Lily Kessinger at Clarion has acquired an untitled book by Molly Horan (Epically Earnest), a contemporary YA novel in which 17-year-old Mia accidentally finds herself at the center of her classmates’ drama when her role as the theater club’s unofficial counselor goes public and her advice on life and love becomes a hot commodity, to mixed results. Publication is scheduled for fall 2024; Laura Crockett at Triada US negotiated the deal for world rights.
As you can see, this is not Molly’s first book nor is it her first with Triada––but it is our first together! Molly’s agent last year was Elle Thompson, and when Elle left to pursue a career in law (we’re all rooting for her!) I offered to represent Molly’s incredibly voicey YA. I feel very lucky to work with her!
And boy is this next book full of voice and humor and wit and character (and ace rep!)! Molly’s writing is so snappy and thoughtful and well-paced. I found myself laughing out loud in the opening chapters and nodding along. Swap the drama department for the music department (artsy kids, am I right?), and it’s like being back in high school. There’s a great undercurrent of raw teen emotion…I honestly feel like I’m sixteen again when I read her writing. I feel like I’m Mia.
Keep your eyes peeled for a cover and title reveal!
Congrats, Molly! A second novel is on its way to publication!