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Check out TORCHED by Andrea Lynn Colt!

I’m so happy to have Andrea Lynn Colt on my blog today. I loved her new book TORCHED (Find out more about it below).

I asked Andrea: What are some YA romantic comedies that you admire or are inspired by? 

Andrea: Ooh, I love romantic comedies! I have to say I didn’t set out to write one intentionally (in my head Torched was more mystery than rom-com) but that’s where my writing heart took me 🙂

I’ve heard Torched described as “what would happen if Courtney Summers and Stephanie Perkins had sexy arson babies,”* and I definitely love both of those authors’ books! Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door are such great YA romances, and Summers’ Some Girls Are also features a popular girl who falls from grace, as in Torched (though Summers’ book is a bit darker).

Some of my favorite recent YA romantic comedies are Miranda’s, honestly! I’ve read all of them (even the yet to be released ones!), and I admire Catching Jordan for the strong heroine and the group camaraderie, Stealing Parker for the funny heroine who makes mistakes but finds her path anyway, and Things I Can’t Forget for the conflicted heroine who wrestles with her beliefs and choices while falling in love for the first time.

Basically, I love well-drawn heroines who balance humor with heartache 🙂 Another book I thought did that well was The Duff by Kody Keplinger. Witty, feisty heroines are so entertaining!

When I read Kristin Walker’s A Match Made in High School, I loved it because it has a prank war! In Torched, Rose and Paxton have been feuding with their own prank war since middle school, which made reading about the inventive pranks in Walker’s book so fun.

Similarly, I loved The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, because yay, more pranks! And these are smarty, witty, complicated pranks. That, along with a perceptive character who won’t be put in her place, make this book one of my favorites.

Two YA rom-coms that look fantastic and are on my To Be Read list are The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith, and Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell. Any others I should put on the list?

Miranda, thanks so much for having me here, and thank you ten million times for the lovely blurb on Torched‘s cover!


*so sayeth Lindsay Smith, of the upcoming Sekret.


Here’s a summary of TORCHED:

Rose Whitfield’s senior year just went up in smoke. Instead of having a blast with her best friend, her cheerleading squad, and her boyfriend Ryan, she’s framed for arson. Popularity and criminal records don’t mix, apparently.

Luckily, Rose knows exactly who’s framing her: Paxton Callaway. Paxton and Rose have spent years locked in a war of practical jokes. This time he’s gone too far. Rose sets out to prove her innocence, win Ryan back, and take Paxton down hard. Not necessarily in that order.



Check out www.lynncolt.com for excerpts and buy links.

Bio: Andrea Lynn Colt grew up laughing, reading, and squabbling with her twin. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her fiancé, a fridge full of cheese, and two muses in feline form. Visit www.lynncolt.com to get to know her better.

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  1. Lindsay says:

    Ooh, more contemp book recommendations! Miranda is always a font of knowledge on those, but the ones Andrea mentioned sound great, too. Definitely want to check out The Disreputable History… Thanks, gals!

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