By the Book A Novel of Prose and Cons

By the Book: A Novel of Prose and Cons

Category: YA

Genre: Contemporary/rom-com

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release date: May 12, 2020

As a devotee of classic novels, Mary Porter-Malcolm knows all about Mistakes That Have Been Made, especially by impressionable young women. So when a girl at her new high school nearly falls for the wiles of a notorious cad, Mary starts compiling the Scoundrel Survival Guide, a rundown of literary types to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately for Mary, she’s better at dishing out advice than taking it—and the number one bad boy on her list is terribly debonair. As her best intentions go up in flames, Mary discovers life doesn’t follow the same rules as fiction. If she wants a happy ending IRL, she’ll have to write it herself.

Amanda Sellet

Amanda Sellet began her writing career in journalism, covering music and movies for VH1, books for The Washington Post, and stories from her own life for NPR. She has an M.A. in Cinema Studies from NYU and spent a year nannying for an English actress before settling in the Midwest with her archaeologist husband and their daughter.
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