New Young Adult Book by 16-year-old author Ava Fumarolo
People Like Me ;) is a story that follows six teenagers that come from a variety of backgrounds. One night, they each decided to join the app People Like Me ;) to be put into a chat room to find people like them. It had been a year since their first interaction, and they decided it was time to meet face to face. The six teenagers that call themselves the misfits head out to sunny California for a weekend to escape their everyday lives and feel free for once. While in California everyone is looking for something in themselves that only others can bring out.
I am Ava Fumarolo, author of People Like Me ;), and I am from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. For my whole life I have loved storytelling, whether that be making mini movies or writing stories. I also enjoy playing sports, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and family. To you I may seem like an average teenager, and I am. But, that very idea of me being the most average teeneger sparked the idea for People Like Me :). Oftentimes I'll find myself wondering, what else is out there for me? The idea of having a whole world to explore just thrills me each time I think about it. Sometimes I think, what if I ran away? Now, in retrospect the idea of running away is always diminished by logic. I won't have money, and I won't have anywhere to go, and I'd miss my family too much. But, what if there was a way to escape your everyday life for a little bit and then return as if it was just a vacation? Well, that is exactly what People Like Me ;) is.
Each character, Paige, Kevin, Lucas, Cassiday, Taylor, and Bae, are inspired by stereotypical teenagers. Considering I am in the prime of my adolescence I know a thing or two about what it is actually like to be a teenager. From my own experiences, to stories I've heard, and my imagination, I brought six new teenagers anyone can find a way to relate to into the world. People Like Me ;) is a perfect way to either remember what it was like to be a teenager again, or to feel like the characters are your friends (or enemies). You can pick up your paperback or ebook copy on amazon.com and soon on barnesandnobles.com. Follow me on Instagram @avafumaroloauthor for more information and book talk.