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Publisher's Summary

Leah on the Offbeat meets We Are Okay in this pitch-perfect queer romance about falling in love and never quite falling out of it - heartbreak, unexpected new crushes, and all. 

Before Quinn Ryan was in love with Jamie Rudawski, she loved Jamie Rudawski, who was her best friend. But when Jamie dumps Quinn a month before their senior year, Quinn is suddenly girlfriend-less and best friend-less. 

Enter a new crush: Ruby Ocampo, the gorgeous and rich lead singer of the popular band Sweets, who's just broken up with her on-again, off-again boyfriend. Quinn's always only wanted to be with Jamie, but if Jamie no longer wants to be with her, why can't Quinn go all in on Ruby? But the closer Quinn grows to Ruby, the more she misses Jamie, and the more (she thinks) Jamie misses her. Who says your first love can't be your second love, too? 

Katie Heaney is a full-time senior writer for The Cut, a former editor at BuzzFeed, and the author of the memoirs Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date and Would You Rather? Girl Crushed is her YA debut.

©2020 Katie Heaney (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"The pacing is spot-on, and the exploration of lesbian relationships - particularly post-breakup - is handled deftly. Fresh and charming." (Kirkus Reviews)

"This charming romance also addresses the all-too-common practice of discounting or ignoring the queer identity of people in hetero relationships, the complicated road back to friendship after a romantic relationship ends, and the importance of adjusting expectations as you go." (SLJ)

“Hilarious and heartbreaking, often all at once. I loved Girl Crushed, which radiates with humor, awkwardness, and heart. It’s a joy to have Katie Heaney’s voice in young adult literature.” (Amy Spalding, best-selling author of The Summer of Jordi Perez)

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I loved this book very much It’s an amazing book and I love it so much good job writer

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I need a sequel!!!

I absolutely loved this book. As someone who is currently going through a break up, there were so many parts that made me tear up a bit. I felt the heartbreak as well as all the tense moments. The narrator did a very good job reading. It should have been a pretty predictable book, but it took me by surprise anyways. It ended so abruptly, I need more!!! Recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

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Still loving YA as not a young adult

Listened to this book on audible to try something new, I usually buy Katie Heaney’s books but the narration really took this to the next level. I’ve read many a straight high school romance story in my younger years, and as a queer adult this *obviously* blows them all away. This book has the duality of focusing on contemporary topics (such as Quinn’s obsession with the USWNT), while also coupled with timeless storylines of young queer love and sexual tension. So yeah, this was awesome. Props on writing another great story that my 17 year old self would’ve swooned over, and my 25 year old self still did.

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I need a sequel!

I loved this book. The story was incredible. The reading was incredible. The awkwardness and uncomfortable moments were something I could feel in my bones so much that I physically cringed at moments when I thought back to doing the same awkward things. I wish it had a billion more chapters!