Keep My Heart in San Francisco

Keep My Heart in San Francisco

Category: YA

Genre: Contemporary

Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Pulse

Release date: July 14, 2020

Caroline Wilson—Chuck—is the reluctant heir to Bigmouth’s Bowl, her family’s ancient San Francisco bowling alley. She knew business was dwindling, but when she finds out that her father owes an absurd amount of back rent, things take on an entirely new light. Suddenly, her dreams of staying in her beloved San Francisco to attend fashion school are seeming less likely, especially when she finds her father looking at property in Surprise, Arizona. This is not the sort of surprise she welcomes.

Chuck’s only option is to come up with the money herself—and as luck would have it, her former best friend Beckett Porter has an idea how to make it work. Sure, hustling might be slightly illegal, but if it worked for Paul Newman, maybe it can work for them. Right?

Beckett and Chuck team up to infiltrate the Bay Area action bowling scene, with enough success that saving Bigmouth’s seems within reach. But Chuck can’t shake the nagging feeling that she’s acting irrational—too much like her mentally ill mother for comfort—and lying to her father and aunt is weighing heavily upon her. Plus, despite her best efforts to keep things strictly business, Beckett’s charm is winning her back over. Can she pull off saving Bigmouth’s, protecting her father and aunt, keeping tabs on her mental health, and deal with her newfound feelings about her former best friend? If she loses, Bigmouth’s Bowl and their San Francisco legacy are gone forever. But if she wins, she might just get everything she ever wanted.

Amelia Diane Coombs

Amelia Diane Coombs writes books for young adults. Back in the day, she majored in English and went on to receive her MFA in Creative Writing. Now she writes unlikable female protagonists, positive mental health representation, and swoony romances with soft boys. As a lifelong native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she resides in beautiful Sonoma County with her boyfriend and their Siberian cat. When she isn’t writing or reading, Amelia happily fills her days with beekeeping, card and tabletop games, hiking, and volunteering with cats.
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