Since the announcement of our three book deal with seventeen-year-old Wattpad sensation Beth Reekles , buzz has only continued to build for her debut novel THE KISSING BOOTH. The Today Show visited Beth and her friends and family in Wales last week, and their segment aired yesterday morning. Take a peek here. The e-book is on sale now (paperback edition to follow on May 14th), and Entertainment Weekly’s “Shelf Life” blog features an interview with Beth: “The teen E.L. James: Beth Reekles talks ‘The Kissing Booth,’ sex in YA, and French Homework”.
THE KISSING BOOTH grew out of Beth’s desire to write what she wanted to read. Tired of stories with “werewolves and vampires,” she wanted to write a love story teenagers like herself would want to have. The result is charming and flirty – a teen romance complete with a pretty, popular but never been kissed heroine, a bad-boy love interest, and the irresistible tension of a forbidden relationship.
Since first being uploaded to Wattpad, teens have flocked to THE KISSING BOOTH, and it has generated over 19 million reads and over 40, 000 comments and is the most-viewed, most talked-about teen fiction title on the site. Random House Children’s Publishers UK originally discovered her there, and their e-book, which just went on sale in December, has quickly risen to the top of the sales charts. Beth first began writing on an old laptop her father had given her for homework, and uploaded her stories to Wattpad without telling her parents what she was up to. Now, in a whirlwind span of just a few short months, Beth has gone from popular online writer to published author, with book deals on both sides of the pond, and all while simultaneously studying for her A-levels.
We are so excited to be publishing THE KISSING BOOTH, and to be working with Beth at the beginning of her career.