The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions)

The New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions)

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Neurotic over-achiever Jules McCallister-Morgan has her senior year all planned out: become the editor of her prestigious LA private school's revered and long-standing newspaper, and get into Brown. But on only her second day, a wrench is thrown into her plan for perfection--new guy at school, Alex Powell. Alex is smart and funny... and only two years ago had the number one song in the country with his viral video sensation boy band, Chaos 4 All.

After getting over the initial shock that someone like Alex could possibly like like her, Jules accepts that having a boyfriend could be a nice addition to her senior year. That is until Alex commits the ultimate betrayal by joining Talon, the school's brand-new TV news show that's scooping all of the paper's leads. It's a war between old and new media, and Jules isn't going down without a fight. But what's really more important--college applications, or happiness and love?

Filled with tons of romantic tension, shocking reveals, and a less-than-friendly, but more-than-hilarious prank war, Amy Spalding's sophomore title on the Poppy list will leave you falling for The New Guy.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 151 x 215 x 30mm | 426g
  • Poppy
  • United States
  • English
  • 0316382787
  • 9780316382786
  • 802,704

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"Jules' hilarious dilemmas will appeal to every girl who's ever been thrown off her game by a crush (so, every girl). Amy Spalding writes endearing characters who stumble and soar in the most entertaining ways." "Melissa Walker, author of "Unbreak My Heart""" "Characters and plot are painted in broad, bright strokes; Spalding has a quick, easy sense of humor..." ""Publishers Weekly""" "Spalding excels at creating flawed characters whose own issues and mistakes propel the plot forward...this book will appeal to those who want a gentle high school drama with a touch of romance." ""School Library Journal""" Praise for "The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)" "Every Directioner's dream come to life. """ "The sparks that fly between Jules and Alex, the ex-boy band star and newest addition to the senior class, are hot enough to make them a couple worth rooting for..." ""Kirkus Reviews""" "The internal conflict between her drive to succeed and her attraction to Alex make Jules the most dynamic character...Jules's first-person narration pulls the reader into her thoughts and feelings, and her dialogue creates a sense of immediacy." ""VOYA""" "One of the funniest YA novels I've read...You'll love every minute of it." ""BookRiot""" "This is easily one of the funniest YA novels you'll read all year - maybe ever." ""Paste"""
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About Amy Spalding

Amy Spalding grew up in St. Louis, but now lives in the better weather of Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University, and currently works as the Digital Media Planner for an independent film advertising agency. Amy studied longform improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and can be seen performing at indie theaters around L.A. Visit her online at
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990 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 16% (159)
4 23% (232)
3 35% (343)
2 18% (180)
1 8% (76)
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