Final Draft

Final Draft

3.49 (1,475 ratings by Goodreads)
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Laila Piedra doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, and definitely doesn't sneak into the 21-and-over clubs on the Lower East Side. The only sort of risk Laila enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before graduation, Laila's number one fan is replaced by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who sees nothing at all special about Laila's writing.

A growing obsession with gaining Nazarenko's approval-and fixing her first-ever failing grade-leads to a series of unexpected adventures. Soon Laila is discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, and the beauty of temporary flings and ambiguity. But with her sanity and happiness on the line, Laila must figure out if enduring the unendurable really is the only way to greatness.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 147 x 216 x 21mm | 400g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1419728725
  • 9781419728723
  • 543,590

Review quote

"This book packs a lot in to its pages and you get swept along with Laila's dizzying voyage to adulthood very quickly. It seems like no 'issue' is left off a YA writer's tick sheet, but it really works." -- The School Librarian "Perfect for teens and young adults who struggle to meet the impossible standards set for them, Final Draft asks the question: is it worth sacrificing your happiness in the quest for perfection?" -- Happiful "18-year-old fat, pansexual, Ecuadorian American Laila is an accomplished sci fi writer whose final semester of high school is ruined when her favorite creative writing teacher is replaced. Her new instructor is critical of and unenthusiastic about her work, leading her to push herself out of her comfort zone - but how far is too far?" -- Autostraddle, 50 of the Best LGBT Books of 2018 "Writing is never easy, and Final Draft delves fully into the darker side of a creative life. Ultimately, however, it's a hopeful reminder that words, imagination and creativity can change the world." -- Bustle
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About Riley Redgate

Riley Redgate is a recent graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where she was an economics major. Her first two novels, Noteworthy and Seven Ways We Lie, earned critical acclaim. She currently lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY.
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Rating details

1,475 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 15% (217)
4 34% (508)
3 38% (558)
2 11% (168)
1 2% (24)
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