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A Beginner’s Guide to #Wibbroka

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You may have seen a lot of talk on the internet about the cutest writing couple ever that is #Wibbroka.

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They are Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka. They write adorable YA rom coms and are #CoupleGoals themselves.

Anyway, in case you’re new here, here’s your starter guide to all the #Wibbroka books!

 

Always Never Yours 

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If you love romances that don’t go *quite* as you would expect them to, this is for you. It’s also perfect if you’re a theatre nerd.

Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are. and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to star in her own love story?

 

If I’m Being Honest

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We LOVE a Shakespeare retelling. If 10 Things I Hate About You holds a special place in your heart or you’re just a fan of enemies to lovers in general, this one is for you.

Cameron Bright is gorgeous, popular, and–according to her classmates–a total b*tch. But when her crush, Andrew, catches a glimpse of her cruelty up close, it’s enough to drive him away for good. To win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, like Shakespeare’s shrew, Katherine. If she can make amends to those she’s wronged, Andrew will have to take notice. Cameron’s apology tour begins with Brendan, the guy whose social life she single-handedly destroyed. At first, Brendan isn’t so quick to forgive, but slowly he warms to her when they connect over a computer game he’s developing. To Cameron’s amazement, she enjoys hanging out with Brendan, who views her honesty as an asset, and she wonders: maybe you don’t have to compromise who you are for the kind of love you deserve.

 

 

Time of Our Lives

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While we love the fun and light-heartedness of #Wibbroka rom coms, they skillfully navigate the serious side of life and relationships just as well. Time of Our Lives is a story of home and away, of the wonder and weight of memory, of outgrowing fears and growing into the future.

Fitz Holton waits in fear for the day his single mother’s early-onset Alzheimer’s starts stealing her memory. He’s vowed to stay close to home to care for her in the years to come–never mind the ridiculous college tour she’s forcing him on to visit schools where he knows he’ll never go.

Juniper Ramirez is counting down the days until she can leave home, a home crowded with five younger siblings and zero privacy. Against the wishes of her tight-knit family, Juniper plans her own college tour of the East Coast with one goal: get out.

When Fitz and Juniper cross paths on their first college tour in Boston, they’re at odds from the moment they meet– while Juniper’s dying to start a new life apart from her family, Fitz faces the sacrifices he must make for his. Their relationship sparks a deep connection–in each other’s eyes, they glimpse alternate possibilities regarding the first big decision of their adult lives.

 

Get your copy of Time of Our Lives here!

 

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