cover image Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things

Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things

Maya Prasad. Disney-Hyperion, $17.99 (464p) ISBN 978-1-368-07580-0

Sixteen-year-old Rani and her three sisters—her twin, Avani; 17-year-old Nidhi; and 15-year-old Sirisha—live at their father’s Pacific Northwest bed and breakfast, the Songbird Inn, voted America’s Most Romantic Inn. Despite its moniker, however, each sibling has been having a rough go at relationships. Hopeless romantic Rani dreams of experiencing an epic love story, and often pictures her life as a Bollywood film. She crushes hard on both athletic Leo and wealthy Vikram, imagining grand futures with them while constantly thinking about Raj, who broke her heart. Type A Nidhi, meanwhile, is planning a visit to Paris with her boyfriend, Matt, but her feelings for him are put into question upon meeting attractive construction worker Grayson. Sporty Avani is steadfastly avoiding Fernando, the boy she accidentally stood up, and shy photographer Sirisha is struggling to find the courage to talk to pretty girls, even though she desperately wants to get to know Brie, part of a theater group that stops by the inn. Debut author Prasad ambitiously blends myriad romantic tropes throughout this jam-packed rom-com in which the sisters’ heartfelt relationship and earnest support of one another sparkles brightest. Ages 12–up. Agent: Penny Moore, Aevitas Creative Management. (Oct.)