ReleaseDate: May 2013
CoverDeisgned by: AllieBrennan of B Design
Coverreveal organized by: YA Bound
Isabelle Andrews isn’t supposed to be here. She isn’tsupposed to be a freshman at Hartford Community College, she isn't supposed tobe living at home and working at her dad’s failing bakery, and she definitelyisn’t supposed to be taking Intro to Electronic Music Production, a class thatwill get her nowhere toward her goal of an English Ph.D. by age twenty-five.But when her dad’s latest business fiasco eats up her college fund, HartfordCommunity College is exactly where Isabelle finds herself—and thanks to herlate enrollment, she doesn’t even get to choose her classes. Stuck withElectronic Music and way-too-easy English courses, Isabelle is determined towallow in all the misery she feels entitled to.
But community college brings some unexpected benefits…like the fact that acertain overworked, over-scheduled Electronic Music professor hands over mostof his duties to his teaching assistant. His tall, green-eyed, absolutelygorgeous teaching assistant. When TA Evan Strauss discovers Isabelle’s apathytoward electronic music—and, well, all music—he makes it his mission to converther. The music Evan composes stirs something inside Isabelle, but she can’t getinvolved—after all, she’ll be transferring out as soon as possible.
Still, no matter how tightly Isabelle holds on to her misery, she finds itslipping away in the wake of all Hartford Community offers: new friendships, asurprisingly cool poetry professor, and most of all, Evan. But Evan’s dream ofowning his own music studio is as impractical as Isabelle’s dad’s bakery, andwhen Evan makes a terrible decision, everything Isabelle has gained threatensto unravel. Soon Isabelle discovers that some of the most important lessonstake place outside the classroom…and that in life, as in Evan’s favoriteDepeche Mode song, the most precious things can be the hardest to hold on to.
Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program atUSC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She movedto Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which mightgive you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, booksabout dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.