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First Read Alert: "Autumn's Wish" by Bella Thorne!

First Read Alert:

JJJ has such a treat for our readers today — we got our hands on an exclusive excerpt from Bella Thorne‘s upcoming novel, “Autumn’s Wish”!

In the third book of her trilogy, senior year is here, and everyone has a plan—except Autumn Falls. So many crazy-important decisions lie ahead, and she’s scared to make the wrong one.

So when she receives a magical locket that enables her to travel through time (!!!), Autumn hopes she can correct all her past mistakes—with her friends, with boys—and maybe even prevent her dad from dying. But the locket doesn’t work that way.

Instead, Autumn discovers that she’s only able to visit the future—and she doesn’t like what she sees. Autumn can change her destiny . . . but what does she really want?

“Autumn’s Wish” hits shelves and wherever books are sold on July 5th, and the second book, “Autumn’s Kiss” is available on paperback June 7th.

Connor Franta Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of His Book

Connor Franta Celebrates the One Year Anniversary of His Book

Connor Franta released his memoir “A Work in Progress” one year ago today (April 21) and he’s thanking his fans for all the support since publishing the book.

The 23-year-old YouTuber and author took to his Twitter to write a heartfelt note.

“Exactly 1 year ago today I released a little book that impacted me in more ways than I could have ever thought possible. It’s funny how life will throw the unexpected your way and how unimaginably incredible the outcome can be,” he wrote.

Connor added, “Thank you for preordering, attending the signings, posting breath-taking photos, tweeting, reviewing and simply reading my unfinished story.”

Read his whole note below…

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Keke Palmer Announces Book, 'I Don't Belong To You'

Keke Palmer Announces Book, 'I Don't Belong To You'

Keke Palmer is adding author to her impressive resume.

The 22-year-old actress and singer will publish “I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice” in October. It’s described as “an inspirational memoir and self-help guide”.

“The first idea to share it through a book was more about just ‘my life,’ like a memoir, and that didn’t really excite me. It took me years to get outside of myself, and in that process I realized there was more use for those experiences than just to grow myself,” Keke told THR.

She added, “The truth that I’m no more special than you – surprise surprise! I want to be a part of my generation in a way where I am constantly reminding them of how possible it is to live our dreams. It doesn’t mean that you have to be born with a charmed life, it means that it’s what YOU make of it. After they know my “uncut” story, so to speak, I hope that they can see how many similarities we have. Therefore, there’s nothing separating them from accomplishing their goals, just as I didn’t let anything stop me from accomplishing mine. It’s about the inner-hero we all have.”

Eden Sher to Publish a Book 'The Emotionary'

Eden Sher to Publish a Book 'The Emotionary'

Eden Sher has written a book!

The 24-year-old The Middle star is set to publish The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words that Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do this fall with Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers.

“When I found out Penguin wanted to make The Emotionary, I couldn’t believe I was going to get paid to be obsessive, neurotic and emotionally self-indulgent, all things I do for free,” Eden said in a statement. “I feel super apraziative* of them for giving me this platform to share my crazy with the rest of the world, and I hope this book makes others feel at least somewhat solidated**!”

*(amazed + appreciative) adj. in humble disbelief of another’s praise
**(solace + validated) adj. relieved from feeling wholly understood by another

The Emotionary is scheduled to hit shelves on October 18!

Lele Pons To Appear at YALLWEST Book Festival in April

Lele Pons To Appear at YALLWEST Book Festival in April

Lele Pons is coming to YALLWEST!

JJJ can exclusively reveal that the 19-year-old social star will stop by the annual youth and young adult book fest on Saturday, April 30th where she’ll be interviewed by one of our fave authors, Melissa de la Cruz.

Lele and Melissa will chat about her new novel, “Surviving High School” which is out on April 5th, in Santa Monica High School’s North Gym, just after a fan meet and greet with Lele.

Since Lele is insanely popular, the event will require a free ticket reservation in advance. Head to YallWest.com for more details!

Shawn Johnson To Debut YA Novel 'The Flip Side' on June 7th!

Shawn Johnson To Debut YA Novel 'The Flip Side' on June 7th!

You heard right, Shawn Johnson is now a fiction writer!

The 24-year-old Olympian, and soon-to-be bride, will debut her first novel, “The Flip Side” in June!

“I am beyond excited to share ‘The Flip Side’ with teen readers! Working with Simon & Schuster on this story brought back so many amazing memories of my teenage years, training for the Olympics, and everything it entails,” Shawn shared in a statement.

Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, “The Flip Side” features high school sophomore Charlie Ryland and her secret quest to become one of the best gymnasts on the planet. Charlie may seem like your average high school teen—but she’s just really good at pretending. Outside of school, Charlie spends all her waking hours training and is determined to keep her double life under wraps.

“The Flip Side” will hit shelves on June 7th, just as the 2016 Summer Olympic Games are getting started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

First Read & Cover Debut Alert: "Return To Isle of the Lost" by Melissa de la Cruz!

First Read & Cover Debut Alert:

How stunning is the cover of “Return To The Isle of the Lost”?!

The JJJ Book Club has the pleasure of debuting the cover, AND, we’ve even got an excerpt from chapter 1 from the book by Melissa de la Cruz.

Here’s the “Return To The Isle of the Lost” official summary: Mal’s an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she’s broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can’t believe it. Sure, she’s King Ben’s girlfriend now, and she’s usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn’t think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around.

The thing is, it kind of worked. Especially since she and her friends have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages. And when Evie looks into her magic mirror, what she sees only confirms their fears. Maleficent’s just a tiny lizard after her run-in with Mal at Ben’s Coronation, but she’s the worst villain in the land for a reason. Could she have found a way to escape? Whatever’s going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the Isle and get to the bottom of it.

Without its infamous leader, the island’s even worse than when they left it, but the comforts of home—even a home as gloomy as the Isle of the Lost—can be hard to resist for recently reformed villains. Will the kids be able to beat the evil bubbling at the Isle’s wicked core, or will the plot to destroy Auradon succeed?

“Return To Isle of the Lost” hits shelves on May 24th!

JJJ Note: The new book is not related in any way to the upcoming Descendants sequel movie.

John Green Tweets About 'Looking For Alaska' Movie & It's Not Looking Good

John Green Tweets About 'Looking For Alaska' Movie & It's Not Looking Good

When the movie adaption for John Green‘s “Looking For Alaska” was getting underway last year, JJJ was super excited!

However, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting that movie anytime soon nor will John be involved in the project at all — and we’re not happy about it, and neither are fans.

“Okay, I have a kind of important announcement. I don’t usually prepare you with pre-announcement tweets, but I think it’s warranted here,” John started out. “Okay. Are you ready? Here is the announcement: I do not cast movies.”

He continued in some now deleted tweets: “In fact, the movie studio that owns the rights to the book in question won’t return my phone calls. They haven’t for months…I don’t think they like me. The feeling is profoundly mutual. So I can’t even get someone to answer the telephone, let alone cast a film.”

In a recent vlog, John expressed interest in buying the rights to the book back from Paramount — but that’s not looking good either.

“At this point I’m not involved in the project in any way,” he said. “I’m not going to lie, it definitely bums me out.”

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