Join us in welcoming author Debbie Rigaud to Cover to Cover! She will be discussing and signing copies of TRULY MADLY ROYALLY, her new YA (14-18 years) romantic comedy published by Scholastic.
Zora, a young, black community organizer, commutes from her New Jersey home to a pre-college summer program at a local Ivy League university where most of the students are so wealthy she feels like she's in a different world. She survives by texting her friend Skye real-time updates. A chance encounter in the library leads to a relationship with Owen, a white boy who, as it turns out, is a real, live prince of a small European country, complete with his own security detail. In their first conversation, Owen owns up to his privilege, and he and Zora connect over the burdens they each feel to live up to external expectations despite the enormous differences between their backgrounds. Much is riding on Zora's academic success in the program—benefits to both herself and her community—but she can't help falling for the charming prince. She agrees to give their relationship a try, and when he invites her to a major public event, Zora must pull together all her confidence to get through it. Readers will root for smart, talented Zora as she navigates the world of the rich; her voice is humorous, and her imperfect family is believable.
"Readers will root for smart, talented Zora as she navigates the world of the rich; her voice is humorous and her imperfect family is believable. A light and entertaining tale that also addresses serious real-world topics."—Kirkus
Author Debbie Rigaud began her writing career covering news and entertainment for magazines, including Seventeen, Twist and CosmoGIRL!. She’s interviewed celebs, politicians, and social figures, but enjoyed interviewing “real” girls the most. Her first work of Young Adult fiction, the novella “Double Act,” was featured in HALLWAY DIARIES/Kimani Tru. Soon thereafter, romantic comedy PERFECT SHOT/Simon Pulse became her first standalone book. Debbie’s non-fiction essays have been published in anthologies IT’S ALL LOVE/Broadway Books and DEAR BULLY/HarperTeen. Her humorous short story “Voila!” is included in the critically-acclaimed book OPEN MIC/Candlewick Press. And HOPE: PROJECT MIDDLE SCHOOL (Scholastic), her Middle Grade debut co-written with activist Alyssa Milano, releases October 1, 2019. Book 2 in the HOPE series is coming April 2020.