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Two-time Edgar Award Finalist Lamar Giles delivers his first contemporary YA—an eye-opening novel that spotlights societal pressures, confronts toxic masculinity, and begs the question: what does it mean to be a “real man”?
Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since forever, and now she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. His best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del’s not about to miss his shot. Again. That’s where Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word, and with other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move ASAP. With all this plotting and scheming, Del never really stops to think what does Kiera want? No matter, though—once he gets the girl, he’s sure it will all sort itself out. Right?
“Realistic…hilarious. I couldn’t put it down.” - Nic Stone, New York Times Bestselling Author of DEAR MARTIN
"..Vibrant and authentic…” - Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of 8th GRADE SUPER ZERO
"Heartfelt and hilarious on every page! Giles is not only adept at storytelling, he understands what makes us human." - Justin A. Reynolds, author of OPPOSITE OF ALWAYS
“Holy hell! This was perfect timely read! I laughed, I gasped, I church grunted through every chapter. Giles is a master at writing realistic characters that are both flawed and relatable." - Tiffany D. Jackson, author of MONDAY’S NOT COMING and LET ME HEAR A RHYME
“…a funny, heartfelt, and wildly charming read!” - Jay Coles, author of TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE
“…smart, funny, and lit.” - Tracey Baptiste, author of THE JUMBIES
“..Giles takes an honest look into masculinity and flips the ol’ premise of “boy gets girl.”" - Lilliam Rivera, author of DEALING IN DREAMS and THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ
Age Range: 13+
Hardcover: 400 pages
Cover Artist: Jor Ros
PHOTOS & GRAPHICS
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Lamar Giles is a well-published author and a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. Lamar has two novels forthcoming in 2020: NOT SO PURE AND SIMPLE his first Contemporary Coming-of-Age Story (HarperTeen/HarperCollins) and THE LAST MIRROR ON THE LEFT (Versify/HMH), the sequel to his 2019 hit THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER.
Lamar Giles is a two-time Edgar Award finalist in the YA category, for his debut YA thriller FAKE ID (HarperCollins, 2014), and his second YA thriller, ENDANGERED (HarperCollins, 2015). His third and fourth YA thrillers, OVERTURNED (Scholastic, 2017) and SPIN (Scholastic, 2019), as well as his middle-grade debut THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER received this glowing New York Times review, and was named to multiple Best Of lists, in Kirkus Reviews and Amazon. You can see the book trailer for OVERTURNED here. FAKE ID has been optioned by Sony Pictures, and THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER has been optioned by Fox/Disney.
Lamar is a contributor to the YA anthology THREE SIDES OF A HEART (HarperCollins, 2017), the editor of the We Need Diverse Books YA short story anthology FRESH INK (Random House 2018), a contributor to the forthcoming YA anthology BLACK ENOUGH: STORIES OF BEING YOUNG & BLACK IN AMERICA (HarperCollins / Balzer & Bray 2019), and a contributor to a forthcoming We Need Diverse Books middle grade anthology THE HERO NEXT DOOR (Random House 2019). He has published several short stories for adults. You can see tv interviews with Lamar here, and here, and here, and in a truly fun “Fun Facts” short interview, created by HarperCollins.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2018. SPIN received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews
2017. OVERTURNED named a Kirkus Reviews Best YA Book for the year
2017. OVERTURNED received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews
2017. OVERTURNED praised in the New York Times Book Review
2016. Virginia State Reading Association Readers’ Choice Award (Winner)
2016. Mystery Writers of America Edgar® Award finalist for Best Young Adult Novel
2015. Mystery Writers of America Edgar® Award finalist for Best Young Adult Novel
2006. Virginia Commission for the Arts Fiction Fellow (Winner)