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Late to the Party

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined.

Shes never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. Shes never even been kissed. And its not just because shes gay. Its 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, Codi is
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 wallflowershy 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
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this so so much!
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
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!
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was super excited for this book but honestly, I couldn't have anticipated just how much I would enjoy this! This is a wonderful coming-of-age story that really focuses on all the nuances and complications of friendships. It has a wonderfully sweet sapphic romance, and everything about it - from the way it develops and the obstacles in it - is just so perfect.

I loved the main character, and I could definitely relate to her. She has always been the type of person who has a comfort zone and is
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Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This summer Codi was feeling restless. She was thinking about all the things she had never done, and was itching to gather some new experiences. Though she wholeheartedly loved her two best friends, she felt boxed in by their perception of her, and began keeping secrets from them. Was this the end of a long and storied friendship or would her best friends accept that she was evolving?

Pro: It's so normal to feel like you are outgrowing your life, and I thought Quindlen did an incredible job
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
Meryl Wilsner
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am completely obsessed with this book and will not stop yelling about it. It's quiet, but the stakes feel like the world's ending, because what doesn't when you're a teenager? I love these messy imperfect queer teens
Adrienne Tooley
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read this book in multiple forms, and Ive 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 Codis 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 is
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.
Stephanie Brown
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok I loved this book. It wasnt what I was expecting and Im ok with that. Its a raw coming of age queer book about Codi. She has two
Friends Marizita and JaKory. Its the summer before senior year and the plan to do the same things they do every summer. But Marizita wants to spice things up and go to a party. Codi decides not to go because it isnt in her comfort zone. She wants things to stay the same. When try call her to come get them because they are too drunk to drive she meets Ricky. Things
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
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
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ive been such a huge fan of Kellys since her first self-published book, Her Name in the Sky, and Ive 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 theres a lot of great topics discussed in this book that I havent read a lot in YA, such as co-dependency in friendships. Also, I loved that a majority of the characters are queer. Its the perfect, light-hearted ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Late to the Party was a wonderful read. It is a beautiful story of first love and the turmoils of high school. The whirlwind of excitement, hesitation, and meditations on one's identity comes through her telling of Codi's experience. As her second big novel, Kelly Quindlen's Late to the Party shows the tremendous growth of an up and coming writer. She weaves the complicated relationships of Codi with Maritza and JaKory, with Ricky and the crew, so effortlessly, making me feel for each of them as ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great story of how a teenage learns to deal with stepping outside of her comfort zone. Codi seems to be very complacent for the most part in the beginning of this story with her current life. Shes got two great best friends and knows what she likes. But as she sees her younger brother start to have regular teenage experiences, Codi feels like maybe she's been missing out. After one adventure to a normal high school party, Codi starts trying new things and meeting new people. This is a great ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Once upon a time I was a teenager and trying to figure myself out...this book brought me back to those days. This book is about a 17 year old girl who has recently come out to her friends (and they to her) as they deal with trying to figure out their relationships. This is one of the better books I have read that focuses on this topic and the characters are realistic. I know that it will resonate with some of my students because of the way the author writes about the struggles of teenagers ...more
michelle (magical reads)
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 - 4.5 stars Im deciding

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

full review to come
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
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
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
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
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
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 doesnt matter what your age, background, or sexual orientation is - Im a straight 29-year-old woman and I had butterflies when Codi was with Lydia, and I was equally attached to the other ...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.

Its well-written novel as well. The story transitions organically: conversations and emotions are fleshed out in the characters voice. Again, even through this novel focuses on the
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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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