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Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson

Between her mom’s expectations that she will join the Air Force and her dad and stepmom expecting her to get a law degree, Elliot is exhausted and ready to lie to both about her summer plans.  Instead of helping out at her stepmom’s theater and seeing “The Importance of Being Earnest” for the 5 millionth time or going to an Air Force summer program, she is going to “Bunbury” – pick a pseudonym and escape to the country.  Specifically, she is going to be Ever Lawrence and attend her dream summer camp at Rayevich College, the only college in the country with a Sci Fi Literature program and a library to match.  She will compete against other gifted students for a scholarship to attend for the next four years for free.  Everything is going great until she realizes her annoying cousin had the same plan and someone starts trying to sabotage the other campers.  But maybe she, her amazing roommate, Leigh, and the cute boy with the typewriter can figure it out in time to save the day.

This YA novel is based on Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and is completely adorable.  A perfect read for the beach or pool this summer, Not Now, Not Ever is so much fun, with authentic characters and lots of nerdy pop culture references.  Anderson says “I just want my readers to take away a sense of happiness” and she definitely delivers.  Click here to place this book on hold.

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