Guest Post: ‘The Brightsiders’ Author Jen Wilde

We love authors – as you know. Today, author Jen Wilde (you may know her from her amazing book – Queens of Geek) is guest posting about YA Best Friends. You may be have your favorite, but who are hers?

If you aren’t familiar with Jen, she has a new book coming out – The Brightsiders —which has already been receiving tons of love, as it celebrates the colors of the bisexual flag. The story follows a teen rockstar as she has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck.

Here’s the official summary:

A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel. 

As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?

Read her guest post below and make sure to pick up The Brightsiders, which will be released next week, May 22nd.

Three of my Fave YA BFFs!



As someone who is very much a Cath, I love how Reagan sort of takes her under her wing. They’re very different, but they both offer something that the other needs. And then there’s the complicated relationship between Cath and Wren. I really related to how their relationship had to go through some growing pains and they had to figure out how to find themselves as individuals, as well as sisters.


Something that felt very real to me in Dumplin’ was the tension between Willowdean and Ellen, and the evolution of their friendship. It doesn’t matter how close you are to someone, there will always be times when you don’t get along. But it doesn’t always mean you don’t still care about each other. And I adored the group of pageant misfits! I wanted to be friends with all of them!

The Nowhere Girls

This was such a powerful story for me, and not least of all because of the strong friendships between Grace, Rosina and Erin. The way they cared for each other and had each other’s backs no matter how different they all were, that’s true friendship. And it was in their friendship that they found the strength to start a revolution.

I’ve also heard great things about the friendships in Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson, and The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, so I can’t wait to get my hands on those too!

Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH), fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK), and rockstars (THE BRIGHTSIDERS). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.

Born and raised in Australia, she splits her time between Melbourne and New York. When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.

Learn more about Jen and her books HERE.


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