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The rare book that fills you with delight from the first page to the last. The Lake Effect is funny and witty and a little bit sad and every word glows with brilliance.

Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World

Refreshingly honest and real. Every one of Erin McCahan’s characters rings perfectly unique and true—you’ll laugh with them, struggle with them, and you’ll seriously hate to leave them when the book is over. An absolute must-read.

Elise Allen, co-author of Elixir

Thought provoking—and at times hilarious…..

School Library Journal

Elegant and touching . . .

Publishers Weekly

The perfect smart, beachside read. This is an unforgettable story about a boy who thinks he’s got his future figured out, and a girl who knows what she wants but is scared to get it. The Lake Effect will pull you in like the waves of the lake and won’t let you go until the last satisfying page.

Stephanie Elliot, author of Sad Perfect

Observant, sarcastic, compelling and very funny . . . this thoroughly enjoyable read is a seductive invitation to relax and let life happen.

Kirkus, STARRED review

Dazzlingly hilarious…Erin McCahan is the reigning queen of summer YA reads.


I’m about to GUSH, absolutely GUSH, about Love and Other Foreign Words. . . . It’s beautifully written, and it touches the heart of the high school (and let’s be honest, adult) life experience: figuring out where you belong and what that means about who you are. . . . A standout . . . I loved every single moment, and I can’t recommend [it] enough!

Lisa Parkin, Huffington Post’s “Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014”

Impossibly winning . . . . reader[s] will extract immense pleasure from this funny, humane novel.

Wall Street Journal

Readers in the mood for serious laughs need look no further . . . [Josie Sheridan’s] analytical, overthinking narration and knack for delivering truly lacerating quips . . . will have readers sticking by her side.

Publisher’s Weekly, Best Summer Books 2014

A true-blue lovable weirdo, [Josie is] the type of character I really enjoy seeing . . . [She is] authentically herself, even when being herself gets in her into trouble.


It’s refreshing to meet a character so cracklingly smart that you wish you could actually buy her a coffee and just hear her jabber. That’s Josie, the main gal in the latest from McCahan.… With impeccable clarity—and hilarity—Josie explores how magical things left unsaid can be and how even a native tongue can be full of meaning and surprises. This clever read will satisfy fans of Rainbow Rowell, John Green, and Stephanie Perkins.


Josie’s a rarity in teen literature, a genuine original. . . . Trying to control what can’t be controlled, wanting and fearing love, she’s one of us. Lively characters and a satisfying plot foil reader expectations in the best possible way.

Kirkus Reviews

Erin McCahan achieves a rare feat: she creates a family with distinct, admirable characters. Josie’s parents are there for her but also give her room to navigate uncharted waters. The exchanges between Josie and her father are among the best in YA literature. As with her oil-and-water reaction to Geoff, Josie sometimes misses what’s right in front of her. Readers may see the ending coming before Josie does, but that’s also what’s so lovable about Josie.

Shelf Awareness (starred review)

McCahan’s writing is engaging and her characters are so real they’re ready to jump off the page. Any young woman will feel a kinship with Bronwen as she attempts to navigate some of life’s toughest choices.

RT Book Reviews, TOP PICK!

Told in lively first-person narrative, this intelligent romance teaches a hard but relevant lesson about living dreams and letting them go.

Publishers Weekly

This first-person narrative about the complexities of family and commitment will grab teens.


If the idea of trying on new personalities as easily as new outfits has ever appealed to you, then you’ll enjoy the quirky and outrageous mind of Bronwen Oliver. She’s the thinking girl’s perfect mix of sarcasm and idealism.

Justine Magazine

Lively and light, McCahan’s novel covers that time period of high school and college when young adults try on and discard personalities in search of their true selves.

School Library Journal