Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What Happens Next - Colleen Clayton

A few summers ago I met Colleen Clayton at the Cleveland State University Imagination Writers Conference. We were both MFA students in the NEOMFA (which consists of four Ohio colleges working together...Colleen was at Youngstown, I was at Cleveland State), and we were both lovers of Young Adult literature. We hung out together that week talking about our favorite YA authors and our own books that we hoped to one day sell. Back then selling our books was just a dream.

But now, it's not a dream. Both of our books are being published (yay!) and Colleen is now able to reveal her AWESOME cover!

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton
Expected publication: October 9, 2012
Publisher: Poppy (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
YA Contemporary

I mean, seriously, does it not rock? I love how Sid looks like she's glowing!

It's contemporary YA, which is my number one love and takes place in Lakewood (the city I lived in for six years after college!). Here's the synopsis:

How can you talk about something you can't remember?

Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy "Sid" Murphy was a cheerleader, a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she's thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid - including a lock of her perfect red curls - and she can't remember any of it.

Back home and alienated by her friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey "The Living Stoner" Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect... or so she thinks.

Humorous and thoughtful, Colleen Clayton's stunning debut is a moving exploration of one girl's triumph over tragedy.

Sounds awesome, right?

Why not go and add it to your Goodreads account?

Or even pre-order it!

I can't wait to read this!


Becca Christiansen said...

GORGEOUS cover!!! Can't wait to read it!

Rachel said...
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Bee said...

Such a funky cover and yay for contemporary YA! Sounds like a fun read :)

Kristan Hoffman said...

Very cool! It's so fun to see people you know (cough cough) finding their success. :)