Jamie Beth Cohen will be signing copies of her Young Adult novel, "Wasted Pretty" outside Farley's Bookshop at 44 S. Main St., New Hope, PA on May 25th, 2019 from 1-4pm.
"I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and currently live in Lancaster County, PA with my husband, our two children and our cat. My seventeen years outside of the Keystone state took me to Fairfax, VA; New York City; College Park, MD and Los Angeles, CA.
I am a graduate of The Ellis School for Girls and have studied writing at Long Lake Camp for the Arts, the (now, sadly defunct) Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts at Mercyhurst College (where I later served as the Assistant Resident Director), and George Mason University where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in English/Writing with a minor in Art History. I have a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College - City University of New York.
My non-fiction has appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, TeenVogue.com and many other outlets. My poems have been published in Loyalhanna Review and Crossing Limits: African Americans and American Jews.
All I have ever wanted to do is write, but I have done a number of other things in the service of feeding, clothing and sheltering myself and my family. My favorite job was scooping ice cream when I was sixteen years old. I think everything about sixteen was wonderful and amazing, except all the stuff that was horrible."
About the Book:
During junior year of high school, star student and stellar lacrosse player Alice Burton grew four inches, and, thanks to her mom’s experimental health food products, shed twenty pounds. Alice has mixed feelings about her surprising transformation.
On the plus side: Chris Thompson, the hot college guy she has a crush on, talks to her.
On the minus side: Her dad's creepy friend, professional athlete Karl Bell, lets his eyes, and his hugs, linger too long.
After a disturbing encounter in a dark hallway, Alice realizes the response some men have to her new body isn’t just disgusting, it’s dangerous. Her life is further complicated by her parents’ crumbling finances and the family’s entanglement with Karl.
Set in Pittsburgh in 1992, Wasted Pretty is about a girl determined to protect her body, her future, and her heart.