The Holloway Girls
A kiss from a Holloway girl is supposed to be good luck. But for sixteen-year-old Remy, the kissing season turns out to be a curse.
During the kissing season, the teenagers in Talus, North Carolina, a small town nestled in the mountains and known for its spectacular waterfalls, vie for a luck-filled kiss from a Holloway girl. Or so it had been for all the Holloway girls before. But at the start of Remy’s kissing season, the boy she kisses almost dies after jumping from the top of Firelight Falls. And rumors fly that she cursed him.
Desperate to find a way to fix him, Remy tries every curse-breaking idea she finds online to no avail. Her family’s Book of Luck that chronicles the kisses and resulting good luck of every Holloway girl just as useless. Now, she’s determined to her lips to herself until her magic fades. Too bad there’s a new boy in town who makes it hard to keep her thoughts off what it would be like to kiss him. But if she can’t figure out how to break the curse and redefine what kind of girl wants to be, she’ll be the worst Holloway girl in history.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: 2022
"[A] lush tale, full of dramatic moments and themes of sisterhood... Recommend this slow-burning story to readers who enjoy drama and complicated relationships" ― Booklist
"Crispell's (The Secret Ingredient of Wishes, for adults) YA debut handily encapsulates first love's heady drama with a fanciful premise" ― Publishers Weekly
"Characters were nicely developed and it was generally well written. It was easy to empathize with most of the main characters. [Recommended for] Twilight Saga readers" ― Youth Services Book Review
"An entertaining and drama-filled tale." ― Kirkus
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Susan Bishop Crispell earned a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Born and raised in the mountains of Tennessee, she now lives twenty minutes from the beach in North Carolina with her husband and their two cats. She is very fond of chocolate and is always on the lookout for hints of magic in the real world. She is the author of The Secret Ingredient of Wishes (September 2016) and Dreaming in Chocolate (February 2018), which was selected as a SIBA Okra pick Winter 2018, and the upcoming young adult novel The Holloway Girls (Spring 2022).
Tags: YA, Contemporary, Magical Realism, Romance