Laurie Devore was born and raised in small town South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University. She now lives and works in Chicago, where she misses the charms and contradictions of the South every day. In her spare time, she reluctantly runs marathons, watches too much TV, and works a “y’all” into every conversation. She is the author of How to Break a Boy and the upcoming Winner Take All.
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Toxic: Unhealthy Relationships in YA Fiction
2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
How to Break a Boy
In this YA contemporary romance from author Laurie Devore, there's only one rule: Keep your enemies close and your friends closer.
Olivia Clayton has mastered the art of tearing others down to stay on top. She and her best friend, Adrienne, rule their small southern town like all good mean girls do—through intimidation and manipulation.
Until Olivia suffers a family tragedy and catches Adrienne sleeping with her boyfriend. Olivia decides to make a change, but it's impossible to resist taking down Adrienne one last time. Up to her old tricks, Olivia convinces golden boy Whit Du Rant to be her SAT tutor and her fake boyfriend. But when it starts to feel real, Whit gets caught up in Olivia and Adrienne’s war.
Olivia may ruin everything she touches, but she won't go down without a fight—not if it means losing Whit.
And definitely not if it means losing what's left of herself.
How to Break a Boy is smart, vicious fun.
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