Jenna Evans Welch – Love & Luck
First young adult novel Love & Gelato was a surprise success. It spent 8 weeks on the NY Times Bestseller List, sold in more than 18 countries, was a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for best YA Fiction, and was voted by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) as a Top Ten Teen Book of 2017.
New book Love & Luck (out Tuesday, May 8) is a companion novel to Love & Gelato, takes a small character from the first book and expands on her story
A lot of books begin with a question. When I was working on the initial concept for this book, I had this thought: if I was 16 years old, and my parents didn’t know where I was, I had no supervision, and I could go anywhere, where would I go? Love & Luck was my answer to that.
Love & Luck is a road trip story set in Ireland.
It’s about a 16-year-old girl named Addie whose family is in Ireland for her aunt’s televised destination wedding. Addie is carrying a very big secret—a choice that has not only left her heartbroken but now has her completely at odds with her brother Ian. They can barely speak to each other without erupting into a fight. Then there’s a change in travel plans. Addie and Ian end up breaking off from the rest of the group and taking a secret trip across Ireland with Ian’s Irish friend. The story is about Addie trying to mend her heart and their relationship.
It was fun because I actually wrote a book within the book, along the way Addie is reading from this quirky guidebook called Ireland for the Heartbroken: An Unconventional Guide, and stopping to see sites that are supposedly going to mend her heart.
I consider it a huge privilege to write for teens—it offers me a unique window for communication—as I write I’m constantly thinking, what do I wish I could tell teen me? What do I wish all teen girls knew? This book is fun and enjoyable (my early readers have told me it made them laugh and cry), but it tackles some heavy subjects as well, things that today’s teens have to deal with on a regular basis
Kirkus called it “a skillfully rendered exploration of heartbreak, friendship, family, and destiny—and a quick and enjoyable read”
Book release party Tuesday, May 8 at The King’s English Bookshop in SLC at 6:00 PM—signing, Irish treats, music, it is such a charming place and it will be a really fun night!