I’m so honored to reveal the cover and synopsis for my third young adult novel, WHEN WE WERE THEM. This book is coming November 2, 2021 from Atheneum Simon and Schuster.
Thank you to art director, Karyn Lee and illustrator, Dion MBD for envisioning and illustrating the cover of my dreams. Here, Willa, Luz, and Britton are shown in dreamscape (who is really the upside down now?) on my childhood beach, South Mission Beach in San Diego, CA. The whole jacket will be revealed just before the book comes out and it features an icon of my childhood: The Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster.
And now for the synopsis:
When they were fifteen, Willa, Luz, and Britton had a friendship that was everything.
When they were sixteen, they stood by one another no matter what.
When they were seventeen, they went through the worst.
And when they were eighteen, Willa ruined it all.
Now, the week of graduation, Willa is left with only a memory box filled with symbols of the friendship she has nearly destroyed: A book of pranks. Corsages from a nightmarish homecoming. A greasy pizza menu. Greeting cards with words that mean the world… It’s enough to make Willa wonder how anything could tear her, Luz, and Britton apart. But as Willa revisits the moments when she and her friends leaned on one another, she can’t avoid the moments they leaned so hard, their friendship began to crack.
As Willa tries to find a way back to Luz and Britton, she must confront the why of her betrayal and answer a question she never saw coming: Who is she, without them?
Thank you, everyone, for celebrating with me! Preorder links will be up soon wherever you love to buy books.