In my YA debut, A MESSY,
BEAUTIFUL LIFE, Ellie and Jason are improv comedians who become friends when
their improv groups join forces to enter a sketch comedy contest. Laughing and
being absurd together—while heartache unfolds around them—pushes them closer,
and they have to decide if it's worth the risk to take their friendship to the
Since I ended up marrying my best friend in real life, I'm totally biased as to
whether it's worth the risk to fall in love with a friend. Here are my top five
Sometimes your first love is your last…
Life is funny
And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a
hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then
found out I had cancer.
I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my
And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that hot
guy, even though he seems to want so much more. But I
won’t do that to him. He’s been through this before with
his family, and I’m not going to let him watch me die.
So, I tell myself:
Smile Ellie. Be funny Ellie. Don’t cry
Ellie, because once I start, I might not stop.
[Entangled Teen, On Sale: October 2, 2017, Paperback /
e-Book, ISBN: 9781640633544 / eISBN: 9781640633544]
Nothing stands in the way of true love.
Sara Jade Alan wrote her first comedy sketch during second grade recess, then
cast it, directed it, and made costumes out of garbage bags. Since then, she has
performed in over a thousand improvised and scripted shows all over the country.
Currently she is one-half of the comedy duo, The Novelistas, who perform about
writing and teach performance to writers. Originally from a suburb of Chicago,
Sara now lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter.
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