Happy book birthday to Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen! An LGBTQ YA contemporary about a girl who never really fit into the party crowd. I feel like there are a huge number of us readers who can relate to those kids who hung out at home while everyone else, somehow, seemed to be going to wild parties and causing commotions. Well, that’s precisely who Codi Teller is–right up until the day she and her friends crash a party and she happens across one of the cool kids making out with another boy.
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.