Hi, I'm Maylee. I borrowed your book, "Plus One" during a spontaneous trip to my local library. My original objective was to learn some watercolor techniques from some outdated art books. Since I was on vacation, I decided I would use my remaining 2 days in SF reading this book before returning to LA. I was only able to read halfway through and I had to return it. When I got to LA, I visited 4 libraries just to find this book in order to finish it. It was indescribably amazing.
Thank you for this note, Maylee! It means so much to me! I mean, both that you took the time to write to me, AND that you braved L.A. traffic to hunt the book down! I’m in L.A. now and what the heck PCH?!
Immature male elephant seals play fighting in the water at Año Nuevo State Park, Pescadero CA. (Even though it’s not serious, they do open wounds on their opponents’ necks, which helps to build up a scarred armor for real battles.)
Confession: I thought I was pretty burnt out on YA novels that feature love at the end of the world. I was over dystopian or post-apocalyptic stories.
But the thing is, teens in my libraries ARE NOT. They are still clamoring for more.
So when I was asked to write about the genre for NoveList,…
As I told Molly, I don’t see the ending as a cliffhangar in PLUS ONE (which is a standalone novel). It’s realistic, open-ended, and bittersweet. There’s no neat bow, but if you squint hard when you look at it, there’s reason for hope.