Adi Alsaid is the author of several young adult novels, including the YALSA Top Ten Nominee Let's Get Lost,as well as North of Happy, a Kirkus Best of the Year nominee, and Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak. He was born and raised in Mexico City and currently lives in Chicago, Illinois.
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Breakups & Shakeups: Young Adult Rom-Coms
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak
Has heartbreak broken her for good?
Dumped by her boyfriend the summer after senior year, teen love and relationship columnist Lu Charles has hit a wall with her writing. The words just won’t come to her like they used to and if she doesn’t find a topic for her column, she’ll lose her gig at hip online magazine Misnomer, and the college scholarship that goes along with it.
Her best friend, Pete, thinks she should write through her own pain, but when Lu overhears another couple planning a precollege breakup just like hers, she becomes convinced that they’re the answer to cracking her writer’s block. And when she meets them—super-practical Iris and cute, sweet Cal—and discovers they’re postponing their breakup until the end of the summer, she has to know more.
Have Cal and Iris prolonged their own misery by staying together, knowing the end is in sight? Or does the secret to figuring out all this love business—and getting over it—lie with them? One thing is certain—if Lu can’t make a breakthrough before summer is over, she can kiss her future goodbye.
From the acclaimed author of Let’s Get Lost and North of Happy comes a touching exploration of love, relationships and the pain of breaking up.
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