Book Buzz: Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

"A smart, compassionate love story to and for teens." Booklist



Jubilee has it all together. She's an elite cellist, and when she's not working in her stepmom's indie comic shop, she's prepping for the biggest audition of her life.


Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can't stop disappointing them--that is, when they're even paying attention.


They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can't help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other's throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible . . . unless they manage to keep it a secret.


Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley's anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can't conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?

"Part fresh romance, part honest exploration of the impact of depression and suicidal ideation on individuals and relationships . . . encapsulates an inspiring level of compassion from its flawed, endearing protagonists and an inclusive secondary cast."
Publishers Weekly

Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan

336 Pages

ISBN 9780525516286


Jennifer Dugan is a writer, a geek, and a romantic who writes the kinds of stories she wishes she had growing up. Her debut young adult novel Hot Dog Girl was called "a great fizzy rom-com" by Entertainment Weekly and "one of the best reads of the year, hands down" by Paste Magazine. She is also the writer/creator of two indie comics. She lives in upstate New York with her family, her dogs, and an evil cat that is undoubtedly planning to take over the world.

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