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Claire LaZebnik

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Please check out THINGS I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN, now available in bookstores and online.

"LaZebnik hits it out of the park with her story about pretty, popular Chloe and her loving relationship with her older, autistic sister, Ivy." BOOKLIST (starred review)

"Writing with honesty and wit, LaZebnik offers a thought-provoking portrayal of how people can come together despite, or perhaps because of, their differences."
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Claire LaZebnik I know this sounds corny, but the answer sort of has to come from inside you: think about why you want to be a writer. Do you love the act of writing?…moreI know this sounds corny, but the answer sort of has to come from inside you: think about why you want to be a writer. Do you love the act of writing? Then write every day and lose yourself in the act of writing without worrying about the future of what you write--when you have something you like, you can send it out and hope for the best. Do you want to be famous? That's definitely a longshot for any writer (I've been doing this for almost two decades and I'm still not famous.) It's going to be tough to stay motivated if that's your goal. But I'm guessing it's more that you love to read and to write so just do what you love to do and don't worry about whether or not it will sell. Just enjoy being creative. And don't read anything about the industry or about how many books are out there--it'll just make you crazy. This is about you and only you and being creative. Good luck!(less)
Claire LaZebnik I am! I'm finishing up a YA novel (I haven't sold this one yet, so I don't know if it will ever see the light of day, but I hope so) and then I feel l…moreI am! I'm finishing up a YA novel (I haven't sold this one yet, so I don't know if it will ever see the light of day, but I hope so) and then I feel like I want to go back to adult fiction. I'm also waiting to hear about another adult project that's being sent out now, but it makes me nervous to talk about it. :)(less)
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Things I Should Have Known!

My new book is out tomorrow! (March 28) Things I Should Have Known is a YA novel about two close sisters: one has autism and the other doesn't, but they support each other through all the struggles, challenges and romances that life throws at them. In a starred review, Booklist said, "LaZebnik hits it out of the park with her story about pretty, popular Chloe and her loving relationship with her o Read more of this blog post »
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I was so excited to read this but it fell flat for me. He skipped all of the most interesting parts of how a pandemic affects a community and would, for example, just have a couple of people mention that a lot of people were dying. And the main chara ...more
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Love these so much. I did end up not finishing two of the stories, but all the rest were so good, I don't care. What a beautiful writer.
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So this is a fun read and it does keep you turning the pages. But, man, the dialogue is awful. Like a 65-year-old trying to write dialogue for 23-year-olds and just not knowing what they sound like. (If I read one more "no bout a-doubt it," I was goi ...more
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“No one's family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior.”
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“I got lost in him, and it was the kind of lost that's exactly like being found.”
Claire LaZebnik, Epic Fail

“He only invited me because of you and Chase.'
'Right,' she said, following me inside. 'He's never shown the slightest interest in you before. I mean, he's never stared at you like you're the only person in the room when we're all together. Or sulked around for days because you turned him down for a dance. Or touched the sleeve of your sweater when he thinks no one's looking-'
'He's never done any of that,' I said. Then, less confidently, 'Has he?”
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message 10: by Claire

Claire My pleasure!


message 9: by Rowe

Rowe Duxeverus Hey Mrs. LaZebnik! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I'm so happy! Thank you again. (: x


message 8: by Amy

Amy No problem :)


Claire Amy wrote: "Thank you so much for the add! Epic Fail has become one of my new favorite books :)"

I'm so glad! Thanks for letting me know.


message 6: by Amy

Amy Thank you so much for the add! Epic Fail has become one of my new favorite books :)


Claire oops, Linda.


Claire Thank you, Lina! I hope you'll read the next book even if it's not a sequel!


message 3: by Linda

Linda I loved the book epic fail you are now officially one of my favorite authors. Its would be amazing if you wrote a sequal to the book ,if you do i guarantee you ill be one of the first people to read it when it comes out.


Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend.


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