Late to the Party

Late to the Party

by Kelly Quindlen

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

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About the Author

About Kelly Quindlen

Kelly Quindlen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in English Literature and spent two years teaching with the Teach for America program. Her 2014 self-published novel, Her Name in the Sky, has sold over 13,000 copies and was featured on BuzzFeed's "15 Books Every Young Gay Woman Should Read." Her 2015 Wattpad novel, A Different Kind of Us, garnered 877,000 views and won the site's coveted Watty award for the LGBT+ genre. She has had the joy of speaking to PFLAG groups and high school GSAs, and currently serves on the leadership board of a non-profit for Catholic parents with LGBT children. She lives in Atlanta.