Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jennifer Echols, author of PERFECT COUPLE, on being inspired by high school experiences

What was your inspiration for writing PERFECT COUPLE?

When I was a senior in high school, we had a "who's who" election like this. I wanted to be selected Most Talented or something similar because I had already dipped a toe into painting, writing music, and writing short stories at that point. Instead, I was elected Most Academic. I was half expecting this because I did make good grades, and my brother had been valedictorian two years before...but I was disappointed that my classmates basically saw me as Most Nerdbait (in my own mind, anyway). I was also elected Most Likely to Succeed, which I was not expecting at all. I did not feel the least bit successful, so my classmates were seeing something that I didn't recognize in myself.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

PERFECT COUPLE is #2 in the Superlatives series. If readers like this book, I think they'll enjoy BIGGEST FLIRTS (Superlatives #1), about Harper's friends Tia and Will, and MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED, about Harper's friend Kaye and the class bad boy, Sawyer. I've also written lots of other YA romances that readers can browse on my website,

What are you working on now?

I've just turned in a proposal for a new YA romantic comedy. Cross your fingers for me! Now I'm working on a proposal for a darker YA. You can check my website, Facebook or Twitter for--I hope--my good news!


Perfect Couple
by Jennifer Echols
Simon Pulse
Released 1/13/2015

In this second book in The Superlatives trilogy from Endless Summer author Jennifer Echols, Harper and Brody think they’re an unlikely match—but the senior class says they belong together.

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents’ bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He’s confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together—first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they’re attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating well. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But they feel so changed from making the effort, they can’t forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?

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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama--a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers' Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers' Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers' Best Award. Her novel GOING TOO FAR was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more of her teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.


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