Group Discussion Announcement: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute

Pink cover with tall evergreen trees in the background on the left. A smiling young Black man and woman carrying backpacks are walking closely on the right side of the cover.

Our first group discussion of the year will be with Talia Hibbert’s rom-com Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute. We’ll be reading during February and will post our discussion on March 8th. This is first release from the Imprint Joy Revolution that is led by Nicola Yoon and David Yoon and joy seems like a fun way to start the new year. We’d love to have you read along and share your thoughts. Here’s a brief trailer and summary.

Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine.

Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption–yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.)

These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her.

Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?

If you want to know even more, check out this discussion with the author from last month.