Anica Mrose Rissi

marlene lopez

Anica Mrose Rissi is the author of Anna, Banana, and the Friendship Split and other books in the Anna, Banana chapter-book series, the picture books The Teacher’s Pet and Watch Out for Wolf!, and more. Her essays have been published by Italian Cooking & Living, The Writer, and the New York Times. She plays fiddle and write lyrics for the electro-country band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves. She is the author of Always Forever Maybe (Harper Teen), a powerful YA debut, told with astonishing insight and wit, about the depths and boundaries of true friendship and obsessive teenage love. When Betts meets Aiden at the candy store where she works, their connection is like a sugar rush to the heart. Betts already knows the two of them are infinite. Inevitable. Destined to become an us. Betts has only ever kept one secret from her best friend, Jo, but suddenly there’s a long list of things she won’t tell her, things Jo wouldn’t understand. Because Jo doesn’t see how good Aiden is for Betts. She finds him needy. Possessive. Controlling. She’s wrong. With a love like this, nothing else matters.