16 Ways to Break a Heart

Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

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Natalie and Dan were electric from the moment they met. Witty banter and sizzling chemistry made falling in love easy—even inevitable. He was in awe of her subversive art and contagious zest for life; she was drawn to his good-guy charm and drive to succeed as a documentary filmmaker.

But that was before. Before hot tempers turned to blowout fights. Before a few little lies turned to broken trust. Before a hundred tiny slights broke them open and exposed the ugly truth of their relationship.

And now Natalie wants Dan to know just how much he broke her.

Over the course of one fateful day, Dan reads sixteen letters that Natalie has secretly, brilliantly hidden in places only he will find. And as he pieces together her version of their love story, he realizes that she has one final message for him. One that might just send his carefully constructed life tumbling down.

Unfolding through letters, texts, and chats, Lauren Strasnick’s smart, sexy, page-turning new novel is the ultimate he said/she said breakdown of a relationship gone wrong.

“This book features so many of favorite things: a seductive portrait of my beloved Los Angeles, a dark love story, an exploration of a young, beautiful, brilliant and troubled girl, and a look at the graces and dangers of female passion.” – Francesca Lia Block, author of Weetzie Bat

“With razor sharp writing and deeply realized characters, Lauren Strasnick’s new novel is a breathtaking exploration of love gone wrong. Stunning, smart, bold, wholly unique…there are so many more than 16 ways that I love this book.” – Corey Ann Haydu, author of The Careful Undressing of Love and Life by Committee

“16 Ways to Break a Heart is a sharp, inventive tale of exhilarating first love that proves it’s always worth hearing both sides of the story.” – Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe

 

Then You Were Gone

Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

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Two years ago Adrienne’s best friend Dakota walked out of her life. One week ago she left Adrienne a desperate, muffled voicemail. Adrienne never called back.

Now Dakota is missing, and all that remains is a string of broken hearts, a flurry of rumors, and a suicide note.

Adrienne can’t stop obsessing over what might have happened if she’d answered Dakota’s call. And she’s growing more convinced each day that Dakota is still alive.

Maybe finding and saving Dakota is the only way Adrienne can save herself.

Or maybe it’s too late for them both.

“A gripping story, artfully told. Strasnick writes with precision and beauty.” -Jessica Martinez, author of Virtuosity and The Space Between Us

“Elegant, heart-rending, and deliciously good. Pulls you along with just enough mystery to make your breath catch.” -Terra Elan McVoy, author of Being Friends with Boys

“Beautifully written and achingly real, Then You Were Gone is taut, suspenseful, and moving.” -Ann Redisch Stampler, author of Where It Began

“I love this book. Strasnick’s spare, haunting prose kept me turning the pages until the very end.” -Morgan Matson, author of Second Chance Summer


nothing-like-you-paperback-510Nothing Like You

Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

Romance Writers of America RITA Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Romance and Best First Book

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“You think he’s yours but he’s not, I thought. You think he’s yours but really he’s mine.”

When Holly loses her virginity to Paul, a guy she barely knows, she assumes their encounter is a one-night stand. After all, Paul is too popular to even be speaking to Holly, and he happens to have a long-term girlfriend, Saskia. But ever since Holly’s mom died six months ago, Holly has been numb to the world, and she’s getting desperate to feel something, anything—so when Paul keeps pursuing her, Holly relents. Paul’s kisses are a welcome diversion, and it’s nice to feel like the kind of girl that a guy like Paul would choose.

But things aren’t so simple with Saskia around. Paul’s real girlfriend is willowy and perfect… and nothing like Holly. To make matters worse, she and Holly are becoming friends. Suddenly the consequences of Holly’s choices are all too real, and Holly stands to lose more than she ever realized she had.

“Emotional, quick-paced, and funny.” –Children’s Literature

“[A] realistic portrayal of a teen needing to feel wanted, secure, and loved.” –School Library Journal

“…happy, sad, funny, and heartbreaking all at the same time.” –Sacramento Book Review

 

her-and-me-and-youHer and Me and You

Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster

A 2012 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

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First love, broken friendships, and heartache all play a part in this evocative, voice-driven novel about Alex, a girl whose world is ripped apart when her father’s affair splits her family in two.

Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred–and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred–and something about Adina–that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world, no matter the consequences.

“Complex and thought-provoking.” –Kirkus

“[Her and Me and You] has a fresh, modern feel and Strasnick offers an elegant portrayal of one teen’s struggle to come to terms with her family, her friendships, and herself.” –School Library Journal

“The simplicity of the text is its power. Short chapters, mostly dialogue, come across like stills in a glossy magazine. Reluctant readers and their peers will be drawn to this minimalist romance and its intriguing characters.” –Booklist

“Teen girls will gobble up the quick, engaging read.” –Horn Book Magazine