Janey King’s priorities used to be clear: track, school, friends, and family. But when seventeen-year-old Janey learns that her seemingly happy parents are getting divorced, her world starts to shift. Back at school, Luke Hallstrom, an adorable senior, pursues Janey, and she realizes that she has two new priorities to consider: love and sex.
Inspired by Judy Blume’s classic Forever, I Never features a perfect, delicious, almost-to-good-to-be-true high school relationship . . . and it doesn’t shy away from the details. Destined to be passed from teen to teen, this is a young adult debut that will get readers talking.
Laura Hopper has worked in the film industry and is currently a book editor. I Never is her first novel. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her family.
1. WHAT IS ON YOUR DESK?
· My Mac Book Pro – can’t imagine life without it
· View of my backyard where birds are constantly pooping on my outdoor furniture
· Trader Joe’s Organic Ginger Pear White Tea
· A snack: almonds (just plain, not roasted or salted) or sourdough pretzels. I am known to fill my little ramekin with chocolate-covered almonds or pretzels
· My phone with the screenshot of my kids who make me smile
· Writing utensils including the world’s best pen: Uniball Vision Fine in Purple. It makes anything you write look pretty.
· A little notebook for random thoughts and lists (sometimes creative, sometimes reminders of things I need at CVS). This notebook is the perfect size and is from #runforlife.
2. 10 Favorite Books and 1 that isn’t (Which one do you think isn’t Laura’s favorite?)
1. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
2. Forever by Judy Blume
3. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
4. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov
6. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
9. Testimony by Anita Shreve
10. The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
11. The Other Boleyn Girl Philippa Gregory
3. What books did you read as a child that inspired you to write?
When I was very young, I leaned toward comedy. Beverly Cleary was a favorite. Then I discovered Judy Blume and the art of the finding the sweet spot where romance and comedy meet. As a pre-teen, I was intoxicated by V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic series.
4. Song list for your book
I had to channel my teenaged self, so it’s a collection from the ‘80s (plus a few randoms).
· Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield
· Kiss on My List by Hall and Oates
· Open Arms by Journey
· With or Without You by U2
· Always Something There to Remind Me by Naked Eyes
· Let’s Go Crazy by Prince
· Centerfold by The J Geils Band
· Jenny Jenny by Tommy Tutone
· True by Spandau Ballet
· Tenderness by General Public
· Mad About You by Belinda Carlisle
· Town Called Malice by The Jam
· Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
· Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
· The Way You Make Me Feel by Michael Jackson
· Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
· Take it on the Run by REO Speedwagon
· Crazy for you by Madonna
· Bonus: I’ll Be There for You, theme song from “Friends”
5. What is a typical writing day like for you?
I have a regular job as a book editor at Disney, so I don’t have a weekday to devote to writing. I get home from work and have dinner with my family. When my kids are doing homework and my dog has been walked, I sit at my desk with my tea and a little snack – pretzels or almonds – and I dive into my imagination.
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