Every Last Word

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New York Times Best Seller
2015 Cybils Young Adult Fiction Award Winner
2015 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Winner
2015 Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fiction Semifinalist
2016 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Winner
2015 Northern California Book Award Nominee
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If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to the Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Available now from Hyperion Teens

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Clueless meets Dead Poets Society with a whopping final twist.” — Kirkus Reviews

“A thoughtful romance with a strong message about self-acceptance… Eminently readable.”Booklist

“Very real… Will keep readers on the edge of their seats.” – Publishers Weekly

“This is such a gem in contemporary Young Adult literature; I urge you to pick it up and read it. Every last word.” — Everyday eBook

“This tender novel shows how powerful and helpful the brain can be under stress without being clinical or detached. This book is highly recommended.” VOYA Magazine

“A riveting story of love, true friendship, self-doubt and self-confidence, overcoming obstacles, and truly finding oneself. Sam’s story is so needed for all teens battling demons and overcoming them by confronting them head on.” — Melanie Koss, Professor of YA Literature, Northern Illinois University

“A brilliant and moving story about finding your voice, the power of words, and true friendship. I couldn’t put it down until every last word was devoured.” — Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club and We Can Work It Out

“Poignant and engaging… from the first page to the last. A story of transcendence and the power of the human spirit.” — Dr. Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D

“I will share this book with my clients who suffer from OCD and even those who don’t. Samantha is a wonderful character. Every Last Word is an amazing read.” — Karen Blesius Rhodes, LCSW

“Romantic, unpredictable, relatable, and so very enjoyable. This important story must be made into a movie.” — Arnold Shapiro, Oscar & Emmy-winning Producer

“Every Last Word is brilliant, brave, and beautiful. I can’t wait for my readers to get their hands on this book. They’ll fall in love, just like I did.” — Kathleen Caldwell, A Great Good Place for Books


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Time Between Us (Book 1)

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Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction.

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“A beautifully written, unique love story.” — Melissa Marr, New York Times best-selling author of The Wicked Lovely series 

“A warm, time-bending romance. . . [that] will have readers rooting for the couple that keeps daring fate.”  — Publishers Weekly

“The story will hold readers with its twists and turns, present and future; its love, sadness, and anger; and especially, its surprising secrets.” — Booklist 

“A smart, thoughtful story with plenty of sigh-worthy moments, this novel is the perfect choice for readers who want a romance that leaves them with something to think about when it’s over.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Time Between Us is the very best kind of love story–heart-pounding, intense, and unputdownable!” — Elizabeth Scott, author of Bloom and Perfect You

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Time After Time (Book 2)

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Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?

Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us‘s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.


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“One of the best sequels I’ve read! Tamara Ireland Stone gives readers a smart love story with intelligent characters. . . Bittersweet, funny and heart-achingly romantic, Time After Time pulls at your heart-strings, ties them up in knots and reminds us that true love really does stand the test of time.”Young Adult Books Central

“The plot marches along at a good pace and those who like romance/adventure stories will want to find out if Anna and Bennett end up together. With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and movies like About Time (2013) at the box office, the time-travel theme gives this book plenty of pop-culture cachet.” — School Library Journal

“Perfect! Wonderful! Delightful! Both books in this series were a fresh take on the time traveler story and were remarkably good reads.” — Hastings High School Library, Dallas, TX

“If you are a crazy romance fan, this is definitely the book for you.” — The Guardian

“Anna and Bennett have a true long distance relationship! I’d give it to:  Everyone who likes time travel and romance novels.  Both of these books are moving reads.” — Plano Texas Public Library

Time After Time is a smart romantic series that’s perfect for realistic fiction fans who want to branch out and read something a little more fantastic.” – Arlington Public Library

“I had been in a sort of reading slump lately, and this was just the book I needed to bring me out of it! I flew through it and finished it in a day, which is rare for me. If you’re looking for a satisfying, emotional love story with a time-travel twist, look no further than Time After Time!” — Public Librarian, Indiana

“So many sequels fall flat or completely lose the tone of the first book, but [Time After Time] is an awesome sequel to Time Between Us.” —  The Caffeinated Librarian




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There are few authors that touch us on a level that we can’t explain. The beauty,
the simplicity,
the way that they are able to string words together touch our hearts
in ways that few writers do. Stone is one of those authors. Her writing is beautiful…
she makes you understand and wish for more in life.” — Fangirlish

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Published in the U.S. and Canada by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group.