Like Jennifer Niven and Julie Buxbaum, Katie Heaney is a writer with a solid sales track in adult who is perfectly poised to break out in the YA space.
An author with a platform and a pitch-perfect YA voice! Katie has more than 16,000 followers and writes full-time for The Cut at New York Magazine. A former editor at Buzzfeed, she already has a built-in platform of young and millennial readers, as well as tons of connections in media. She is also the author of the beloved memoirs Never Have I Ever and Would You Rather?
Hand to fans of We Are Okay, I’ll Give You the Sun, Leah on the Off Beat, and Tell Me Three Things. Think of this as the Own Voices Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, with queer girls at the center of the story! Also noteworthy is that GIRL CRUSHED is not a coming out story; the queer characters are out before the story begins.
With publication timed to Pride Month, we can tap into teen and crossover publicity and marketing opportunities.
Bought in a major preempt, GIRL CRUSHED will be followed up a year later with another standalone YA featuring queer characters.
"The pacing is spot-on, and the exploration of lesbian relationships—particularly post-breakup—is handled deftly. Fresh and charming." —Kirkus Reviews
"This charming romance also addresses the all-too-common practice of discounting or ignoring the queer identity of people in hetero relationships, the complicated road back to friendship after a romantic relationship ends, and the importance of adjusting expectations as you go." —SLJ
“Hilarious and heartbreaking, often all at once. I loved Girl Crushed, which radiates with humor, awkwardness, and heart. It’s a joy to have Katie Heaney’s voice in young adult literature.” —Amy Spalding, bestselling author of The Summer of Jordi Perez
“Girl Crushed is the perfect book about queer longing, immediately relatable for anyone who’s ever obsessed over someone impossibly cool. I’m smitten.” —Britta Lundin, author of Ship It
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