Clarion Books By the Book
Clarion Books By the Book

By the Book

By Amanda Sellet

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Publication Date: November 8, 2022

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

In this “smart, engaging romance,”* a teen obsessed with nineteenth-century literature tries to cull advice on life and love from her favorite classic heroines to disastrous results. (*Booklist, starred review)

Mary Porter-Malcolm has prepared for high school in the one way she knows how: an extensive review of classic literature to help navigate the friendships, romantic liaisons, and overall drama she has come to expect from such an “esteemed” institution. Her love of literature even inspires her to imagine herself the heroine of a nineteenth-century novel. Not the sort who makes poor life choices and ends up dying of consumption while still in her teens, but the noble, virtuous, quick-witted type.When some new friends seem in danger of falling for the same tricks employed since the days of Austen and Tolstoy, Mary swoops in to create the Scoundrel Survival Guide, using archetypes of literature’s debonair bad boys to signal red flags for dating. But despite her best efforts, she soon finds herself unable to listen to her own good advice and falling for a supposed cad—the same one she warned her friends away from. Without a convenient rain-swept moor to flee to, Mary is forced to admit that real life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction and that if she wants a happy ending, she’s going to have to write it herself.

About the Author

Debut author Amanda Sellet had a previous career in journalism, during which she wrote book reviews for the Washington Post, personal essays for NPR, and music and movie coverage for VH1. These days she lives in Kansas with her archaeologist husband and their daughter.

Format: Paperback

Length: 400 pages

Publisher: Clarion Books

Publication Date: November 8, 2022

ISBN: 9780358668084

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