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Rafi Mittlefehldt

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Rafi Mittlefehldt is the author of two young adult novels, What Makes Us, releasing Oct. 15, 2019, and It Looks Like This, published in 2016.

When he's not writing, Rafi works in instructional design and volunteers for I'm From Driftwood, a non-profit that collects and posts LGBTQ stories from around the world. Raised in Houston, he worked briefly as a reporter for a small-town newspaper in Central Texas before settling in New York. He now lives in Philadelphia with his husband Damien and dog Betty.

Follow him on Instagram and Twitter (@rafimitt for both), and visit his website at rafimitt.com.
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Rafi Mittlefehldt Yes! It'll be available on Audible.…moreYes! It'll be available on Audible.(less)
Rafi Mittlefehldt Ohh, sorry, I missed this! I chose first person because it's a much more personal and internal way to tell a story, which was a good fit for ILLT. Thi…moreOhh, sorry, I missed this! I chose first person because it's a much more personal and internal way to tell a story, which was a good fit for ILLT. This book in particular was at its heart about how a teen - who already has a hard time expressing things even to himself - learns to speak and act for himself. Though that could've been interesting to see in third person, because it would've been easier to withhold information and feelings from the reader, I think it would've just come across as too detached.

Side note - you'll find that books about teens tend to be first person, in large part because people at that age are starting to look inward for the first time in a more meaningful way.

My next book (WHAT MAKES US) shifts the POV between two characters, and it adjusts to their personalities. One is first person, because he is frankly pretty self-involved, and the other is third person, because she's much more observant and empathetic. Plus it's fun to play with shifting perspectives.(less)
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It Looks Like This

3.81 avg rating — 2,142 ratings — published 2016 — 13 editions
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What Makes Us

3.60 avg rating — 269 ratings — published 2019 — 7 editions
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“Toby kicks another rock and we're quiet for another minute or so.

Then she says, Sometimes you seem like that too.

I don't say anything.”
Rafi Mittlefehldt, It Looks Like This

“It looks like this:
Pink, mostly.
Puffs of orange just below.
The fiercest yellow way ahead, far, far ahead.
Red slashed all across.
All of it fading to blue, getting deeper and deeper as you go out.
Underneath all that is the ocean, reflecting it back. All I can hear are the waves and the seagulls, all this calmness surrounded by an eruption of colors, deep strong colors.
I only saw this once in real life. We stayed up late and walked to Mill Point Beach in the middle of the night. There was no light anywhere and we sat, blind, and we said nothing. We didn’t speak for the longest time, just listened to the ocean.
Then the blackness started melting.
This is what it looked like when the sun finally came up. I was so tired, we both were, but we did it anyway.
We only saw it once because there wasn’t much after that, and now we can’t ever go again.
This is what I see when I want to remember the good parts. This is what I see when I think of him, when I let myself think of him.”
Rafi Mittlefehldt, It Looks Like This

“...hurrying because you have to feels different from hurrying because you want to.”
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