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Asking for a Friend

  • ISBN 9781339027647, Hardback
  • 272 Pages | Ages 8 - 12

Eden Jones has exactly three friends. And they’re all fake.

Why go through the stress of making friends when you can just pretend? It works for Eden and their social anxiety . . . until their mom announces she’s throwing them a birthday party and all their friends are invited.

Eden’s “friends,” Duke, Ramona and Tabitha, are all real kids from school . . . but Eden’s never actually spoken to them before. Now Eden will do whatever it takes to convince them to be their friends — at least until the party is over. When things go better than Eden expects and the group starts to bond, Eden finds themselves trapped in a lie that gets worse the longer they keep it up. What happens if their now sort-of-real friends discover that Eden hasn’t been honest with them from the very start?

Author Ronnie Riley creates a world full of queer joy and all the ups and downs of true friendship.



“The characters are lovable if a bit smooth around the edges; even when they mess up, each has good intentions, and conflicts are handled in a textbook-perfect way. But Riley’s fictional world is one in which queer joy always triumphs, and that alone is a breath of fresh air.” — Kirkus Reviews

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English (US)

Selling Points

  • Author’s first book Jude Saves the World was highly acclaimed!
  • This story takes on a mental health issue in a relatable and compelling way with a main character who struggles with social anxiety.
  • A high-concept book that is full of heart, empathy and is ultimately a love story about true friendship.

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