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Publisher's Summary

From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, and what it means to be a real teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere.

Seventeen is nothing like Codi Teller imagined.

She’s never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She’s never even been kissed. And it’s not just because she’s gay. It’s because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world.

So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties aren’t for kids like them. They’re for cool kids. Straight kids.

But then, Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia. The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it. 

A Macmillan Audio production from Roaring Brook Press

©2020 Kelly Quindlen (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Awesome read!

I adored this book so much. Wish I had it when I was younger! The story was amazing the reader was awesome and made it really easy to blitz through it in just a couple days! 10/10 would recommend!

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  • B.N. Smith
  • 2020-05-13

Coming-of-age glory

This book managed to be a queer coming-of-age story without it being a coming out story. It had a truly introspective plotline but also the f/f pairing that many (like myself) are looking for. As a 24 year old woman, I wish I had this book when I was in high school.

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  • Renae McBrian
  • 2020-05-22

So cute and fluffy!

I loved this book. it was adorable and had the right ups and downs and pulled me through!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-10

I liked it

this book was good! it was a great coming of age story and I related to a lot of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-27

Great Teen Awakening Story

Just what you would expect from Kelly Quindlen, a wonderful story incredibly well written handling issues of self awareness, sexual orientation, friendship and love with insight and compassion. It reads realistic and true. What a blessing for a young adult to find this book and author.

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  • Patrik
  • 2020-06-06

Another great book from Quindlen!

Not as spellbinding as the prior book, but definitely a must read/listen!

The narrator did once again a splendid job of portraying the characters feelings and personalities.

I will definitely pre-order the next book here on Audible ASAP! :)

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  • Wxpxp
  • 2020-06-06

briliant coming of age story

so I saw title and well cover intrigues me so I figure out I give it a shot and definally dint regret it because it's wonderfully written and narrated ifelt like I was really living inside a book definally recommend listening this u won't regret it:)
Definally recomend it to all teanegers its sort made my fela better about my teaneage years and sociatity expectantions