The Most-Anticipated Young Adult Novel of 2020
A humorous coming-of-age novel for teens
By: L.L. Abbott Publication Date: October 1st, 2020 Pages: 216 Paperback ISBN: 978-1989325-19-3 eBook ISBN: 978-1989325-20-9
Canadian author, L.L. Abbott, enters the Teen-YA literary landscape with “UNfollowED”, a humorous adolescent coming-of-age novel that follows four teens as they enter the most difficult point in their lives. Their first year of high school.
Jayson is obsessed with social media and being 'followed' - but when he is ready to start high school and his life is turned upside down, he must decide what's important. His parents won’t talk about his sister’s attempted suicide, his grandmother dies when he is in the room alone with her (revealing a family secret he can’t share), his best friend is moving away, and for the last three years he hasn’t been able to shake the nickname he was blasted with in gym class. As the four teens get to know each other, Jayson realizes that each of them has their own hurdle to overcome and that they may not be as different from each other as he once thought.
“UNfollowED” allows the reader to experience characteristic teen pressure in the same way teens do. Through the normal course of their day, and sometimes in a haphazard and humorous manner. Peer pressure, family pressure, questions about religion, sexuality and the ever-present burden of social media and how the number of followers is believed to equate to their self-worth.
The author wants readers, young and old, to take away a sense of optimism after reading this story, which she wanted to release in the Fall when a new year of school is beginning. The feeling that even when things don’t seem to be going your way that happy endings are possible, even if the end of your story isn't quite as you had imagined.
L.L. Abbott is a prolific author, having self-published 12 books in the last 2 years. She has spent many years providing copywriting and web content services for small businesses across Canada while building and running a small online business herself.