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Ready or Not

Illustrated by Andi Porretta

About The Book

An anxious teen hopes that a summer of adventure and offbeat dares will keep her friend group together after graduation in this luminous coming-of-age graphic novel with the feel-good vibes of Booksmart and Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone.

With senior year finally behind them, Cassie and her three best friends are on their way to what’s next. Like their parents, the crew has always been inseparable: there’s Marcy, the artist, for whom style is self-expression and sarcasm is a love language; Aaron, the future lawyer, whose good humor balances out his competitive streak; Nico, the musician, whose flirtatiousness, obliviousness, and recent interest in a rising senior are becoming increasingly unbearable to Cassie; and of course, Cassie herself, the only one who doesn’t have her future all figured out.

This summer is their last chance to make memories together in New York City before everyone but Cassie scatters across the globe for college—and she’s determined to make the most of it. Her plan? They’ll spend August playing the game of dares and risks they invented as kids! From adventurous to outrageous, these dares will definitely make for an unforgettable summer. Even better, Cassie is hopeful they’ll help the group stay friends no matter what…because she is not ready for a future without them.

About The Author

Photograph by Roman Sciascia

Andi Porretta is a Philly-born illustrator, storyteller, and rom-com watcher. She studied illustration and design at Pratt Institute and currently resides in Brooklyn with her best friends and pet cat. When she isn’t drawing, you might find Andi at her local coffee shop, palling around, or missing her subway stop (again). Ready or Not is her debut graphic novel.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by Roman Sciascia

Andi Porretta is a Philly-born illustrator, storyteller, and rom-com watcher. She studied illustration and design at Pratt Institute and currently resides in Brooklyn with her best friends and pet cat. When she isn’t drawing, you might find Andi at her local coffee shop, palling around, or missing her subway stop (again). Ready or Not is her debut graphic novel.

Why We Love It

“If I could live in a world as lush and atmospheric as Andi Porretta’s illustrations, I absolutely would. And in addition to being visually stunning, everything about Cassie’s story feels immediate and personal in the very best way—from her anxieties, to her loyalty, to her bravery in the face of a future apart from her friends. This debut is impossible to forget; it will take your breath away.”

—Feather F., Editor, on Ready or Not

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 2, 2024)
  • Length: 336 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665907040
  • Ages: 14 - 99

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Raves and Reviews

★ "Each character’s vivid, varied personality is represented via bold-hued backgrounds and text bubbles that overlay the already colorful metropolitan setting . . . Breezy and earnest, Porretta’s debut graphic novel makes a unique commencement gift for the contemporary high school graduate."

– Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“Porretta’s debut . . . captures Generation Z in all their exuberance and acceptance as well as anxiety. . . .The attractive, jewel-toned art dynamically conveys the urban setting. Light and refreshing fare.”

– Kirkus Reviews

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