complex, earnest, and unflinching.


New York Times bestselling author


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