Planning Perfect (Hardcover)
In this charming, heartfelt YA romcom about being on the asexual spectrum, a girl tries to craft the perfect wedding for her mother but discovers that sometimes the best parts of life can't be planned.
Felicity Becker loves watching an event come together. Whether it's prom, graduation, or just the annual Arbor Day school dance, there's something magical about crafting an experience that people will remember. So when her mom gets engaged, Felicity sees the wedding as the perfect opportunity to show off her skills.
After Felicity's long-distance friend Nancy offers up her family's apple orchard as a venue, wedding planning gets even better. But the more time Felicity and Nancy spend together dress shopping and hunting for just-right mismatched china, the more it starts to seem like there might be something besides friendship between them. Felicity isn't sure how she feels. As someone on the asexual spectrum, what would dating even look like for her? And would Nancy be open to dating when Felicity doesn't even know what she wants from a relationship?
Suddenly the summer is a lot more complicated. Especially when Felicity finds out that one of the wedding guests is an event planner with a prestigious internship available. Can Felicity wrangle her irresponsible mom, juggle her judgmental grandmother, figure out her feelings for Nancy, and plan the perfect wedding? Or will all of her plans come crashing down around her?
About the Author
Haley Neil is the author of Once More With Chutzpah and Planning Perfect, and a recent MFA grad from The New School, where she specialized in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She previously obtained her Masters in Education while working full time as a preschool teacher. She loves school, teaching, and going to school to learn about teaching (as well as walking her rescue pup through her Massachusetts town and working at her local library).
“A deeply touching narrative about embracing mess in order to reinvent ourselves for the better.” —Jean Meltzer, Author of The Matzah Ball and Mr. Perfect on Paper
“This is a tender, lovingly depicted capture of self-discovery and dating while asexual--one that is infrequently portrayed for readers of any age.” —Booklist, starred review
“A sweet and charming book with a slow-burn romance and relationship at its center.” —School Library Connection
“A sweet, feel-good, coming-of-age rom-com with satisfying character development and deeply insightful, much needed ace representation.” —School Library Journal
“Neil deftly examines challenges surrounding dating and sexuality, intergenerational friction, and mental health.” —Publishers Weekly
“An engrossing, emotionally dynamic coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus Reviews