How sweet it is to spread the word about Lorraine Zago Rosenthal’s debut YA novel, OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE, which pubs today! This book grabbed me from the first page with its fresh and original voice. I appreciated Ari’s complexity of character, unusual in a lot of other YA books out there. She’s smart but vulnerable, wise for her age but also innocent. I felt so close to her as the novel progressed. There’s a truthfulness to this coming of age novel that reminds me a little of Judy Blume’s FOREVER and Curtis Sittenfeld’s PREP. It’s a sophisticated coming of age story that will resonate with older teens and adults. I hope you’ll agree with me that this novel stays with you long after you finish reading.
The package came together so beautifully with a gorgeous haunting cover that communicates the intimacy and power of the story – shout out to the Delacorte/Random House team! I’m so proud to be associated with OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE. Congratulations to my wonderful client Lorraine Zago Rosenthal! Your book is beautiful.
Here is the book jacket summary:
Ari Mitchell feels invisible at her Brooklyn high school. Her hair is too flat, her style too preppy, and her personality too quiet. And outside school, Ari feels outshined by her beautiful, confident best friend, Summer. Their friendship is as complex and confusing as Ari’s relationship with her troubled older sister, Evelyn, a former teenage mom whose handsome firefighter husband fills Ari’s head with guilty fantasies.
When an unexpected inheritance enables Ari to transfer to an elite Manhattan prep school, she makes a wealthy new friend, Leigh. Leigh introduces Ari to the glamorous side of New York—and to her gorgeous cousin, Blake. Ari doesn’t think she stands a chance, but amazingly, Blake asks her out. As their romance heats up, they find themselves involved in an intense, consuming relationship. Ari’s family worries that she is losing touch with the important things in life, like family, hard work, and planning for the future. Meanwhile, Summer warns her that what she feels for Blake is just an infatuation. Not real love. But Ari’s world is awash with new colors, filled with a freshness and an excitement she hasn’t felt in years.
When misfortune befalls Blake’s family, he pulls away, and Ari’s world drains of color. As she struggles to get over the breakup, Ari must finally ask herself: were their feelings true love . . . or something else?
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