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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."
BECKY ALBERTALLI,
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."
BOOKPAGE,
starred review
"Amy Spalding spins a story of friendship, family, love, and longing as perfect and bittersweet as the last days of summer."
REBECCA PODOS,
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."
ROBYN SCHNEIDER,
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."
MAURENE GOO,
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 and Refinery 29, and more

NOW IN PAPERBACK

THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ

(and the best burger in Los Angeles)

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"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."
Kirkus,
starred review
"Yes, this book is as fantastic as it sounds."
Popsugar
"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."
NPR
  • 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
     

COMING SOON

FOOLS IN LOVE

YOUNG ADULT ANTHOLOGY

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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

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
FROM ABRAMS/AMULET
ABOUT Amy

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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BLURBS & REVIEWS
Books

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

EBOOK NOVELLA

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 

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Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists

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

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

BECKY ALBERTALLI,

New York Times bestselling author

 
 
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