by Keating, Lucy

From the author of Dreamology comes a young adult love story that blurs the line between reality and fiction…

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.

It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. 

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word? 

The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut novel, which School Library Journal called “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”

Short, sweet, and brazenly meta, Keating's (Dreamology, 2016) sophomore novel finds perfectionist Annabelle (or AB) wondering what has happened to the sublime life she's always known on Venice Beach. Her parents are unexpectedly divorcing and selling the House, her beloved and picturesque childhood home. Things aren't all bad, though: new student Will shows up halfway through their senior year of high school and seems to be made for her. They have everything in common, and he always says exactly the right swoonworthy thing. But when class guest-speaker Lucy Keating reveals that AB is the protagonist in her new novel, AB is not content to have someone else write her life . . . literally. Cleverly and at times hilariously playing with YA romance tropes and its own self-awareness, Literally has its characters secretly conspiring against their author in bathrooms: "The one place a writer never writes about." It is a quirky little love story that might end a bit predictably but takes an avant-garde route on the way there. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Annabelle is in total control of her life. She knows who she is and where she's going….Until author Lucy Keating speaks to Annabelle's creative writing class and describes her new book, which doesn't just resemble Annabelle's life—it is Annabelle's life, and the 17-year-old white girl is the main character. When Keating writes olive-skinned Hawaiian love interest Will into the story to shake things up with a love triangle, Annabelle finds herself pulled toward a boy she doesn't want. Although he's perfect—literally made for her—she's in love with her longtime friend Elliot, a white boy with a history of serial girlfriends. Keating thwarts Annabelle's every attempt to change her story. There's only one thing to do: confront Keating and demand to be allowed to write her own story. Freed from Lucy's pen, Annabelle discovers writing her own life isn't easy, but it's worth it. Initially, the self-referentiality feels like a forced attempt at metafictive cle verness; however, as the story progresses, characters criticize tropes such as the love triangle, the one-dimensional best friend, and that lightning-sparked first meeting between young lovers. Keating's storyline in the novel feels like wish fulfillment, and perhaps it is: her fictional counterpart has dozens of bestselling novels to her name, many of which have been adapted to film. This festival of metafictive fun should particularly appeal to budding novelists. (Fiction. 13-18) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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