Happy Book Birthday to Sarah Nichole Smetana and The Midnights!
Happy Happy Book Birthday to the rad Sarah Nicole Smetana, whose debut is out in the world today!
Also, I’m reading it and it’s PHENOMENAL. You should stop by Sarah’s website to spy all the cool talk and a round up of the insane media coverage this amazing book has been getting. I read one of these posts at Germ Magazine and it’s fascinating (also she was electrocuted)!
This voice-driven coming-of-age YA novel is perfect for fans of Katie Cotugno and Playlist for the Dead.
Susannah Hayes has never been in the spotlight, but she dreams of following her father, a former rock star, onto the stage. As senior year begins, she’s more interested in composing impressive chord progressions than college essays, certain that if she writes the perfect song, her father might finally look up from the past long enough to see her.
But when he dies unexpectedly, her dreams—and her reality—shatter.
While Susannah struggles with grief, her mother uproots them to a new city. There, Susannah realizes she can reinvent herself however she wants: a confident singer-songwriter, member of a hip band, embraced by an effortlessly cool best friend. But Susannah is not the only one keeping secrets, and soon, harsh revelations threaten to unravel her life once again.
Set against the scintillating landscape of Southern California, The Midnights is an evocative coming-of-age debut about loss, creativity, and finding your voice while you’re still finding yourself.
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Read a Sneak Peek
Bustle featured The Midnights and you can read a sneak peek of the book here.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah Nicole Smetana grew up in Orange, California, where she wrote songs, played in a few bands, and successfully pilfered all of her parents’ best vinyl records. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University and her MFA in Fiction from The New School. Currently, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their three-legged cat.
The Midnights (HarperTeen/HarperCollins 2018) is her first novel.
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