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From the New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days and How to Love comes a stunning new contemporary novel—all about boy bands, girl bands, best friends, and first love—perfect for fans...
From the New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days and How to Love comes a stunning new contemporary novel—all about boy bands, girl bands, best friends, and first love—perfect for fans...
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  • From the New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days and How to Love comes a stunning new contemporary novel—all about boy bands, girl bands, best friends, and first love—perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson.

    It was always meant to be Olivia. She's the talented one, the one who's been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, is the levelheaded one, always on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on.

    But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who's never sung more than Olivia's backup. Dana, who wasn't even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who's destined to be the next big thing.

    It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there's only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it's her chance at her dream. For Dana, it's a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it's the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

    Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

About the Author-

  • Katie Cotugno is the New York Times bestselling author of Top Ten, Fireworks, 99 Days, and How to Love. She studied writing, literature, and publishing at Emerson College and received her MFA in fiction at Lesley University. Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in Iowa Review, Mississippi Review, and Argestes, among others. She lives in Boston with her husband, Tom.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 1, 2017
    Dana Cartwright lives in the shadow of her talented best friend Olivia until she is unexpectedly chosen to join a new girl group, Daisy Chain, alongside Olivia. Jealousies and tension, romantic and otherwise, grow between the two girls, even as they try to maintain a sense of normalcy. The lack of cohesion onstage and off between the members of Daisy Chain threatens to undermine the band, and when its producer pits Dana and Olivia against each other, their friendship suffers even more. Cotugno (99 Days) follows a mostly predictable script of interpersonal dramas, set against the backdrop of the competitive world of pop stardom. Initially, Dana is the weakest link in Daisy Chain, but hard work and growing self-confidence get her noticed and propel her into the spotlight. As an interest develops between Dana and Alex—the boy Olivia likes—their secret romance further threatens her relationship with Olivia. Olivia’s struggle with an eating disorder aside, Cotugno’s coming-of-age novel mostly keeps it light as it explores the breakdown of friendship and the lure of fame. Ages 13– up. Agency: Alloy Entertainment.

  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2017
    Dana--poor, white, and from a troubled home--knows she has no real prospects for a life outside of her small Georgia town. Dana doesn't mind living in the shadow of her best friend, Olivia, also white. Olivia is the special one, and Dana happily plays the role of supporter and caregiver, talking Olivia out of stage fright and monitoring her eating. When Dana accompanies Olivia to try out for Guy Monroe's new girl group, neither takes it seriously when the white pop mogul himself asks Dana to perform. Both are shocked when they are each offered a place in the four-piece ensemble. When the girls of Daisy Chain move in together in Orlando, tensions quickly mount. Dana, untrained, struggles to keep up with the others, who have been performing since childhood. She tries to avoid the undeniable chemistry igniting between her and Olivia's crush, a member of Guy's boy-band project. Set in the late 1990s, the narrative is well-paced, with authentic dialogue among the racially diverse supporting characters and all-white leads. Dana's honest, self-aware, past-tense narration recounts her navigation of her changing friendship with Olivia, the harsh realities of the music business, and a romance as hot as the midsummer Orlando sun, ultimately finding her own path to success. A compelling portrait of the intimacies of close girl friendships and young love. (Historical fiction. 14-17)

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  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2017

    Gr 8 Up-Growing up in late 1990s Georgia, 17-year-olds Olivia and Dana have been inseparable best friends since childhood. Dana, with an incompetent mother, views Olivia's mom as a welcome surrogate. Ashamed of her ho-hum grades, Dana feels permanently stuck in their ordinary small town. Then, performance-trained Olivia's hope for pop stardom materializes when she heads to Orlando, FL, to audition for a new girl group-with Dana in tow for moral support. Surprisingly, pretty Dana is prompted to audition, too, despite her lack of preparation, and both she and Olivia are selected for a four-girl group. As grueling practices ensue and Dana struggles to progress, she is subjected to mean girl nastiness; she suspects Olivia of anorexic behavior; and boy band member Alex, Olivia's crush, falls for Dana. Dana's believable and likable first-person character, attempting to overcome self-doubt, comfortably meshes with encouraging, sweet, almost-too-good-to-be-true Alex as they embark on a swoon-worthy relationship leading to meaningful, though not graphic, first-time sex. However, Olivia is not as convincing as the sisterly pal who ultimately sells out their friendship for fame, though this plot point makes the inevitable bittersweet ending easier to swallow. Readers still drawn to Rachel Cohn's Pop Princess may overlook the more dated aspects of the book as they discern relatable truths woven into this fast-paced drama about the significance of authentic friendship and romance. VERDICT A general purchase for YA collections, especially those with teens interested in recent historical fiction.-Diane P. Tuccillo, Poudre River Public Library District, CO

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews "A compelling portrait of the intimacies of close girl friendships ...and a romance as hot as the midsummer Orlando sun"
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) "A thrilling, intense read...this book will hook readers."
  • School Library Journal "[A] fast-paced drama about the significance of authentic friendship and romance."
  • School Library Journal Praise for 99 DAYS: "This book will appeal to fans of E. Lockhart's The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks (Hyperion, 2008), offering complex characters, plot twists, and an insightful look at society's double standards."
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for 99 DAYS: "A thought-provoking story...[that] explores the powerful bonds that arise between childhood friends who grow up to discover romance"
  • Kirkus Reviews Praise for 99 DAYS: "Molly's a totally engaging, multi-faceted character...A fascinating story of adolescent love and betrayal."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Praise for 99 DAYS: "A complicated, compelling summer romance...and a whole lot of kissing make[s] this one to stick in the beach bag."
  • Carolyn Mackler, winner of the Printz Honor and bestselling author of THE FUTURE OF US Praise for HOW TO LOVE: "There are those novels, once in a spectacular blue moon, that just feel perfect. HOW TO LOVE is that book. Perfect."
  • Siobhan Vivian, author of THE LIST Praise for HOW TO LOVE: "HOW TO LOVE is epic. I crushed so hard on this book. A roller coaster ride with all the euphoric highs and the stomach-dropping lows of falling in love. The writing is as beautiful as the love story. I adored it!"
  • Entertainment Weekly Praise for HOW TO LOVE: "A vibrant, sparkling narrative of first love and second chances - will remind you that love isn't ever easy, but falling for a great story is."
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for HOW TO LOVE: "[In this] confident debut...it's impossible not to root for the two of them to beat the odds."
  • Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Praise for HOW TO LOVE: "Readers looking for a story of whirlwind passion...and a happily-ever-after drive into the sunset will not be disappointed."

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