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For fans of Becky Albertalli and Kelly Quindlen, We Got the Beat is the perfect queer friends-to-enemies-to-lovers tale. With romance, fat representation, and a meaningful exploration on how past hurts can affect our future, Jenna Miller’s novel is sure to deliver all the feels.
Jordan Elliott is a fat, nerdy lesbian, and the first junior to be named editor in chief of the school newspaper. Okay, that last part hasn’t happened yet, but it will. It’s positive thinking that has gotten Jordan this far. Ever since Mackenzie West, her friend-turned-enemy, humiliated her at the start of freshman year, Jordan has thrown herself into journalism and kept her eyes trained on the future.
So it’s a total blow when Jordan discovers that she not only didn’t get the editor in chief spot, but she’s been assigned the volleyball beat instead. And who is the star and newly crowned captain of the volleyball team? Mackenzie West. But words are Jordan’s weapon, and she has some ideas about how to exact a long-awaited revenge on her nemesis. Then things get murky when forced time together has Mack and Jordan falling back into their friendship, and into something more. And when Mack confesses the real reason she turned on Jordan freshman year, it has Jordan questioning everything—past, present, and future.
If Jordan lets her guard down and Mack in, will she get everything she wants, or will she be humiliated all over again?
Jenna Miller (she/her) writes young adult books about fat, queer, nerdy girls who deserve to be seen and have their voices heard. When she’s not obsessing over words, she can be found making charcuterie boards, befriending people online, cross-stitching, or adventuring in the Minneapolis area. Out of Character is her debut novel and is followed by We Got the Beat.
"Charmingly wry and sharply perceptive, with characters who aren’t afraid to fumble—but who care enough to mend fences. We Got the Beat is an ode to first love, complicated friendships, and the messy joy of rewriting your own story." — Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author of Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda
"Endearing, relatable, and bursting with charm. I can always count on Jenna Miller for nerdy, big-hearted characters simply trying their best. A queer enemies-to-lovers romance that made me wistful for my own student journalism days." — Rachel Lynn Solomon, New York Times bestselling author
"A sweet slice-of-life romance that's as funny and charming as it is open-hearted. Simply adorable." — Edward Underhill, author of Always the Almost
A sweet, sapphic delight from start to finish, We Got the Beat is the perfect read for fat queer girls with big dreams. With humor and heart, Jenna Miller celebrates friendship, identity, bodies, family, romance, and the unfettered joy of figuring out who you are, what you want, and what you deserve. — Crystal Maldonado, author of The Fall of Whit Rivera