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How to Write a Love Story

Written by Katy Cannon

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks Romance / Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on How to Write a Love Story

In a Nutshell: A feel-good feast of romance, writing and one glorious gran

“When your whole family is obsessed with Love and Romance it sets some pretty high expectations, believe me”, explains 16-year-old Tilly, the witty narrator of this bright and breezy book. Tilly’s on tenterhooks as her grandmother’s highly anticipated romance novel is published. Nothing unusual there - aspiring writer Tilly has long been involved with Gran’s work, from filing, typing and researching, to suggesting improvements. But this book is different. It almost wasn’t completed, due to Gran being hospitalised while writing it, which meant Tilly took on the tasks of copy-editing, proof-reading and (wait for it...) secretly rewriting the ending to Gran’s successful series. From her myriad “Meet cute” date moments, to her ritual of choosing a hat before writing a new book, Gran’s quirks are a joy, and the portrayal of her illness is incredibly touching. Tilly’s massively relieved when Gran is delighted with her ending, so much so that she asks Tilly to write her next novel. Tilly accepts the challenge, but how can she follow the “write what you know” rule when she’s never been in love? What’s more, after boldly resolving to fall in love for real, she discovers that real-life romance can’t be plotted. Rather, it brings twists and turns that are way beyond the author’s control.

Delightful on the everyday dramas of family life, first love and fiction’s edifying allures, this is perfect for aspiring writers and fans of funny contemporary YA. 

Joanne Owen

How to Write a Love Story Synopsis

Tilly Frost has grown up reading her grandmother's bestselling romance novels - so when the one and only Beatrix Frost is taken ill, Tilly finishes writing her latest work. Then Tilly agrees to start the next book. But what is her gran hiding from her? And how can Tilly write a heart-pounding romance when she's never been in love? Can she turn her school crush into something more? One thing Tilly should know is that the course of true love never did run smooth...

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How to Write a Love Story Press Reviews

Praise for Love, Lies and Lemon Pies;

“A delightful, delicious and feather-light YA romance that still manages to deal beautifully with some deep issues.”  Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike

“Cannon has a light touch and the result is delicious. The friendships feel real, the situations authentic.
Teen girls will devour this, and come back for more.”   Books for Keeps 

"A perfect sunshine read for all recipe and romance fans. Baking is the new craze sweeping across the country and this tasty, teasing tale of a girl with a family secret who finds solace in cake-making presses all the right chocolate buttons.”  Lancashire Evening Post 

“Thoroughly entertaining and filled with many heart-warming moments, Love, Lies and Lemon Pies delivers in every way!”  Book Passion for Life 

“Love, Lies and Lemon Pies is a delicious young adult contemporary novel to devour.”  Pretty Books

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ISBN: 9781847159212
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781847159212
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Katy Cannon
Publisher: Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Romance / Relationship Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Katy Cannon

Katy Cannon was born in the United Arab Emirates, grew up in North Wales and now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two children. Her YA debut, LOVE, LIES AND LEMON PIES, has been published in eight languages. She has since written SECRETS, SCHEMES AND SEWING MACHINES, AND THEN WE RAN and HOW TO WRITE A LOVE STORY. She also writes adult romance novels under a pseudonym.

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