Famous in a Small Town (Hardcover)

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Emma Mills has crafted a heart-breaking (and heart-mending) novel that explores all the charm and deceit that goes hand-in-hand with living in a small town. Sophie is the kind of friend who will stop at nothing to do what she thinks is best for her friends and her community - even if that means stalking a country star or pretending not to fall in love with her mysterious new neighbor, August. Famous in a Small Town is the best kind of love story because it’s also about so much more. Mills covers the special bond between a group of friends who have known each other since birth, the different forms a family can take, the grief we feel when our loved-ones are in pain, and the challenges of raising money for your high-school marching band. Nothing is off-limits in this clever and candid story!

— From Kinsey's Picks


For Sophie, small town life has never felt small. With her four best friends—loving, infuriating, and all she could ever ask for—she can weather any storm. But when Sophie’s beloved Acadia High School marching band is selected to march in the upcoming Rose Parade, it’s her job to get them all the way to LA. Her plan? To persuade country singer Megan Pleasant, their Midwestern town’s only claim to fame, to come back to Acadia to headline a fundraising festival.

The only problem is that Megan has very publicly sworn never to return.

What ensues is a journey filled with long-kept secrets, hidden heartbreaks, and revelations that could change everything—along with a possible fifth best friend: a new guy with a magnetic smile and secrets of his own.

About the Author

Emma Mills is the author of First & Then, This Adventure Ends, and Foolish Hearts. She lives in Indianapolis, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in cell biology.

Praise For…

"Rife with witticism, like a finely honed sitcom, and brimming with heart." —Kirkus Reviews

Foolish Hearts:

"Mills (This Adventure Ends) thoughtfully explores the nuances of all kinds of relationships, both friendly and romantic. . . . Through these friendship struggles and romances old and new, Mills evokes the high stakes and vast rewards of trust, intimacy, and honesty." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The characters are wonderfully fresh and honest. . . . The course of true love never did run smooth, but in the case of these two lovers, the journey is worth your while." —Kirkus Reviews

"[Main character] Claudia’s. . . voice shines. A fun, thoughtful portrayal of different kinds of vulnerability." —Booklist

This Adventure Ends:

"Immensely enjoyable." —Booklist

"Mills (First & Then) seamlessly creates art imitating life imitating art while bringing freshness to the familiar romantic conventions she invokes. With taut, realistic dialogue, she expertly crafts blossoming friendships and nascent romances." —Publishers Weekly

First & Then:

“With sporadic references to Jane Austen's famous characters and wickedly inventive language, Mills closely observes the social milieu of an American high school. . . . A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250179630
ISBN-10: 1250179637
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication Date: January 15th, 2019
Pages: 320
Language: English