My new book THE BOY AND GIRL WHO BROKE THE WORLD is officially out in just three months, on July 9! I would be incredibly honored and grateful if you’d help spread the world and pre-order a copy (and maybe throw in the new paperback of THE NOWHERE GIRLS while you’re at it). Pre-orders are a really powerful way to support a book and to help it get attention from booksellers.
Great news! BOY AND GIRL is available for pre-order from all your favorite online places to get books:
– Malaprop’s (my favorite local indie bookstore in Asheville, NC)
– Indie Bound
– Barnes and Noble
– Simon & Schuster
Writing this book kept my heart from breaking over the last couple very difficult years. It’s about lovable weirdos, the healing power of friendship, and finding hope even when the world is falling apart.
This book is also special to me because I allowed myself to get a little…weird with it. As a teen, I was obsessed with Tom Robbins and his quirky, warmhearted, and surreal take on the Pacific Northwest where I grew up. This book, in some ways, is my humble attempt to honor that lineage. I’ve always been a huge fan of authors who integrate surreal and magical elements into their realism, and I let myself have a lot of fun with this one. Because what’s more fun than the end of the world, right?
Below you will find the official book description and a lovely blurb from one of my favorite YA authors. Thanks for all your support over the years, and I hope you love this book as much as I loved writing it.
THE BOY AND GIRL WHO BROKE THE WORLD
The Astonishing Color of After meets Eleanor & Park in this breathtaking and beautifully surreal story about a friendship between two teens that just might shake the earth around them or at the very least make them face some painful truths about the nature of what drives us apart…and what brings us together.
Billy Sloat and Lydia Lemon don’t have much in common, unless you count growing up on the same (wrong) side of the tracks, the lack of a mother, and a persistent loneliness that has inspired creative coping mechanisms.
When the lives of these two loners are thrust together, Lydia’s cynicism is met with Billy’s sincere optimism, and both begin to question their own outlook on life. On top of that, weird happenings including an impossible tornado and an all-consuming fog are cropping up around them—maybe even because of them. And as the two grow closer and confront bigger truths about their pasts, they must also deal with such inconveniences as a narcissistic rock star, a war between unicorns and dragons, and eventually, of course, the apocalypse.
With a unique mix of raw emotion, humor, and heart, the surreal plotline pulls readers through an epic exploration of how caring for others makes us vulnerable—and how utterly pointless life would be if we didn’t.
The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World is gritty, gutsy, and ferociously strange. Amy Reed offers us a surreal yet oddly familiar world teetering on the edge of destruction and offers hopeful and inventive ways to survive the pain and salvage our dreams. This story is powerful and unique, and I envied its wild and irreverent vision to pieces. (Nova Ren Suma, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us)
Oh, and another cool thing! The paperback edition of THE NOWHERE GIRLS is coming out on the same day, with a GORGEOUS new cover! You can go ahead and throw that in your virtual shopping cart too 🙂