Shalanda Stanley grew up in Louisiana and earned her BA in creative writing at Florida State University. She has an MEd in special education from the University of Louisiana Monroe and a PhD from Louisiana State University in Curriculum & Instruction, with a focus in Reading and Literacy Education. Her debut novel, Drowning is Inevitable, was published in 2015 from Knopf BFYR. Her sophomore novel, Nick and June Were Here, launched in February.
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Nick and June Were Here
Girl in Pieces meets All the Bright Placesin this heartbreaking story of two teens who are determined to stay together in a world tearing them apart.
Nick and June were best friends for years, until their relationship suddenly turned into something more. Now, June is coping with a new diagnosis of schizophrenia, a secret she asked Nick to keep for too long. Between managing her symptoms and her parents, June is just trying to keep it together. Nick is a reluctant car thief, supporting his aunt with the money and focusing on his art whenever he can. But when June’s condition sends her to the hospital and Nick’s latest crime threatens to land him in prison, the two decide to run away. When the world is trying to tear them apart, can Nick and June find a way to stay together?
This emotional, lyrical novel will tug at your heartstrings and make you think twice about what you would give up for love, even if it’s a piece of yourself.
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