Praise for Liars and Losers Like Us

“This is an engaging read for anyone who enjoys stories of high school drama and popularity, coupled with the sometimes painful, anxious ride of adolescence. The author writes this story with bits and pieces of her own experience as a survivor of abuse, encouraging teens to stand up for the truth. VERDICT A relatable supplemental purchase.” –School Library Journal

“While the final scenes of the novel are reminiscent of a John Hughes’ movie, complete with the perfect kiss after prom, this novel embraces heavier things as well and is certain to appeal to readers who want to see justice served and love trump hate. Pair with Thirteen Reasons Why (2007), by Jay Asher, and Prom (2005), by Laurie Halse Anderson, for readers’ advisory recommendations.” —Booklist

“I loved this book. It was the perfect mix of funny and serious…A smart and satisfying read.” -Amanda MacGregor, Teen Librarian Toolbox

“A twisty, addictive story brimming with hilarious characters, prom drama, and, yes, heart.”—Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing

“Poignant and hilarious in turns, Liars and Losers Like Us is a deeply real portrait of the high school landscape. Allen-Vath shows us that you can’t believe everything you see when it comes to other people.”—Liz Czukas, author of Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless
“Liars and Losers Like Us is a story of secrecy, pain, and, self-awareness artfully wrapped in snort-laugh-out-loud humor and heart-melting romance, as the best and truest adolescent tales are. Bree Hughes is a YA heroine to remember.”—Dahlia Adler, author of Behind The Scenes, Under The Lights, and Just Visiting

“Liars and Losers Like Us tackles all the hard things, like Bree’s struggle with panic attacks, while delivering prom shenanigans and a swoon-worthy romance. You should read this book for the Bree-Sean banter alone.” –Rachael Allen, author of The Revenge Playbook and 17 First Kisses

“Witty, heartbreaking, and extremely thoughtful, Liars and Losers Like Us will take you on a roller coaster ride to prom that will leave you breathless and wanting more.”–Natasha Sinel, award-winning author of The Fix

“Liars and Losers Like Us is an honest and poignant look at first love, bullying, and the tempestuous tides of high school popularity. Bree’s struggles with anxiety and her true-to-life love-hate relationship with being in the limelight had me rooting for her from page one, and Ami Allen-Vath’s careful handling of the subject matter results in a story where winning doesn’t mean getting a crown; it means developing compassion and understanding for the people around you.”–Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up

“Drama, wit, and romance make Liars and Losers Like Us a thoroughly compelling read, with a strong undercurrent of compassion for those with hidden pain.”–Rachel Wilson, author of Don’t Touch

“Quirky and sometimes awkward, Bree Hughes is a realistic character that will have you laughing out loud even while you’re contemplating the way you treat people. With fast pacing and a unique cast of characters, Liars and Losers Like Us will inspire you to make the most of every moment you have.”–Sarah Schmitt, author of It’s a Wonderful Death

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Ain’t no party like an end of #WIPmo party!

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Hello #WIPmo crew! We’ve made it to the finish line. I don’t care how you got here or what you did, but we started from the bottom now we here.

Kudos to everyone who worked through the month whether you did the Nano thing or solely the Wipmo thing. I’m proud of us and I’m proud of me. Okay, I wish I was a little more proud of myself than I actually am but to be honest, I’m always a little hard on myself. I should/want/need to do more. Bleh. It’s the writer’s way!

This month I did edits, which included a little revision and a new chapter/scene, copy edits, and wrote an author’s note. Aaaaaand I did work on my WIP. I finished a scene-by-scene list from the whole ms which took a crap-ton of time. More than I’d expected. I wrote two short, new chapters for it as well. And I figured out the stuff I need to add and probably cut. I’m excited to revise it (again!) in December. Screw the holidays–I need to finishFINISHfinish this book!

How about you guys? Please comment below to celebrate and share your victories!

#WIPmo check in. One Week Left!

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Hey you! How are you? How’s work? The fam? Getting enough sleep? How’s life? How’s the book?

The book? Ohhhhh yeah, the book! Confession time, I’ve been doing other writerly things rather than working on my book. Yep, I’ve been putting it last on the list. I’d really love to have it complete. And sub-ready. I am SOCLOSE. But more things keep popping up to do (For Liars and Losers Like Us) and then I just *yawns* get so tired and decide I “deserve” the wind-down time, the chill time, etc etc. But here’s the deal, if I have time to lay in bed for an hour and scroll mindlessly through twitter, toggle back to Facebook, google a random question or two, read the latest Kardashian update, I HAVE TIME TO WORK ON MY WIP.

It’s so important to be working on the next thing. If you’ve been busting your ass to make your goals this month and exceeding them, I commend you! If you’ve been doing other stuff that is taxing and you’ve been feeling a bit rundown, I know this feel. I think adjusting your goal this last week to be a little more realistic (especially if you have an extra work load, holiday stuff, or other life stuff happening) THAT IS FINE. AHEM. BUT! BUT! BUT! Do not give up. Do not do the minimal. And I highly encourage you, if you are very close to making your goal, EXCEED IT. It’s okay to adjust your goals to make them a bit more realistic, but that doesn’t mean you need to abandon them. This is our last week. I’d love to see some extra work put in. An extra session on a night you were going to watch TV. A lunch/writing session. A night session with another #WIPmo or #Nano pal. Carve out that time. Finish strong!

One week left, y’all! Let work together to make this happen.

Check-in in the comments!

Sweet and Sassy Sixteeners: Day Eighteen- Ami Allen-Vath!

A #SS16ers post for ReadWriteLove28 on how my high school experience inspired Liars and Losers Like Us! Complete with Preorder Incentives and a Giveaway!

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It’s time to meet the 17th featured author of the SSS! Introducing…Ami Allen-Vath!

Liars and Losers Like Us
Ami Allen-Vath
Release Date: 03/15/2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Synopsis:

Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.

For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.

When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.

With Sean by…

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When Your Book Gets a New Title!

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Hey everyone! The book formerly know as Prom Bitch has a shiny, brand new title!

LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US

Things change a lot in publishing (note: new pub date of MARCH 2016!) but I am very excited about everything and am so grateful to be in this position.

An extra special thanks to everyone who supported me during new title gate 2015: My fabulous editor Kristin Kulsavage, my agent Victoria Lowes, Sarah, Rachel, Natalie, Natasha, Fall Fifteeners, Fearless Fifteeners, and of course my family. : )

When & Where Can I Get This LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US Book?

Millions of people keep asking when my book is coming out! Okay, not really that many people but my mom has a bad memory, so I am writing this quick post.

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LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US is not out yet. However, it can be PRE-ORDERED! You can do this right now online via Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and you can also check your local indie bookstore site. LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US can also be found on BookLikes and GoodReads…so you can add it to your TBR lists. Even though you can’t hold it yet, DO mark your calendar for MARCH 15, 2016 because that is when it releases! You will then get to read and dance around with my book. MARCH 2016 y’all!

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March is a great month. You’ll be able to buy it for your friends, lovers, frenemies, and family for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Promposal gifts (because this should be a thing!) and then all the other 2016 holidays.

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Also, you can find the boutonniere, perfect dress and/or lipstick to coordinate with the LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US cover for 2016’s prom season. Convenient, eh?

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And hey: special thanks to everyone who’s expressed interest and enthusiasm for my book this far. It’s so exciting and very humbling. (Eeeeeee!) I still can’t believe it. (Here’s my book deal story, in case you missed it).

I’ll be sure to update this post whenever I get more details! (Actual day! The cover! Buy Links!) Okay. That’s all.

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XOami

2015 MG & YA Debuts To Watch For

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Please let me know via twitter or in the comments if a title or release date has changed or if *gasp* I’ve made a spelling error. Also FOR SURE let me know if you know of any other MG or YA debuts that I can add to this list!

WINTERish RELEASES

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JANUARY

13: Maggie Hall, THE CONSPIRACY OF US

13: Gail Nall, BREAKING THE ICE

20: Susan Adrian, TUNNEL VISION

27: Michelle Falkoff, PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD

27: Dan Gemeinhart, THE HONEST TRUTH

27: Holly Smale, GEEK GIRL

FEBRUARY

3: Courtney Alameda, SHUTTER

3: Lee Kelly, CITY OF SAVAGES

3: Laurie McKay, VILLAIN KEEPER

3: A.L. Sonnichsen, RED BUTTERFLY

5: Eve Ainsworth, SEVEN DAYS

5: Maya Rock, SCRIPTED

5: Abbie Rushton, UNSPEAKABLE

10: Lisa Aldin, ONE OF THE GUYS

10: Victoria Aveyard, RED QUEEN

10: MarcyKate Connolly, MONSTROUS

10: Cindy L. Rodriguez, WHEN REASON BREAKS

10: Jasmine Warga, MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES

17: Kathryn Holmes, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND

24: Alison DeCamp, MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (98% TRUE!)

24: Catherine Doyle, VENDETTA

24: Melinda Salisbury, THE SIN EATER’S DAUGHTER

26: Abi Elphinstone, THE DREAMSNATCHER 

MARCH

3: David Arnold, MOSQUITOLAND

3: Bibi Belford, CANNED AND CRUSHED

3: Lisa Freeman, HONEY GIRL

3: Mary McCoy, DEAD TO ME

3: Becky Wallace, THE STORYSPINNER

10: Francesca Haig, THE FIRE SERMON

10: Kristy Shen & Bryce Leung, LITTLE MISS EVIL

17: Sheila Grau, DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS

17: Stacey Lee, UNDER A PAINTED SKY

17: Darci Manley & Shani Petroff, ASH

17: Moriah McStay, EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU

17: N. K. Traver, DUPLICITY

17: Jenn Marie Thorne, THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT

18: Melody Maysonet, A WORK OF ART

24: Aisha Saeed: WRITTEN IN THE STARS

24: Erin Estrada Kelly, BLACKBIRD FLY

24: Rhiannon Thomas, A WICKED THING

24: Tommy Wallach, WE ALL LOOKED UP

SPRINGish RELEASES

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APRIL

2: Tatum Flynn, THE D’EVIL DIARIES

7: Becky Albertalli, SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

7: I. W. Gregorio, NONE OF THE ABOVE

7: Marie Jaskulka: THE LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL & RANDOM BOY

8: Fonda Lee, ZEROBOXER

8: Stefanie Lyons, DATING DOWN

14: K. E. Ormsbee, THE WATER AND THE WILD

14: Lance Rubin, DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE

14: Michelle Smith, PLAY ON

18: Rachel Shane, ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH

21: Lori Goldstein, BECOMING JINN

21: Amy McNulty, NOBODY’S GODDESS

28. Jen Brooks, IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT

28: Melissa Grey, THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT

28: Megan Morrison, GROUNDED: THE ADVENTURES OF RAPUNZEL

28. Sabaa Tahir, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES

MAY

5: Sarah Benwell, THE LAST LEAVES FALLING

5: Wendy Brotherlin, FREAKS OF NATURE

5: Elaine Dimopoulos, MATERIAL GIRLS

5: Jenny Martin, TRACKED

5: Miriam Spitzer Franklin, EXTRAORDINARY

5: Krista Van Dolzer, THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING

7: Meredith Moore, I AM HER REVENGE

12: Holly Bodger, 5 TO 1

12: Angelica R. Jackson, CROW’S REST

12: Kelly Jones, UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER

12: Maggie Lehrman, THE COST OF ALL THINGS

15: Valynn E. Maetani, INK AND ASHES

19: Francesca Zappia, MADE YOU UP

26: Sonia Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton TINY PRETTY THINGS

JUNE 2: Cassie Beasley, CIRCUS MIRANDUS

2: Jennifer Chambliss Bertman, BOOK SCAVENGER

2: Virginia Boecker, THE WITCH HUNTER

2: Melissa E. Hurst, THE EDGE OF FOREVER

2: Cordelia Jensen, SKYSCRAPING

8: Lynn Lindquist, SECRET OF THE SEVENS

9: Gina Ciocca, LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE

9: David Fulk, RAISING RUFUS

9: Stephanie Oakes, THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY

9: Katie M. Stout, HELLO, I LOVE YOU

9: Jen White, SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE

16: Lauren Gibaldi, THE NIGHT WE SAID YES

16: Adam Silvera, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT

16: Christine Hayes, MOTHMAN’S CURSE

16: Sharon Huss Roat, BETWEEN THE NOTES

SUMMER RELEASES

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JULY

7: Kris Dinnison, YOU AND ME AND HIM

15: Randy Ribay, AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES

20: Valeria Tejeda, HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER

21: Amanda Panitch, DAMAGE DONE

AUGUST

4: Anne Boles Levy, THE TEMPLE OF DOUBT

4: Michelle Levy, NOT AFTER EVERYTHING

4: Shannon Grogan, FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU

4: Kaitlin Ward, BLEEDING EARTH

6: Dawn Kurtagich, THE DEADHOUSE

18: Alexandra Sirowy, THE CREEPING

FALL RELEASES

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SEPTEMBER

1: Carol Riggs, THE BODY INSTITUTE

1: Natasha Sinel, THE FIX

1: Ronald L. Smith, HOODOO

1: Jackie Lea Sommers, TRUEST

1: Nicola Yoon, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING

2: Mandy Mikulencak, FACING FIRE

3: Lauren James, THE NEXT TOGETHER

8: Marci Curtis, THE ONE THING

15: Anne-Marie McLemore, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS

15: Heather Petty, LOCK & MORI

19: Kelly Loy Gilbert, CONVICTION

22: Mikaela Everett, THE UNQUIET

22: Mike Grosso, I AM DRUMS

22: Mackenzi Lee, THIS MONSTROUS THING

29: Laurel Gale, DEAD BOY

29: Amy Lukavics, DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS

TBA: Isabel Bandeira, BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER

OCTOBER

6: Ann Jacobus, ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

6: Sarah J. Schmitt, IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH

7: Marcy Beller Paul, UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING

NOVEMBER

10: Charlotte Huang, FOR THE RECORD

24: Kate McGovern, RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES

DECEMBER (so winter!)

8: Ryan Dalton, THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING

9: Sarah McGuire, VALIANT

16: Claire Kennedy, AFTER HOURS

MOVES FROM 2015 to 2016:

Jan 2016: Patrick Samphire, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB

Feb 2016: Ami Allen-Vath, PROM BITCH