Lauren Morrill-Better Than The Best Plan

Lauren Morrill

Bio

Lauren Morrill is the author of five YA novels. A graduate of Indiana University, she has worked as a cashier at Target; a khaki-folder and greeter at the Gap; a balloon-animal-making, face-painting clown; a receptionist at a real estate agency; and a curatorial assistant at the world’s largest children’s museum. She has also held many jobs in higher education, from admissions to residence life and back again. She is now proud to call herself an Author―with a capital A. Lauren lives in Macon, Georgia, with her husband, Adam (a journalism professor), and their two sons. Her books include Meant to Be, Being Sloane Jacobs, The Trouble With Destiny and My Unscripted Life.

Sessions

Three Little Words

Fans of Rom-Com will fall head over heels for three stories of young women navigating life and love. In Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra, Doogie Howser meets Fault in Their Stars when a teen doctor develops feelings for a boy she is treating. A girl with a fear of the ocean falls for a boy with a boat in Nina Moreno's debut Don't Date Rosa Santos. Lauren Morrill's Better Than the Best Plan tells the story of a teen in foster care falling for the boy next door while finding family.


Moderator Mayra Cuevas

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mayra Cuevas is a professional journalist and fiction writer who prefers love stories with a happy ending. Her debut fiction short story was selected by author Becky Albertalli to appear in the Foreshadow YA serial anthology in 2019. She is currently a special projects producer for CNN. She keeps her sanity by practicing Buddhist meditation and serving on the Board of Directors of Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia. She lives with her husband, also a CNN journalist, and their cat, in the charming town of Norcross, Ga. Mayra Cuevas’s YA #OwnVoices debut SALTY, BITTER, SWEET will release on March 2020.

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Better Than The Best Plan

Plans are made to be broken.

It’s the last day of junior year, and seventeen-year-old Ritzy—short for Maritza—is pretty sure she has a great plan. Summer job—check. Hang with friends at the beach—check. Keep looking after herself as she’s been doing since her mom bailed to follow her bliss—check. Or no check?

After someone reports that Ritzy is living alone, a social worker shows up and puts her into foster care. That’s surprise enough. But there are more surprises in store, and not all are unpleasant. Like the cute, friendly boy next door.

When Ritzy’s old life catches up with her new one, she has some tough decisions to make. Can she plan for the worst, but still hope for the best?

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