Published by Chronicle Books on March 8th 2017
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Now is the time for fearlessness.
Piper Perish inhales air and exhales art. The sooner she and her best friends can get out of Houston and get to New York City, the better. Art school has been Piper’s dream her whole life, and now that senior year is halfway over, she’s never felt more ready. But in the final months before graduation, things are weird with her friends and stressful with three different guys, and Piper’s sister’s tyrannical mental state seems to thwart every attempt at happiness for the close-knit Perish family. Piper’s art just might be enough to get her out. But is she brave enough to seize that power, even if it means giving up what she’s always known?
Debut author Kayla Cagan breathes new life into fiction in this dynamic, utterly authentic work featuring interior art from Rookie magazine illustrator Maria Ines Gul. Piper will have readers asking big questions along with her. What is love? What is friendship? What is family? What is home? And who is a person when she's missing any one of these things?
“Cagan tells Piper’s story with amazing authenticity… soulful reading for any artistic teen with a dream.”—Booklist, starred review
“A character readers will remember.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Will embolden budding teen artists.”—School Library Journal
“Smart, fresh, and utterly engaging.”—Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe and Little and Lion
“If a book could be my BFF, it would be this one.” —Bonnie Burton, author of Crafting with Feminism and Girls Against Girls
“Get ready for all the feels! Urgent, funny, and achingly real, Piper Perish will pull you into her artsy, messy, and love-rich world on the first page and hold you tight until the very end.” —Leila Howland, author of Hello, Sunshine
“A smart, complicated, emotionally mature, coming-of-age story that leaps off the page and reminds you why you ever dared to dream.”—Pamela Ribon, bestselling author of Notes to Boys: And Other Things I Shouldn’t Share in Public
We were thrilled to host a blog tour stop for Cayla Kagan’s Piper Perish! Have you guys seen it popping up on blogs, instagram and booktube? The book is a wonderful story about a creative girl and how she explores her gift, handles messy family situations all in a diary format. I just adored this book.
Thanks to Kayla and Chronicle books, we have a wonderful guest post for you today:
Q. Bookworms that we are, we have to ask what would Piper read?
A. Definitely the following books!
THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES by Andy Warhol and edited by Pat Hackett
Of course this collection would be on Piper’s book list because she’s obsessed with all things Andy at this stage of her life! The 807-page book begins on November 24, 1976 and ends eleven years later on February 17, 1987. It is a condensed version edited by Pat Hackett, Andy Warhol’s friend, of Warhol’s more than 20,000 page diary.
EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by NINA LaCour
I’m pretty sure Piper would want to be best friends with all of the creative characters in LaCour’s novel as they navigate falling in love as well as a mystery that happens in the film world of Los Angeles. Piper would want to talk shop with Emi and Av about what it means to be a working artist and how to live a full creative life.
PUSH COMES TO SHOVE by Twyla Tharp
Tharp’s autobiography covers her journey from starting off as a young woman in Indiana to pursuing her dreams of dance in New York City. She discusses love, loss, friendship, dance, and competition between fellow artists as well as the strength, stamina, and focus needed to follow her dreams in Manhattan in the 1960s.
LETTERS TO A YOUNG POET by Rainer Maria Rilke
This is a collection of 10 letters written by Rilke to a 19 year old officer cadet from 1902 to 1908, debating whether the young cadet should follow his dreams of becoming a poet and how to do it, or stick to becoming an officer. I think Piper would like the mentor/mentee relationship and of course would want to know how a fellow creative followed his dream.
A MOVEABLE FEAST by Ernest Hemingway
A Moveable Feast is a memoir by Ernest Hemingway about his years as a struggling, young, journalist and writer in Paris in the 1920s. The memoir consists of various personal accounts, observations, and stories by Hemingway. He provides specific addresses of apartments, bars, cafes, and hotels. Piper would definitely want to follow the ups and downs of his life.
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G I V E A W A Y
ONE, hardcover copy of Piper Perish + a cool tote bag, pencil and bookmark
Kayla Cagan is a writer and dramaturge who has run social media and content for events like the LA Times Festival of Books and The Taste. She has several published plays in Smith and Kraus anthologies, two award-winning comic books, and various essays. Her work is also included in a One on One anthology from Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, as well as 25 10-Minute Plays for Teens. She and her husband, who wrote the screenplay for the popular 2015 movie THE DUFF, live in Los Angeles.