About the Book
Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel.
Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the start of their senior year in high school, James (a girl with a boy’s name) and Kat are inseparable, but by graduation, they’re no longer friends. James prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the dissolution of her friendship with Kat while, in alternating chapters, Kat thinks about being newly in love with her first girlfriend and having a future that feels wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school sweetheart parents announce they’re getting a divorce. Funny, honest, and full of heart, We Used to Be Friends tells of the pains of growing up and growing apart.
About the Author
Amy Spalding is the author of several young adult novels, including Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which earned a starred review from Kirkus and was named a best book of 2018 by NPR, the Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan, Autostraddle, and more. Her forthcoming book, We Used to Be Friends, publishes in January 2020. She lives in Los Angeles.
Margaret H. Willison is a librarian, podcaster, culture writer, and self-described social media socialite. She is 1/2 of the Two Bossy Dames pop culture newsletter, is 1/3 of the Appointment Television podcast, and appears regularly as a fourth chair on National Public Radio’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast
About the Movie
Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan star in this musical romance directed by Richard LaGravenese. Based on the Broadway show of the same name written by Jason Robert Brown, the film follows up-and-coming Jewish novelist Jamie Wellerstein and aspiring gentile actress Cathy Hiatt (Jordan and Kendrick) as they tell the story of their romance, marriage and divorce through the medium of song.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.