"Liz Maccie's debut novel is as tough, optimistic, and beautiful as her heroine, Roberta Romano. Roberta's voice is heartfelt and funny. Her story is exceptionally moving and honest. I love this book and the hope it has for young women everywhere." —Stephen Chbosky, New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The most important lessons aren't learned in the classroom.
It’s the first day of sophomore year for Roberta Romano, but instead of the comfort of her local high school, she's been thrust into the elitist embrace of the affluent Meadowbrook Academy.
Surrounded by wealth, Roberta battles her own insecurities to prove her worth and maybe land the boy of her dreams. With the help of two unlikely allies—and an inflatable toy raft—Roberta embarks upon a journey of dark secrets and self-discovery to learn the true meaning of friendship and acceptance.
"Roberta will charm and delight you with a voice that’s candid, hilarious, and hopeful, as she narrates her first day at a new high school, reminding us of the epic nature of each hour in our adolescent lives. Lessons I Never Learned at Meadowbrook Academy will make you laugh, cringe, cry, and cheer for the power of friendships that can change us in a single day." —Ava Dellaira, author of Love Letters to the Dead
"You wish your first day of prep school was this epic! Every single page of Lessons I Never Learned sparkles with heart and humor. Like a teenage Bridget Jones, Roberta Romano will make you laugh, cry, and cringe as she tries to navigate her first day at Meadowbrook Academy. She finds friends and enemies, earns detentions and serious respect, and makes memories that will last her a lifetime." —Siobhan Vivian, author of The List
AUTHOR BIO Liz Maccie was born and raised in New Jersey and attended Bucknell University. After college, she moved out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television writing. She has had two movies produced, “The Thirst” and “Black and Blue.” She went on to work at The Disney Channel until she found a home at the breakout ABC Family show, “Make it or Break it.” She is currently adapting the wildly popular YA book, “The List” for MTV as a television show. “Lessons” is Liz’s debut novel.
I think anytime you write, even if it is a “fictional” story, there is always so much of your own personal experience threaded throughout. I’d have to say the ups of writing this book were getting to relive really memorable fun times I had shared back in high school. And on the flip side, the downs of writing this book where when I really had to dig deep and relive experiences that weren’t so pleasant. Or open up parts of myself that felt very exposed and vulnerable. It’s always hard to tell your truth even if it is through a fictional story.
You also have to commit to the fact that writing a novel is like running a marathon. Some days are so hard and frustrating. What came easily the day before could be like walking through mud on another today. It's easy to get down on yourself. We are human beings who are constantly trying to balance our lives. Most of us who are writing novels also have "day" jobs. Sometimes life intervenes and you don't get to do your pages that day. It's very easy to get down on yourself. And I am the first to admit, there is nothing worse than a good ol' shame spiral. A natural down of writing a novel is the natural downs of life. Somedays you just aren't at your best. And that's okay. It really is. As writers, I feel we are very talented at beating ourselves up about our shortcomings. My advice is to treat each day like a new day. If the day before was a total and complete wash, dust off the feelings of failure and sit down at your computer and simply try again. There is no such thing as perfect. That's a great lesson to learn early on.
On the flip side, the highs of writing a novel are like no other! When you have that day of writing where your characters are just screaming in your ear, telling you what to write, it's just magical. There are those days when the story just pours out of you, with no effort whatsoever. Those days are to be treasured! Writing a novel can sometimes be isolating and lonely, but on those days when your characters really show up, you feel like you are hosting the best party ever! It is truly exhilarating.
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