Penguin Workshop Crushing It
Penguin Workshop Crushing It

Crushing It

By Erin Becker


Publication Date: August 6, 2024

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Ages 10 And Up, Grades 5 And Up

From debut author Erin Becker comes an action-packed but tender novel about first romance, queer identity, and learning how to be brave when it matters the most.

On the soccer field, Magic Mel is in her element. She’s ready to lead her team to victory at the city championship in her new role as captain. Off the field, however, is a totally different story. Mel can’t get a handle on her class presentation, her friend group has completely dissolved, and her ex-friend-current-teammate, Tory, is being the worst. The only place she feels like herself is in her text conversations where she shares her secret poetry with BTtoYouPlease.

Tory McNally, on the other hand, is keeping everything together, thank you very much. So what if her mom is more preoccupied with her craft projects and new husband than her, or that she’s down to one IRL friend because of annoying, overly peppy “Magic” Mel? She’s perfectly fine, and even when she maybe isn’t, she’s got NotEmilyD to text with.

As the championships loom closer, everything around Mel and Tory starts to get more and more complicated: the dynamics on the field, the rift between their friend group, and, as they connect anonymously online, maybe even their feelings for each other . . .

About the Author

Erin Becker (she/her) is an author and marketer living in Washington, DC. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was a Morehead-Cain scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Crushing It is her first novel. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the gym, or occasionally playing soccer (though not nearly as well as Mel and Tory). Learn more and connect with Erin at

Author Residence: Washington, D. C.

Author Hometown: Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, Iowa

Format: Hardcover

Length: 240 pages

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Publication Date: August 6, 2024

ISBN: 9780593523643

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