L.K. Madigan won the William C. Morris award for her debut YA novel, Flash Burnout. She followed that up with The Mermaid's Mirror. Coached by an imaginary version of Tim Gunn, she continued to write, but cancer cut short her life in 2011. She had a way of mixing humor with darker, heavier material that was wonderful to read.
Her voice lives on in many ways, and it's an honor to give you a sneak peek at her YA novel, Project: Boy Next Door, which will be released next week:
the son of a mega-famous mogul isn't all it's cracked up to be, which
is why super-smart but socially awkward teen Melvin Pepper wants to try
something new: anonymity. To attend a regular high school, get a normal
job, meet real people. A break from the pressure and facade that come
with crazy wealth and a world-renowned last name.
But Mel quickly
realizes that being Mike, his alter ego, isn't as easy as he'd assumed.
He gradually makes friends at work and school and becomes involved in
the radio club, plus navigates the rocky waters of first crushes and
first kisses. However, he discovers someone out there is on to his
secret and is threatening to expose it.
And that's not all. One
of Mel's new work friends is hiding a dark secret of her own, and Mel
feels helpless to make things better for her. He struggles with juggling
two very different identities, balancing jealous old friends and nosy
new ones. Yup, Mel's in way over his head...and the only chance he has
to make everything right is to be true to himself.
The book is currently on Goodreads, and the sales links should be available next week.