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ABA Winter Institute

This week I had the absolute pleasure of attending the American Booksellers Association Winter Institute in Memphis, TN! Alongside my fellow Scholastic authors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney, Kheryn Callender, Brian Selznick, and Sayantani DasGupta, I was given the opportunity to present AND SHE WAS to a huge room filled with independent booksellers from across the United States. Special thanks to Nichole Cousins, a bookseller from White Birch Books in New Hampshire, for her amazing, heartfelt introduction!

Kirkus Reviews Calls AND SHE WAS “A Triumph”!

When you send a book out into the world, you never know how it’s going to be received. Readers and reviewers may love it, hate it, or—perhaps the worst possibility of all—forget about it immediately after reading it.

I’m thrilled that (the notoriously hard-to-please) Kirkus Reviews loved AND SHE WAS—so much so that they gave it a starred review! ⭐️ Thank you so much, Kirkus, for “getting” the book! Read the full review here, or check out the screenshot below:

Picture Book News!

I am SO THRILLED to announce that my debut picture book, co-written with the amazing Rachel Lyons, will be published by FSG Books for Young Readers! When Rachel’s son came out as transgender, their family discovered there were NO picture books for children about trans boys. We set out to fix that. I’m so honored to be a part of this important project.

Here’s the announcement from Publishers Weekly:

Can’t wait to share illustrator news! 🙂

New Book Title!

After a whole lot of brainstorming and discussion with the amazing folks at Scholastic, we’ve finally landed on the perfect title for my upcoming novel. It’s called… AND SHE WAS.

This is actually the name of my favorite Talking Heads song, and I think it encapsulates Dara and Mellie’s story just right, and in so many ways. I love it!

I should have a cover to share soon, but in the meantime, here’s “And She Was” by the Talking Heads. 🙂

Rock the Vote 2016

The YA community is getting together to share their “first time voting” stories for Rock the Vote! Check out my story below, and be sure to visit RockTheVote.com and follow #FirstVote16 for more info on how to register to vote!

New book news!

I’m absolutely thrilled to announce my new book deal with Scholastic! We’re still working on finding the perfect title, but I do know it will hit shelves in 2018, and I can’t wait! Check out the announcement from Publishers Weekly, and stay tuned for more!


Deal announcement

Giveaway Time!!!

What You Left BehindHappy holidays, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season, getting your menorah candles ready or Christmas tree decorated or Festivus pole set up, or doing some Winter Solstice reflection. 🙂

TODAY ONLY, December 5th, my newest book, What You Left Behind, is $1.99 across all e-book platforms. The book is today’s BookBub YA deal, and in an effort to get the word out, I’m holding a giveaway! I’ll be giving TWO winners a signed HARDCOVER copy of What You Left Behind, as well signed paperbacks of both The Summer I Wasn’t Me and My Life After Now. And this giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! 

To enter, all you have to do is tweet/retweet or Instagram/re-gram about the promotion, with a link to BookBub or direct to a retailer! (Don’t forget to tag me—@jessverdi—so I see it.) Winners will be chosen Sunday, December 6th.

Here are some sample tweets: 

The eBook of WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND by @JessVerdi is $1.99 TODAY ONLY! Treat yo’self. Romance + tear jerker + boy POV! https://www.bookbub.com/books/what-you-left-behind-by-jessica-verdi

The eBook of WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND by @JessVerdi is $1.99 TODAY ONLY! Plus, retweet to enter international giveaway! https://www.bookbub.com/books/what-you-left-behind-by-jessica-verdi

If you decide to write your own tweet, here are some links, so you don’t have to go searching:



Barnes and Noble

Google Play


Thanks, guys! And good luck! xoxo

Pretty Darn Cool

Tegan and Sara, one of my favorite bands, read The Summer I Wasn’t Me and Instagrammed about it! So cool!!!

Tegan and Sara Instagram


I’m so happy to be able to post the first author blurb for What You Left Behind — and it’s a terrific one!

“Ryden’s story is a moving illustration of how sometimes you have to let go of the life you planned to embrace the life you’ve been given. A strong, character-driven story that teen readers will love.” — Carrie Arcos, National Book Award Finalist for Out of Reach

Thank you so much, Carrie!! 🙂

Also, What You Left Behind is officially up for pre-order. Yippee! So soon now!

Cover Reveal for WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND!!!

Barnes and Noble’s awesome book blog hosted the cover reveal for my new book WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND last week, and I’m SO excited! The cover is gorgeous, and I got so many positive responses from TAL (Twitterers At Large). I can’t wait for this book to be out in the world—only 6 more months!

So here it is! What do you think?

What You Left Behind

























For the full cover reveal and my own personal thoughts/reactions to the cover, click here!


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