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Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper's dream her whole life, and now that...
Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper's dream her whole life, and now that...
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  • Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper's dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she's never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper's sister's tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper's art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power when it means giving up so much? Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this dynamic, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she's missing any one of these things?

About the Author-

  • Kayla Cagan is a writer and playwright. She received her BFA in Theater from Stephen F. Austin University. She lives in Los Angeles. This is her first book.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 27, 2017
    Debut author Cagan has created a lively and memorable protagonist in Piper Perish, a young artist full of angst, joy, hope, and creativity. Piper has long dreamed of getting out of Houston, her hometown, to attend a competitive arts conservatory in New York City with her best friend, Kit, and boyfriend, Enzo. Cagan upends Piper’s world throughout the novel, first when Enzo breaks up with Piper by revealing he’s gay, in spectacularly public fashion. Even as Piper reels from Enzo’s announcement, she wants to support him. Soon Piper is dealing with more crises—her difficult older sister is pregnant, and Kit and Piper’s friendship is tested when their New York plans fall apart. Throughout these challenges, Piper’s art sustains and centers her, as does inspiration in the form of quotations from famous artists (especially Andy Warhol) and encouragement from her art teacher. The first-person, diary-style narrative is candid and thoughtful; readers will be sad to let go of Piper but eager to see what Cagan does next. Ages 12–up. Agent: John Cusick, Folio Literary Management.

  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2017
    Piper Perish and her two best friends have always planned to go to art school in New York together after graduation, but now that senior year is here, nothing is coming together as envisioned. White Italian-American fashion designer Enzo, Piper's boyfriend, reveals his true sexual identity, leaving their friendship intact but fractured. African-American Kit, a budding entrepreneur, endures setbacks that make her question whether there is a role for her in the art world, bringing tension to her relationship with Piper, a white Texas teen who is uniquely talented in the visual arts. The most disruptive surprise comes when Piper's emotionally unstable older sister, Marli, moves back home, pregnant. Marli seems to suffer from an undisclosed personality disorder, and her presence puts the whole family on edge. It also creates an unanticipated financial burden that throws the feasibility of art school in New York into question for Piper. Though there are many obstacles, Piper's staccato first-person narrative is characterized by levity and hope, keeping it from feeling heavy. Piper's goal to get to New York is a balanced blend of youthful optimism and pragmatism. Amid all the chaos, she is truly an artist, with an insatiable need to create. In the interplay between adolescence and independence, a believable combination of talent, work, and luck make budding young artist Piper a character readers will remember. (Fiction. 14-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2017

    Gr 9 Up-High school senior Piper Perish is an art monster. She and her two best friends, Kit and Enzo, find opportunities to embrace their artistic talents in just about any situation, especially when it comes to designing their own outfits. But when their collective plan to attend art school in New York City starts to fall apart, Piper must come to terms with not only her friendships but also her chaotic family life. Although the book takes place in Houston, the setting could really be anywhere-America, as Piper and crew mainly shuttle back and forth among school, one another's houses, and a local diner. Written in Piper's voice, the novel is in journal format, which results in an easy reading experience; however, entire scenes of dialogue are recorded word-for-word, making this title closer in style to Samuel Richardson's classic Pamela than Laura Amy Schlitz's The Hired Girl. Piper's email correspondence with Silas (a student already enrolled in art school) is a bright point in the narrative. Though few and far between, Silas's contributions manage to sketch out, in one case literally, New York City and college life in a way that is alluring and realistic, and his voice is a refreshing contrast to Piper's often tiresome naivete "I asked Mom if we were low-income."

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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