by Kayla Cagan
Ages 14 and up
March 7, 2017
« “Cagan tells Piper’s story with amazing authenticity… soulful reading for any artistic teen with a dream.”—Booklist, starred review
“A character readers will remember.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Will embolden budding teen artists.”—School Library Journal
“Smart, fresh, and utterly engaging.”—Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe and Little and Lion
“If a book could be my BFF, it would be this one.” —Bonnie Burton, author of Crafting with Feminism and Girls Against Girls
“Get ready for all the feels! Urgent, funny, and achingly real, Piper Perish will pull you into her artsy, messy, and love-rich world on the first page and hold you tight until the very end.” —Leila Howland, author of Hello, Sunshine
“A smart, complicated, emotionally mature, coming-of-age story that leaps off the page and reminds you why you ever dared to dream.”—Pamela Ribon, bestselling author of Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public
About Piper Perish
Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper's dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she's never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper's sister's tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper's art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much?
Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this dynamic, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she's missing any one of these things?
For this blog tour I've asked Kayla to share her the books that made her fall in love with reading and her favorite go-to book when she's up for a reread.
My first loves when I was a very young girl were the books of Beverly Clearly (RAMONA THE PEST and all of the other Ramona books), Judy Blume (BLUBBER, TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SHEILA THE GREAT) and Pearl Buck (THE GOOD EARTH). I also liked the Choose Your Own Adventure and Sweet Valley High series.
My favorite go-to book to reread is A MOVEABLE FEAST, a memoir by Ernest Hemingway about his years as a struggling, young, expatriate journalist and writer in Paris in the 1920s. Hemingway is not my favorite writer, but I absolutely love his stark emotional rawness and fear, as well as his overwhelming love of life in this book. He’s a mess of a young man and he’s not particularly likable, but he writes a beautiful portrait of Paris (among other places) here and what his life was really like. There’s an honesty, a vulnerability, and a romance in this book that is hard to find elsewhere.
Thanks for sharing Kayla! I love seeing Judy Blume on this list. I remember devouring her Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge when I was younger.
Kayla Cagan is a writer and dramaturge who has run social media and content for events like the LA Times Festival of Books and The Taste. She has several published plays in Smith and Kraus anthologies, two award-winning comic books, and various essays. Her work is also included in a One on One anthology from Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, as well as 25 10-Minute Plays for Teens. She and her husband, who wrote the screenplay for the popular 2015 movie THE DUFF, live in Los Angeles.
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