Inventive New Young Adult Novel The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project Turns Tropes Upside-Down

March 7, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Explore the tropes that make young adult novels tick in The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project, coming this spring from Carolrhoda Lab®, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books®, a division of Lerner Publishing Group™. Written by Lenore Appelhans, this clever and creative novel pairs laugh-out-loud humor with an insightful look at popular character tropes.

Riley lives in TropeTown, where everyone plays stock roles in novels. Riley, a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, is sent to group therapy after going off-script. Riley knows that breaking the rules again could get him terminated, yet he feels there must be more to life than recycling the same clichés for readers’ entertainment. Then he meets Zelda, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl (Geek Chic subtype), and falls head over heels in love. Zelda’s in therapy too, along with several other Manic Pixies. But TropeTown has a dark secret, and if Riley and his fellow Manic Pixies don’t get to the bottom of it, they may all be terminated.

A delightful celebration and send-up of popular young adult novels, The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project will be a hit with YA fans of all ages.

Advance Praise for The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project:

“Witty, sharp, surprising—a refreshing read.”—Martha Brockenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death

“Funny, romantic, and delightfully meta—The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project was a joy to read from beginning to end.”—Jess Rothenberg, author of The Catastrophic History of You & Me and The Kingdom

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Carolrhoda Lab® is dedicated to distinctive, provocative, boundary-pushing fiction for teens. From Michael L. Printz Award Honorees to a National Book Award Finalist, Carolrhoda Lab novels probe and examine the young-adult condition one novel at a time, affording YA authors and readers an opportunity to explore and experiment with thoughts, ideas, and paradigms in the human condition.

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The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project
March 2019
$18.99 Hardcover, Jacketed
eBook Also Available
Ages 11–18
HC: 978-1-5415-1259-7
272 Pages ● 5 1/2 × 8 1/4

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