by Kelsey Macke
Release date: October 14th, 2014
Published by: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Paperback, eBook
Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing
Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after – in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.
When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace – the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant – aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.
While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.
And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.
Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author's band, Wedding Day Rain.
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“Okay, this malaria treatment is an alkaloid and comes from a tree called Cincho—”
“Okay, sure. Ummm…” I sigh and flip through the flashcards for another question that I can reasonably expect to pronounce properly.
“Come on, Gen, pick a hard one.”
“Yeah, ’cause I know which ones are hard ones, right?” I know I sound snippy, so I tack on a halfhearted smile at the end and kick out with my fuzzysocked foot. He’s lying across the chair in my room, and his legs are so long that, from knee to ankle, they’re on my bed, too.
“Oh! I know this one!” I say. My eyebrows shoot to the sky, and my face beams with pride. “The SI unit for power is named for the guy Watt! Bam! Scienced!”
“Did you just verb the word science?”
“Yes, Grant. I did.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Kelsey Macke
Kelsey Macke has been creative for as long as she can remember. From an early age she was on stage singing, penning poetry, and writing notebooks full of songs. When the idea for her debut novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, popped into her head, she was undeterred by the fact that she had no idea how to actually write a novel. Her bff, the internet, was her guide, and after much trial, error, and candy, she finished it, and set out to get it published… a process far more difficult than, the internet (now her mortal enemy), had lead her to believe.
Her whirlwind adventure was made even more unbelievable when she signed with fabulous agent, Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and, shortly after, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Contemporary bought her debut.
This innovative, mixed-media art project has given Kelsey an incredibly unique opportunity to join two of her passions: writing and making music with her husband as half of the folky, indie-pop band Wedding Day Rain.
DAMSEL DISTRESSED, and the companion album of original songs, Imogen Unlocked, are scheduled for release in October 2014.