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Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined.

She’s never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She’s never even been kissed. And it’s not just because she’s gay. It’s because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world.

So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party,
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Roaring Brook Press
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    anna (½ of readsrainbow)
    the mlm/wlw solidarity we need & deserve
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    When I picked up this book, I was not expecting it to make me ache for things I've never done, friends I've never had, and a teenagerhood I never got. Late to the Party is a great queer coming-of-age about self-discovery and friendship and experiencing all the firsts of life. I could relate SO MUCH to Codi, and I found her such a wonderful narrator. She's a typical wallflower—shy and nervous to talk to people, and it was so wonderful to see her open up. I saw so much of myself in her. I have ...more
    Dahlia
    I loved this a lot. RTC.
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    author redemption!!! (her name in the sky is one of my least favourite books ever, but i loved this). i'm too exhausted to write a review now but: i would've given this 5 stars if there weren't constant, cringe popular culture/fandom/gen z references. it almost felt like it was written for me since it was so eerily similar to my own experiences and feelings in high school. ANYWAY, proper review to come soon!

    rep: lesbian mc, wlw li, gay side character (with a mlm li), bisexual Panamanian side
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    Andria
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Like all the best YA, this takes the adult reader back to their teen years and makes them really feel what it's like to be that age and struggling to define yourself and make your way in the world -- the sense of having infinite possibilities open to you but not knowing exactly what your path is.

    The characters are well-drawn, authentic, unabashedly queer, and relatable - even to this cis/het old lady - and contemporary teens will see themselves in these characters even more than I did. Give this
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    AJ
    May 20, 2019 marked it as arc-to-read
    Umm this sounds fantastic!! SO MANY QUEER CHARACTERS!! I NEED IT!!!!
    Adrienne Tooley
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was fortunate enough to read this book in multiple forms, and I’ve loved it since the very beginning. First of all, this book is QUEER. Its teenage characters span the spectrum of sexuality, with honest conversations surrounding those identities. This book is heartfelt, and Codi’s journey is one so many will relate to.

    The friendships are real, authentic, and a little bit messy. The sibling relationship is strong and complicated. Codi is someone you root for and ache for in equal measure.

    This
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    Jessica Gadd (love_my_dane_dolly_)
    Late To The Party is YA story of what it's like to feel like an outsider while trying to gather the courage to put yourself out there and try new things. It's hard being in high school, especially for these three friends who recently all came out to each other. This is a great book that will resonate with many and an important read.
    Audrey
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fiction, young-adult
    While all adolescent bildungsroman are about the struggle to grow, this book is kind of unique in that it is about that struggle directly, with no metaphors, subterfuge, or red herrings. Personal growth is the main conflict of the story and the heroine's direct goal. I found that very refreshing! Coupled with that were varied and well-realized characters; realistic, complicated friendships; and great descriptions of the urgent, anxious, and tender feelings of first romances. The main character ...more
    Jenn
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: own, arc
    Codi is 17 and it's the summer before her senior year. But she's never really done those typical teenager things, instead hanging out with her two best friends while they all lament their lack in the kissing department. But when her friends decide to venture out to a party one night, Codi stays home. However, when they call her to come pick them up, she stumbles across Ricky, kissing another boy in the bushes. They become friends and she ends up with this with other life apart from her best ...more
    Jasmyne
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I’ve been such a huge fan of Kelly’s since her first self-published book, Her Name in the Sky, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting for another book from her. LATE TO THE PARTY did not disappoint!! I loved the characters, the feelings of a hot Atlanta summer, the swoon of the first crush. I think there’s a lot of great topics discussed in this book that I haven’t read a lot in YA, such as co-dependency in friendships. Also, I loved that a majority of the characters are queer. It’s the perfect, ...more
    rae ✌️
    3.5 stars.

    this book basically just crashed though my door and went HEY REMEMBER ALL OF THAT INSECURITY YOU HAD IN HIGH SCHOOL? HOW ABOUT I BRING IT BACK. rude.

    full rtc!
    michelle (magical reads)
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    4.25 - 4.5 stars I’m deciding

    this was so good and really captured that desire to fulfill that teenage ideation without glorifying it…also very gay I love this song

    full review to come
    Kathleen
    Feb 21, 2020 added it
    Shelves: arc-galley, 2020
    Queer content: MC is a lesbian, her best friends are bi and gay, f/f relationship(s), m/m relationship(s)
    Maria Ortiz
    Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Reading this book felt like coming home. An all too familiar story of growing up, realizing who you are and who you love, and trying your best to just make sense of it all. When you first encounter Codi and her group of friends, you feel the familiarity of those moments that they are going through. No matter who you are or where you're from, having friendships that go through rough times, falling in love for the first time, making new cooler (or so we think) friends, and experiencing life's ...more
    Sacha
    Jan 01, 2020 added it
    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this extremely cute ARC. I'll post a review upon publication.
    Michele Super
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Kelly Quindlen did it again!! As a writer she paints a vivid picture of multi-demensional characters whom you genuinely like and relate to and therefore can't wait see what they're thinking and going to do next!
    Late to the Party is a coming of age story of friendship, first love, identities and insecuities. But most of all, it's about the strength and bravery that's in all of us and sometimes needs to be revealed with a little help from our friends. It is a book for everyone! Whether you are
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    Heather
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved every second of this fantastic, overtly queer coming of age story. It's full of small moments that feel big -- intimate conversations in cars, slight touches of a knee, texts to a new friend. While this novel covers a lot of ground (anxiety, first crushes, coming out), at the core of it is friendship. How do you handle the thrill of new friends while wondering if you've outgrown the old friends you love the most? How do you decide what parts of your life to let your friends in on and ...more
    Sarah
    Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Late to the Party is another fantastic novel by Kelly Quindlen.

    Codi Teller finds herself hurtling towards adulthood feeling as though she'd never actually done anything. She just spends time watching Netflix with her best friends, Maritza and JaKory, and, even when they suggest crashing a party together, she has some pretty big reservations about how they're going to fit in with all of the cool, straight kids. But, in a moment of dissatisfaction, Codi decides that she's going to go to the party
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    Jennifer
    Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    Truly, does anyone write young sapphic love like Kelly Quindlen?

    I could write a little blurb about the plot of this book but it wouldn't capture how visceral it actually feels: it's like swimming in the rain, top-of-the roller-coaster, midnight road-trips, water color portraits, and dark theater hand-holding. I read half of it without breathing. It's a story of young love (and that's there in spades) but it's even more about friendship: the versions of ourselves we build together and the pieces
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    Kim Ruane
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The best part of this book is the visceral feelings it brings out about being young, excited, insecure, alive, anxious, and just an all-around high school kid trying to keep their head above water. And these love stories and friendship stories within the book are so heartwarming and excitement-inducing that it doesn’t matter what your age, background, or sexual orientation is - I’m a straight 29-year-old woman and I had butterflies when Codi was with Lydia, and I was equally attached to the ...more
    Marquise Thomas
    Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Each of the characters has their own issues which we get to see and flesh out throughout the book. Even as the protagonist is trying to figure out her own issues, these secondary stories are never far behind. It adds a nostalgia for the days where I would get with my core group of friends, and be open and vulnerable.

    It’s well-written novel as well. The story transitions organically: conversations and emotions are fleshed out in the character’s voice. Again, even through this novel focuses on
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    Rima
    Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Kelly Quindlen has a clear, vivid writing style that really breathes life into her stories, and this one is no exception. Late to the Party is a wonderful read, full of colourful and vibrant, multi-dimensional characters whom you can't help but relate to, even I did and I've had a vastly different experience from someone who'd be a high schooler in the USA.

    Hannah's story resonated wildly with me when I first read Her Name In The Sky, because I was barely out to myself and figuring myself out and
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    Elise
    Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This story is applicable to every teenager who ever felt awkward or left out or lonely...and thus it is applicable to everyone. The characters in Late to the Party have such real and honest emotions that I felt instantly transported back to those super frustrating years of not knowing who you should be or what you should do, all while gaining a meaningful and powerful perspective on the difficult/complicated emotions and situations you encounter as a high school student. I can't recommend this ...more
    Mayci Rechner
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    “Late to the Party” is an ode to the cautious teenager, the rule follower, and the beauty that comes when you step outside your comfort zone.

    As (formerly) one of those teens, it was refreshing to see this version of myself reflected in literature and it will resonate with teens who may feel they aren’t what a typical “teenager” is supposed to be. Quindlen’s characters are authentic, believable, and will likely remind you of your own friends.

    This book will give you the courage to try new
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    Emily Tobia
    Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a great story told by Kelly Quindlen! Late to the Party took me right back to my high school years - the uncertainty, insecurity, pressures to be part of the “cool crowd”. The main character, Codi, embarks on these new adventures, at first, timidly, but as the story progresses, we see her becoming a strong and vibrant lead. She reminds us that it’s never too late to work and grow into the person we wish to be. I loved reading my way through her self discovery. Doesn’t hurt that Quindlen’s ...more
    Meaghan Quindlen
    Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Late to the Party was an incredible coming-of-age story. The main characters - Cody, JaKory, Maritza and Ricky - each helped capture the combined feelings of adventure and opportunity, but also self doubt and self discovery. LTTP reminds us that no matter who you are, if you're "popular" or an outsider, everyone's going through something and trying to figure out how to make it all work. For teens, it's a comforting story of the power of friendship, acceptance, and resilience; for adults, it will ...more
    Alex Logan
    Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Late to the Party is a journey that you want to go on. I could not put it down! I was accompanying each character on their own journey and had to know how it would end.

    Its voice is authentic. It speaks to the human experience of being a teenager and “growing up.” It makes you reflect on, and nostalgic for, those days and it reminds you how your friendships change and shape you. It will speak to you. Read it. It’s worth it. You will thank yourself for it.
    Chris Hanson
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A wonderfully enjoyable read - certainly a nostalgic trip to the time of being a teen full of angst, self-doubt, and uncertainty, but also a call-to-action to both keep getting outside of your own comfort zone [and off of Netflix (:] at any age and a reminder that empathy is one of our greatest strengths as human beings. Beautifully crafted with laughter, emotion, and love - couldn't recommend this read more and hats off to Kelly Quindlen!
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    Kelly wrote her first story, a gripping tale about the Easter Bunny, when she was six years old. Her traditional debut, Late to the Party, releases April 21, 2020, from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. She is also the author of the self-published novel Her Name in the Sky, which was featured on BuzzFeed, Bustle, and AfterEllen.

    Kelly graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in English
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