Kissing Max Holden
Swoon Reads/Macmillan, August 1st, 2017


After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?


Full of wit, humor, and spine-tingling smooches, Kissing Max Holden combines the classic themes of contemporary romance with riveting family drama. I literally could not put this book down and would buy a physical copy for my shelf in a heartbeat. I can’t wait to read what Katy writes next.
~ Erin Bowman, author of Vengeance Road and the Taken Trilogy

Sarah Dessen fans rejoice — you are going to love Kissing Max Holden!
~ Lisa Schroeder, author of Chasing Brooklyn

In her debut, Kissing Max Holden, Katy Upperman weaves a story that crackles with romantic tension while exploring complex issues through real, flawed, lovable characters.  Full of humor and heart, this one is sure to be a new favorite for contemporary lovers!
~ Jessi Kirby, author of Things We Know By Heart

A moving book with depth, Kissing Max Holden is perfect for readers wanting a strong female character in a realistic romance. Wonderfully written and swoony.
~ Miranda Kenneally, author of Catching Jordan and Jesse’s Girl

Kissing Max Holden is like the perfect slice of pumpkin pie: it’s equal parts sweet and spicy, and you can’t get enough of it! What a treat!
~ Jessica Love, author of In Real Life


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The Impossibility of Us
Swoon Reads/Macmillan, July 31, 2018 

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The last thing Elise wants is to start her senior year in a new town. But after her brother’s death in Afghanistan, she and her mother move from San Francisco to a sleepy coastal village. When Elise meets Mati, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Mati is new to town too, visiting the U.S. with his family.

Over the course of the summer, their relationship begins to blossom, and what starts out as a friendship becomes so much more. But as Elise and Mati grow closer, her family becomes more and more uncomfortable with their relationship, and their concerns all center on one fact—Mati is Afghan.

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, The Impossibility of Us asks—how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?


 A poignant reminder that the world isn’t black and white, The Impossibility of Us crackles with chemistry and will fill you with hope.

~ Gina Ciocca, author of Last Year’s Mistake, Busted, and A Kiss in the Dark

The Impossibility of Us is such a sweet story of tolerance, hope, and love. It’s a timely one too. As we mourn the rise of bigotry and xenophobia, stories like this offer reassurance that there is still goodness in the human spirit. Katy Upperman does not shy away from including problematic opinions among her characters, but she also shares intelligent, thoughtful and poetic responses to them. This is the age old story of star cross’d lovers retold beautifully for the challenging world we live in today.
~ Caroline Leech, author of Wait For Me and In Another Time

Tender, romantic and realistic, The Impossibility of Us is the story of a strong girl growing stronger and a boy surrendering to the power of a love that seems impossible… It will linger in your mind and your heart.
~ Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door, What I Thought Was True, and The Boy Most Likely To

Katy Upperman’s The Impossibility of Us runs the gamut, from laughs to swoons, from goosebumps to tears. It’s a soaring, beautiful romance, for sure, but there are also so many powerful messages about loss, desertion, racism, tolerance, love, equality, selflessness, friendship, family, and kindness. Touching, well written, and impressively honest, The Impossibility of Us is not to be missed.
~ Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing and The Leading Edge of Now


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