Last Fall we fell hard for librarian Kat Spears‘ debut novel, SWAY. Everyone else did, too: it received two starred reviews and was a YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick!

Her new novel, BREAKAWAY, is about a young man who finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his younger sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.

Reviewers love it as much as we do—it already has THREE starred reviews:

“There’s not a single canned emotion to be found; each boy’s pain is visceral and true to his character. Readers will be hard-pressed to find a more realistic portrait of friends finding themselves while losing one another. A rare study of growing pains that gives equal weight to humor and hardship.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A painfully honest and powerful depiction of the changing nature of friendships in the face of hardship and an exploration of what it means ‘to be human and alive.’” — Booklist, starred review

“Spears showcases a talent for creating believably flawed characters seeking connection in the aftermath of tragedy.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Download and read this pup already! Don’t see the green button? Get whitelisted.

will be available September 15 from St. Martin’s Griffin.

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