cover image The Seemingly Impossible Love Life of Amanda Dean

The Seemingly Impossible Love Life of Amanda Dean

Ann Rose. Berkley, $19 trade paper (368p) ISBN 978-0-593-81595-3

As bisexual painter Amanda “Mandy” Dean’s wedding approaches, disaster after disaster looms in the poignant adult debut from YA author Rose (Breakout). Mandy’s life unfolds in a series of flashbacks that break up the frantic wedding prep, each focusing on her relationship struggles from junior high through adulthood and leaving readers guessing who will be awaiting her at the altar. There’s Brandon, with his dimples and fickle heart; V, with her artistic soul and tendency to cheat; and the single-mindedly focused Edmund. Through all the romantic turmoil, the one constant is Isa, Mandy’s best friend since kindergarten. The pair weather it all together, including family conflicts and broken hearts. Readers are treated to an intimate, vulnerable portrait of a complicated woman who is trying to apply all she’s learned into building a life with someone. The joys of living are laid bare alongside such challenges as coming to recognize that one’s parents are imperfect and fallible. The result is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming. Agent: Eva Scalzo, Speilburg Literary. (Sept.)