Sona Charaipotra-Symptoms of a Heartbreak

Sona Charaipotra

Bio

Sona Charaipotra is not a doctor—much to her pediatrician parents’ chagrin. She has worked as a celebrity reporter at People and TeenPeople and has contributed to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. She uses her Masters in screenwriting from NYU and her MFA in creative writing from the New School to poke plot holes in her favorite teen TV shows—for work, of course. She is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, and the co-author of the YA dance dramas Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces, as well as the psychological thriller The Rumor Game. She is a proud We Need Diverse Books team member. Find her on the web or on Twitter.

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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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Symptoms of a Heartbreak

The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds—and falls head over heels—in the contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.

Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius—but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier.

But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.

It turns out “heartbreak” is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.

In her solo debut, Sona Charaipotra brings us a compelling #ownvoices protagonist who’s not afraid to chase what she wants. Symptoms of a Heartbreak goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for young adult readers needing an infusion of something heartfelt.

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