I've always felt so grateful to the authors that take the time to connect with me through social media. In my mind, I'd always thought they were on an unattainable level. In this event, I want to get to know the authors; to see them for the people they are and not just as creators of your favorite book.
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2. I also kept a journal of my own stories, and one day, I discovered someone had drawn a picture on one of the pages. I was about ten years old at the time. I still remember how exposed I felt, knowing that someone (I still don’t know who) had read my secret writing.
3. My style in middle school: Umbro athletic shorts, oversized t-shirt featuring a wolf’s face, white Nike sneakers, glasses smudged with dirt.
4. I read THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER when I was fifteen or sixteen, and I wanted Charlie to be real so badly that I literally cried about it.
5. In high school, I kissed exactly zero people. But I did spend about ninety-nine percent of my time daydreaming about kissing.
6. In college, my friends and I went through the obligatory phase of semi-ironically watching the entire canon of Olsen twins movies. My proudest moment was probably when I explained to the Blockbuster employee that Winning London was stuck in my VCR…but I still needed to rent Passport to Paris.
7. I have seen the movie Wet Hot American Summer approximately fifty million times, and I can still quote giant sections of dialogue.
8. One of my favorite places in the world is Glen Echo Park, outside Washington D.C. I had my wedding there!
9. The vast majority of the characters in my books are given names I love that I couldn’t use for my kids. The main character of my work-in-progress is named after my grandmothers.
10. I still can’t believe SIMON is a real book. I can’t even wrap my head around it. This is a story about a kid with my birthday, who loves everything I love and lives in a thinly veiled version of my hometown. I will never stop being amazed that this person I made up lives in other people’s heads now, too.
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Becky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives with her family in Atlanta.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is her first novel
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