A Night In with Holly Bourne and Becky Albertalli
To mark the publications of The Yearbook and Kate In Waiting, join the queens of young adult fiction Holly Bourne and Becky Albertalli to celebrate their new releases in an entertaining evening of insight and humour, chaired by Simon James Green.
This event is now available to watch on demand until 24th May.
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Holly, author of Am I Normal Yet? and The Places I’ve Cried in Public, delivers a smart and sassy high school drama with her newest novel, The Yearbook.
Working on the school newspaper, Paige is used to dealing with fake stories. How popular girl Grace is a such an amazing person (lie). How Laura steals people's boyfriends (lie). How her own family are so perfect (lie). Now Grace and friends have picked their "best" high-school moments for Paige to put in the all-important Yearbook. And they're not just fake. They're poison. But Paige has had enough of all the lies in her life. And with the help of Elijah - the only boy who could ever understand her - she's going to reveal the truth, whatever the cost...
From Becky, bestselling author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, comes a buoyant new novel about daring to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight in love, life, and theatre.
Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not co-dependent. Carpooling to and from theatre rehearsals? Environmentally sound and efficient. Consulting each other on every single life decision? Basic good judgment. Pining for the same guys from afar? Shared crushes are more fun anyway.
But when Kate and Andy's latest long-distance crush shows up at their school, everything goes off-script. Matt Olsson is talented and sweet, and Kate likes him. She really likes him. The only problem? So does Anderson. Turns out, communal crushes aren't so fun when real feelings are involved. This one might even bring the curtains down on Kate and Anderson's friendship.
In conversation for this exclusive event, Holly and Becky will explore the impact of high school, and how those days shape our identity and the rest of our lives. They’ll also consider secondary school as a microcosm for society, alongside the safe space that high school musical theatre offers to marginalised teenagers.
Fresh, funny and heart-warming, this event perfectly encapsulates the dizzying highs and lows of the high-school experience.