FROM WHAT I REMEMBER… (HYPERION, MAY 2012)
How do Kylie Flores, socially awkward valedictorian, and Max Langston, conceited jock, wind up in bed together in Mexico, on graduation morning? And is it possible they’re wearing wedding bands? When Kylie’s best friend Will, Max’s girlfriend Lily, and Max’s wingman Charlie show up, things get even more complicated as these five teenagers must make their way back over the border in time for graduation.
Hilarious and poignant, FROM WHAT I REMEMBER blends a high-octane adventure story with a romance that gets to the heart of what it means to find yourself. No one is exactly who they seem here and by the end of their roadtrip together, they will all be changed in ways they never could have imagined.
KARMA BITES (AUGUST 2010 HOUGHTON/MIFFLIN)
Life kind of bites for Franny Flanders. Her best friends hate each other, her parents are recently divorced, and her crazy grandmother has just moved in. Franny can’t seem to catch a break. The only karma she’s got is bad karma.
Franny’s not sure she can take another moment of her miserable life in suburban New Jersey. She considers heading to Canada on a Greyhound bus, in search of greener pastures. But just when things are at their absolute worst, help arrives in the strangest of ways.
Franny finds a box of recipes, hidden deep in the bowels of her hippie grandmother’s closet. These aren’t just ordinary recipes. They’re magical recipes. Fantastical, delicious, enchanted recipes that could fix all of her problems and possibly even change the world. Recipes so amazing, they could get her best friends speaking, alter the social order of middle school and maybe even get her parents back together again. Life is finally looking up. Way up.
But magic isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Especially when you’re a novice. Franny is about to learn that magic and karma aren’t to be toyed with. Turns out, when you mess with the universe, it can bite back. Hard.
Add a little bit of BRAS AND BROOMSTICKS, a touch of LIZZIE McGUIRE, a dash of GALLAGHER GIRLS and a drop of WIZARDS OF WAVERLY PLACE. Mix. Bake. And you’ve got KARMA BITES.