Louisa Reid

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Out July 3rd

Lies like Love by Louisa Reid


LIES...'There were a few problems - bullying, a fire' LIKE...'I think she's verging on psychosis, now she's lashing out.' LOVE...'She's got no one else to fight for her'

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19th March 2015 UKYA Egg Hunt!


Welcome to the UKYA Easter Egg Hunt! One very lucky winner will win a huge grand prize of signed books by over thirty YA authors who write and live in the UK.

All you have to do is read this blog, count up how many UKYA branded Easter eggs you see in the blog, and follow the link at the end to the next blog. Keep going until you get back to the blog where you started, and add up how many eggs you’ve seen along the way.

Email your answer to: UKYA2015egghunt@gmail.com. A winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries, and contacted by email. 

This closes at noon (UK time) on Sunday, 5th April, and is open internationally.

Link to next blog: http://www.jossstirling.co.uk/blog/

So get finding those eggs! And some awesome UKYA authors and books along the way. 

Good luck!


14th January 2015 How to build a Boy to fall in love with

I love a boy to fall in love with. Especially if it's a book boy. (Yes, I am a grown woman, yes this does rather infantilise me. And?) I tried to write a character like this in LIES LIKE LOVE and think I sort of achieved it. My lovely Leo Bright has a little fan base (my proudest moment and proof of this was when a student asked me if he really existed so she could meet him. Sadly he was a fictional amalgamation of all the nice boys I've ever had a thing for (the losers I left out) but I'm sure there are real life versions out there somewhere...)

Having just finished ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES I have been pondering on how to build a boy like Theodore Finch, the heartbreaker of Jennifer Niven's recent YA novel, or my Leo, or Augustus Waters, or Eleanor's Park. And here's my how-to guide.


1. He must be fighting a battle he probably won't win against forces beyond his control. But he'll give everything trying.

2. He will love his family, especially little brothers and sisters and tolerate his parents' f**k-ups.

3. He will be bright and clever and kind. He will defend you/his love interest, perhaps resorting to unnecessary acts of violence on your behalf (think Park, lovely Park) which he will later regret.

4.He will have soul. As evidenced by his love of reading comics, playing music, collecting vintage guitars or cars; digging Bob Dylan, Depeche Mode, German theatre, skate-boarding; feeling Nature, the Romantic poets, metaphysics and knowing about Einstein's theory of relativity, or whatever. He is a boy who hurts and thinks and feels.

5. He will think of ways to make other people happy. He will try not to put himself first, even when he is in pain.

6. He will never, not ever, be a push-over. He has pride.

7. He will be flawed. Tragically so.

8. When, not if, he leaves you, you will cry.

9. He will make you wish you could help him. You know you cannot.

10. He will break your heart, but never mean to.

AND FINALLY:, most importantly...

He will never be a cliche!