Jen Brooks

Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR | Release date: 4/28/2015 | ISBN: 9781481416603
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romantic Fantasy

About the Book

Imagination takes on new meaning for a uniquely talented teen in this debut novel that is a breathtaking blend of contemporary, fantasy, and romance.

Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.

But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan…and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.

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About the Author

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Jen Brooks taught English to high school students for fourteen years. Herself a competitive hurdler and jumper in high school and college, Jen coached thirty-one seasons of high school cross-country and track and field. Somewhere along the way she earned an MA and MFA in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University. Jen now enjoys running, hiking, gardening, and most of all, traveling. In a World Just Right is her first novel. She lives with her husband and son in Massachusetts.

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“A shining debut. Smart, tender, heartbreaking, triumphant. In a World Just Right is a miracle.” –Julie Berry, author of All the Truth That’s in Me

“Jonathan is the best kind of main character any story could want; he is sympathetic, flawed, and is as surprised as the reader by how events unfold . . . Every piece of the puzzle that is this book slides into the exact right spot, forming a picture-perfect work of fiction.” VOYA (perfect 10, starred review)

“Jonathan is both profoundly sad and profoundly boy in his struggle with what it means to be a good person when your moral compass has been shattered and you are left with the power to be your own god. Readers will find multiple points for empathy and reflection in this intriguing take on what-if.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance combine in a well-paced story that still manages a surprising conclusion . . . A thoughtful story that still feels fresh amid the many other sci-fi/romance combinations out there.” School Library Journal

“Coping with devastating loss and near-death tragedy takes many forms, and, in Brooks’ caring narrative, an appreciation for the rationale for world making is made to feel just right.”Booklist

“Loneliness, choice, forgiveness and heartbreak are all tucked inside this ‘feels-filled’ romance. And it has the very best kind of writing—the kind that touches your heart at the same time it challenges your mind.” Justine magazine