As if Independent Bookstore Day wasn't already our FAVORITE day of the year...we are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting Becky Albertalli's launch for "Leah on the Offbeat" that evening! She will be in conversation with Emily X.R. Pan, author of "The Astonishing Color of After," moderated by Aisha Saeed, author of "Written in the Stars" and the upcoming "Amal Unbound" (which, spoiler alert, will also be launched at Little Shop in May). We cannot wait to share these two phenomenal YA books with our community. Learn more about them below!
This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of one of the books from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!
"Leah on the Offbeat:"
In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, "Love, Simon"—we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst. When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.
She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.
It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
"The Astonishing Color of After:"
No two people experience love or grief the same way. THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER is a poignant reminder that both can take on a multitude of forms. For fifteen-year-old Leigh Chen Sanders, grief takes the form of a bird. Leigh is absolutely certain that when her mother died by suicide, she turned into the bird that seems to be haunting her – ever present yet inscrutable. After she discovers a box of letters from her mother’s childhood, Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents. In her search for the bird, Leigh chases after ghosts, uncovering deep family secrets and forging a new relationship. An artist by nature, Leigh uses color to express her emotion: the initial shock of experiencing a death are muted hues, while the realization of the profound loss is florescent. As she grieves, Leigh must grapple with the fact that at the same time she kissed her best friend and longtime crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. What she thought was the best day of her life was actually the worst.
With lyrical prose in the vein of Jandy Nelson and clear concise language reminiscent of the works of Celeste Ng, THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER places Pan firmly on the map of young adult authors with impactful careers ahead. A poignant juxtaposition of the past and the present, the real and the imagined, Emily X.R. Pan’s debut novel is a stunning reminder of what it means to love and live after loss.