HarperTeen Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry
HarperTeen Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

By Joya Goffney

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Publication Date: May 4, 2021

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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up

Riveting debut own voices romance for fans of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, with juicy secrets, sexual tension, and lots of ugly crying!

Debut author Joya Goffney creates a standout own voices story of an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears. It’s a heartfelt, tortured, contemporary YA high school romance.Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud” and all the boys she’d like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing. . . .Then an anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn’t know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett—the last known person to have her journal—in a race against time to track down the blackmailer.Together, they journey through everything Quinn’s been too afraid to face, and along the way, Quinn finds the courage to be honest, to live in the moment, and to fall in love.

About the Author

Joya Goffney grew up in New Waverly, a small town in East Texas. In high school, she challenged herself with to-do lists full of risk-taking items like "hug a random boy" and "eat a cricket," which inspired her debut novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. With a passion for black social psychology, she moved out of the countryside to attend the University of Texas in Austin, where she still resides.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

ISBN: 9780063024793

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