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Meet Cute: Leah Johnson & David Yoon

Thu, November 19 from 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm PST
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Leah Johnson and David Yoon

 

Contemporary YA romantic comedies about teens trying a new identity and grabbing the spotlight—and the girl.

The first Reese’s YA Book Club pick, Leah Johnson’s debut novel You Should See Me a Crown features Liz Lighty, who has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. Liz’s escape plan—go to a top college—is upended when her financial aid falls through. Her plan B is to win the scholarship attached to the prom queen, but the new girl, Mack, is also in the running and Liz is falling for the competition…

Bestselling author David Yoon’s Super Fake Love Song introduces Sunny Dae, who finds himself knee-deep in a lie—that he’s the front man of a rock band—trying to impress his dream girl, Cirrus. Soon he finds himself enjoying the popularity and confidence that come with his rocker persona; but Sunny’s house of cards threatens to come tumbling down, and he is forced to wonder if it was all worth it—and if it’s possible to ever truly change.

Moderated by Zan Romanoff, author of Look.

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Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson an editor, educator, and author of books for young adults. her bestselling debut YA novel—and the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick!--You Should See Me in a Crown is available now wherever books are sold, and her sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun​ is due out in 2021.

Purchase You Should See Me In a Crown from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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David Yoon

David Yoon grew up in Orange County, California, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their daughter. He drew the illustrations for Nicola's #1 New York Times bestseller Everything, Everything. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Frankly in Love, which was a William C. Morris Award finalist and an Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature Honor book. His most recent book is Super Fake Love Song.

Purchase Super Fake Love SONG from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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Zan Romanoff

Zan Romanoff is the author of three young adult novels, most recently Look, a deceptively glamorous and thoroughly feminist queer coming-of-age novel about falling in love and taking ownership of your self and your image in the age of social media. Romanoff’s non-fiction has been featured in The Awl, Buzzfeed, Eater, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications.

Purchase Look from POWELL'S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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