Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Goffney, Joya
Joya Goffney

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry -- Joya Goffney

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Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by debut author Joya Goffney is a story of an overly enthusiastic list maker who is blackmailed into completing a to-do list of all her worst fears. It's a heartfelt, tortured, contemporary YA high school romance. Fans of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Kristina Forest's I Wanna Be Where You Are will love the juicy secrets and leap-off-the-page sexual tension.

"A hilarious and swoonworthy story." --Kristina Forest, author of Now That I've Found You

"A fun, emotionally rich romance with a sweet, imperfect character who will win your heart." --Liara Tamani, author of All the Things We Never Knew

Quinn keeps lists of everything--from the days she's ugly cried, to "Things That I Would Never Admit Out Loud" and all the boys she'd like to kiss. Her lists keep her sane. By writing her fears on paper, she never has to face them in real life. That is, until her journal goes missing . . .

Then an anonymous account posts one of her lists on Instagram for the whole school to see and blackmails her into facing seven of her greatest fears, or else her entire journal will go public. Quinn doesn't know who to trust. Desperate, she teams up with Carter Bennett--the last known person to have her journal--in a race against time to track down the blackmailer.

Together, they journey through everything Quinn's been too afraid to face, and along the way, Quinn finds the courage to be honest, to live in the moment, and to fall in love.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Epic Reads Recommended Pick at Target

A Kirkus Children's Best Book of 2021

Author: Joya Goffney
Publisher: Harperteen
Published: 05/04/2021
Pages: 368
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.80w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9780063024793
Age Range: 13-17

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.1
Point Value: 11
Interest Level: Upper Grade
Quiz #/Name: 512715 / Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 03/15/2021 pg. 50
Kirkus Reviews 03/15/2021
School Library Journal 04/01/2021 pg. 128
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 05/01/2021