"Look is smart, quick, and startlingly tender. I loved this book." --Mary H. K. Choi, New York Times bestselling author of Emergency Contact
For fans of Nina LaCour and Mary H. K. Choi comes "a gorgeous exploration of Los Angeles, love, and how a girl can be torn down and put herself back together, one image at a time." --Robin Benway, National Book Award-winning author of Far From the Tree
Things Lulu Shapiro's 5,000 Flash followers don't know about her: • That the video of her with another girl was never supposed to go public. • That Owen definitely wasn't supposed to break up with her because of it. • That behind the carefully crafted selfies and scenes Lulu projects onto people's screens, her life feels like a terrible, uncertain mess.
Then Lulu meets Cass. Cass isn't interested in looking at Lulu's life, only in living in it. And The Hotel--a gorgeous space with an intriguing, Old Hollywood history and a trust-fund kid to restore it--seems like the perfect, secret place for them to get to know each other. But just because Lulu has stepped out of the spotlight doesn't mean it'll stop following her every move.
Look is about what you present vs. who you really are, about real intimacy and manufactured intimacy and the blurring of that line. It's a deceptively glamorous, feminist, utterly compelling, queer coming-of-age novel about falling in love and taking ownership of your own self--your whole self--in the age of social media.
"Romantic and deeply resonant...Everything I hoped for and more." --Robyn Schneider, author of The Beginning of Everything "Witty, sensual, well-observed." --Francesca Lia Block, author of Weetzie Bat "I loved this book." --Mary H. K. Choi, author of Emergency Contact "A beautifully rendered...feminist coming-of-age story." --Jessica Morgan of Go Fug Yourself "[For] readers of Nina LaCour...Sharply incisive and...deeply romantic." --Booklist "Gorgeous." --Robin Benway, author of Far From the Tree "A complex, empathic examination of identity." --Amy Spalding, author of The Summer of Jordi Perez "A beautiful, intimate novel. I loved it so much." --Maurene Goo, author of The Way You Make Me Feel "Immediate...Deft...Astute...Compelling...Gripping and credible." --BCCB "[Zan Romanoff] is one of the best YA writers working today."--Brandy Colbert, author of Little & Lion
About the Author
Zan Romanoff was born in Los Angeles and raised in its private schools. She is the author of the novels A Song to Take the World Apart and Grace and the Fever. Her nonfiction has appeared in Buzzfeed, Elle, GQ, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The Washington Post, among others. Zan lives, writes, and watches a lot of reality television in LA.
“Witty, sensual, well-observed. Look glows like a secret, abandoned hotel lit only by cell phones on an L.A. night.” —Francesca Lia Block, award-winning author of Weetzie Bat
“Gorgeous. A sprawling look at Los Angeles, love, and the ways a girl can be torn down and, more importantly, put herself back together, one image at a time.” —Robin Benway, National Book Award-winning author of Far From the Tree
“A beautifully rendered, nearly tactile sliver of Los Angeles, ostensibly about social media but really a feminist coming-of-age story. It’s really stuck with me.” —Jessica Morgan of Go Fug Yourself
"[One of the] LGBTQ YA books you'll absolutely want to pick up this winter." —Buzzfeed
"I absolutely devoured this novel. Look digs deep into the ways we crave to be seen, and the blurred boundaries between real life and our online selves. Zan Romanoff's prose is smart, engaging, and exquisite. She's one of the best YA writers working today." —Brandy Colbert, Stonewall Award-winning author ofLittle & Lion
"Part coming-of-age story, part slow-burn romance, part feminist-manifesto." —SLJ
"Compelling [and] timely . . . A searing take on sexuality." —Kirkus
★ "Immediate . . . Deft . . . Astute . . . Compelling . . . Readers negotiating the sometimes buoyant, sometimes treacherous, nearly unavoidable currents of social media will find [Lulu’s] journey a gripping and credible exploration of the way image, gender issues, and contemporary culture intersect.” —BCCB (starred review)
“An incisive, tantalizing exploration into the minds of teen girls through the reality-distortion-field of social media. Look is smart, quick, and startlingly tender. I loved this book.” —Mary H. K. Choi, bestselling author of Emergency Contact
"[One of] the LGBTQ books that will change the literary landscape in 2020." —O Magazine
“Look is a sharp, layered critique of the legacy of the male gaze that lovingly captures the messiness of being a teenage girl constructing her identity one selfie at a time. It’s a beautiful, intimate novel. I loved it so much.” —Maurene Goo, award-winning author of The Way You Make Me Feel
“Smart, romantic, and deeply resonant. Lulu and Cass's journey across Los Angeles and deep into the glare of a social media spotlight was everything I hoped for and more.” —Robyn Schneider, bestselling author of The Beginning if Everything
“Lush and literary [and for] readers of Nina LaCour. Sharply incisive and, at times, deeply romantic, it's a narrative that doesn't underestimate its audience as it turns the spotlight on their intensely focused world.” —Booklist
Look is a love letter to the Selfie Generation [and a] much-appreciated feminist critique." —Shelf Awareness
“Look is for this very moment—a complex, empathic examination of identity and relationships in the digital era." —Amy Spalding, bestselling author of The Summer of Jordi Perez