Then Everything Happens at Once

by M-E Girard

On Sale: 01/31/2023

Then Everything Happens at Once

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Then Everything Happens at Once

by M-E Girard

On Sale: 01/31/2023

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About the Book

From the Lambda Award-winning author of Girl Mans Up comes an empowering, sex-positive coming-of-age story about a teen exploring first love and desire, as her rocky relationship with her own body and a pandemic threaten to sabotage everything. Perfect for fans of Fat Chance, Charlie Vega and Cool for the Summer.  

Baylee has never been kissed but she wants to do way more than that. She’s had a huge crush on her gorgeous best friend and neighbor Freddie for years, but since she doesn’t look like his usual type, the judgmental voice in her head tells her he’ll never see her as more than a friend. It feels like she’ll spend the rest of high school fantasizing on the sidelines while everyone else dates and hooks up.

Then Baylee meets Alex online and she starts to fall for this sweet, funny barista who likes her just as she is. It’s new, electric, and all-consuming to be around Alex. But when Freddie makes a move on Baylee and a virus shuts the world down, Baylee finds herself torn.

Everything is happening at once, and she is left navigating the messy waters of love and desire. It helps that she’s observed her friends’ relationship drama, so she knows exactly what mistakes not to make . . . right?

This sophomore novel from M-E Girard centers a fat, confident girl going after what she wants and learning to love herself along the way.

Critical Praise

"Achingly relatable and gloriously messy, Then Everything Happens nails the all-important journey of learning how to get out of your own way. Girard writes capital-F Feelings with true mastery." — Dahlia Adler, author of Cool for the Summer

"M-E Girard gifts us with a complex heroine who is vulnerable, funny, passionate, and always curious. This novel asks all the tough questions we must grapple with as we come of age and reminds us beautifully that the answers start to come when we learn to love ourselves.” — Abdi Nazemian, author of Stonewall Honor Book Like a Love Story and The Chandler Legacies

“An honest and compelling tour de force about finding yourself and your first love—in more than one person—and questioning yourself every step of the way.” — Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species

“Baylee’s witty, down-to-earth voice, oscillating between self-confidence and self-loathing, is utterly real and compelling. She’s someone who thinks a lot about rules and risks, and Girard’s astute choice to set the novel as the coronavirus pandemic begins to unfold means that the stakes for Baylee’s choices about what rules to follow and what risks to take are extremely high. I read this book in one sitting—I had to find out where Baylee’s choices would take her!” — Sara Ryan, author of Lambda Literary Award finalist Empress of the World

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063206687
  • ISBN 10: 0063206684
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 01/31/2023
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price:23.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT
  • BISAC2 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Dating & Sex
  • BISAC3 : YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience

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