By Emily O'Beirn
Genre: YA/NA LGBT
Nineteen-year-old Claire Pearson knows she needs a life. And some new friends. But brittle, beautiful, and just a little bit too sassy for her own good sometimes, she no longer makes friends easily. And she has no clue where to start on the whole finding a life front, either. Not after a confidence-shattering year dogged by bad break-ups, friends who have become strangers, and her constant failure to meet her parents sky-high expectations.
When Robbie and Mia walk into Claire’s work they seem the least likely people to help her find a life. But despite Claire’s initial attempts to alienate them, an unexpected new friendship develops.
And it’s the warm, brilliant Mia who seems to get Claire like no one has before. Soon, Claire begins to question her feelings for her new friend.
A Story of Now was amazing! As a teenager myself I loved reading this story about another young woman trying to find herself. This book included a lot of laughs, mostly because I could see myself reacting and responding just like Claire would. The bond between Claire, Nina, Robbie and Mia was great. I always enjoy stories with the character meeting new friends. I just find it more relatable. I admired the bond between Mia and Claire and feel it brings out everyone's inner fangirl and fanboy. Great job Emily O'Beirn! Five stars to a fellow Emily.
Thirteen-year-old Emily woke up one morning with a sudden itch to write her first novel. All day, she sat through her classes, feverishly scribbling away (her rare silence probably a cherished respite for her teachers). And by the time the last bell rang, she had penned fifteen handwritten pages of angsty drivel, replete with blood-red sunsets, moody saxophone music playing somewhere far off in the night, and abandoned whiskey bottles rolling across tables. Needless to say, that singular literary accomplishment is buried in a box somewhere, ready for her later amusement.
From Melbourne, Australia, Emily was recently granted her PhD. She works part-time in academia, where she hates marking papers but loves working with her students. She also loves where she lives but travels as much as possible and tends to harbour crushes.
The author is giving away 10 digital copies of A Story of Now!