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Late to the Party
Late to the Party | Kelly Quindlen
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From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, and what it means to be a Real Teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere. Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined. Shes never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. Shes never even been kissed. And its not just because shes gay. Its because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world. So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties arent for kids like them. Theyre for cool kids. Straight kids. But then Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia. The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it.
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ravenlee
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I did manage to cobble together my #BookSpin list last night before falling asleep. Yesterday was our first day post-antibiotics (two weeks of IV and four weeks of oral suspension, three times a day) and we‘re finally getting back to a normal sleep schedule! Maybe I‘ll get some more normal reading time soon.

keys_on_fire Hope your recovery goes smoothly and swiftly! 17h
ravenlee @keys_on_fire thank you - I didn‘t realize I wasn‘t clear: it‘s my daughter. She‘s recovering from a really scary staph infection in October that necessitated two surgeries and massive amounts of antibiotics. See - I need sleep! But I do thank you for the good wishes. 14h
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MallenNC
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This was a good YA book about finding new friends when you feel like you‘ve outgrown your group. As an adult reading it, there were a couple of choices made by the characters (like to drive to another state at night without telling the parents) that made me anxious! But I think it‘s relatable to younger readers. I‘ll definitely read more of her work.

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Victoria6
Late to the Party | Kelly Quindlen
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Book #12

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holarosarita
Late to the Party | Kelly Quindlen
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POV: it‘s April 2020 and you just put out a book with a side character named Rona

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khooliha Late to all sorts of parties! 2y
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holarosarita
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Oh yeah, I work at... the restaurant... #sus

khooliha 👽 2y
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LisaLovesToRead
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I was pleasantly surprised. This started rather one-dimensionally, but I reminded myself that it was aimed at a young adult audience. As the plot progressed, Quindlen did weave the pieces and characters together in a compelling way, reminding me of the emotional pains of adolescence.

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Favorite book of the year #mbcreadathon #mbcgiveaway6

MonthlyBookClub Got your entry for Check-In 6! 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Can‘t wait for Tuesday night‘s book talk with Kelly Quindlen and Becky Albertalli!! I‘ve been loving the Joshilyn Jackson Reads series all summer. Here‘‘s the link to join: #DecaturBookFestival #DBF20

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/jj-reads-late-to-the-party-and-love-creekwood/registe...

vivastory Thanks for posting! I just registered for the Locke/Cosby event 👍 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Cute, quick YA with LGBTQ characters and plot lines as well as growing up and managing friendships as well as romantic relationships. #ARC #Netgalley

The author will be in conversation virtually with Joshilyn Jackson and Becky Albertalli on August 18th!!! It‘s free and fun!

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/jj-reads-late-to-the-party-and-love-creekwood/registe...

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WanderingBookaneer
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It would have been a five star review if it wasn‘t for that Chic-fil-A visit. Quindlen does a great job in conveying that doubt in one‘s mind as we ponder on whether or not our feelings are reciprocated and the anxiousness of wondering if we should be the ones to take the next step. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #LGBTQYA #LGBTQ #lesbianromance #gaycharacter #bisexualcharacter #lesbiancharacter #lesbianprotagonist

SincerelyWinona I originally thought it was a weird choice for the book too, but it‘s a southern thing. They go to Waffle House which is pretty conservative as well. Also, I didn‘t start to understand that my spending money had political power until after I graduated college, so I can understand high schoolers just wanting time with friends and food. 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I was enjoying this one. I read 137 pages in one sitting until the three queer bffs went to Christian Chicken.

sarahbarnes SERIOUSLY. 2y
Hollie Yes!! 2y
KathyWheeler I‘m sure some queer folks do go there, but none of my family and friends are among them. In support of them, I don‘t either. So it‘s odd to see it in a book. (edited) 2y
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vlwelser That bugs me IRL also. 2y
BookwormM I am in the UK what the heck is chic fil a? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @BookwormM : It is a fast food chain with Christian values whose CEO donates million to anti-LGBTQ causes worldwide. 2y
BookwormM OK thanks for the explanation that sounds really messed up to me and I get why it annoys you 2y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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A wonderfully warm, heartfelt #YA about growing beyond the person your old friends think you are, 1st kisses, & queer friendship. Codi, JaKory, & Maritza (lesbian, gay, bi) are Netflix watching homebody BFFs. When they go to a party, Codi becomes friends w/ a closeted jock. Through him she meets a girl who might like her back. She finally has some teen adventures. But she hides it from her BFFs. Beautifully complex relationships, sparks of insight

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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"You grow up with these ideas about Teenagers, about their wild, vibrant, dramatic lives of breaking rules and making out and Being Alive, and you know it's your destiny to become one of them someday, but suddenly you're 17 and you're watching people cannonball into a swimming pool in the pouring rain, and you realize you still haven't become a real Teenager, and maybe you never will."
#QueerBooks #LGBTQBooks #LGBTQ #YA #GayYA

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