Happily & Madly


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Maris Brown has been told two things about her destiny:
1. She will fall happily and madly in love.
2. She could be dead before she turns eighteen.
The summer before that fateful birthday, Maris is in the wealthy beach town of Cross Cove with her estranged father and his new family--and the infamous Duvals. Since the youngest member of the Duval family, Edison, is back from college and back in the arms of Maris’s new stepsister, her summer looks to be a long string of lazy days on the Duval's lush beach.

But Edison is hiding something. And the more Maris learns about him, the more she’s given signs that she should stay as far away from him as possible. As wrong as it is, Maris is drawn to him. Around Edison, she feels truly alive and she's not willing to give that up. Even if it means a collision course with destiny.

"Sexy and surprising, with sinister twists and turns lurking beneath the surface.”―Kara Thomas, award-winning author of The Cheerleaders

"Forbidden romance, dark family secrets, twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end―get ready to fall madly and deeply for your next favorite YA romantic thriller."―Kim Liggett, author of The Grace Year

"Sophisticated and smart, Happily and Madly is everything you want in a summer read: a lavish beach setting, a troubled family, forbidden love, and a slow-burning mystery that sinks in its hooks and doesn’t let go until the last page. I’m still thinking about it." ―Virginia Boecker, author of An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason

“This lush and slow-burning mystery by Bass (Love and Other Theories, 2014; What's Broken Between Us, 2015) is intoxicating and exhilarating and will enthrall young readers and mystery fans alike. Readers will be hard-pressed to unravel the mystery before the last page.”Booklist

"This masterfully paced crime thriller grabs readers from the get-go and does not let up, pulling them along with Maris down a twisting path through blind alleys, past red herrings, and into an enticingly complex web of deceit, money, and power. The emotional backdrop of her difficulties with her father and her rebellion against him gives her character depth and also provides the setup for an even more chilling twist."Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Get the audio-book here.

Love and Other Theories


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If you want more, you have to give less. 

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart. 

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love. 

  “Careful, subtle and aching. ” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

“Warning: Bass’s debut novel will ignite ALL your feelings!” -Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy 

“I loved LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES. Alexis Bass writes a compelling critique of the ways society expects girls to behave in their relationships, the lies girls tell each other–and themselves–to keep from getting hurt, and, when all is said and done, how only the heart knows the truth.” – Kristin Halbrook, author of Nobody But Us and co-founder of YA Highway 

“Alexis Bass masterfully captures all the complexities of high school relationships. A lovely debut.” – Amanda Maciel, author of Tease 

“A bold debut that authentically captures the frenzy of love, lust, and senior year of high school!” -Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary 

Love and Other Theories challenged my assumptions, dared me to think differently and burrowed into my heart. A heart-achingly beautiful story about whether it is better to protect your heart or to take the biggest risk of all.” -Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds 

“In her debut novel, Bass provides honest, incisive, and sometimes uncomfortable insights into the complicated intersections of friendship and romance, the ways sex can be wielded as a weapon, and the measures some teens take to protect themselves from pain.” —Publishers Weekly 

“Bass’s debut is an entertaining perspective on the battlefield of the teen dating world.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) 

Also available as an audio-book. Listen to a sample here.      

Love and Other Theories Book Club Discussion Guide 

Foreign publishers include: AST (Russia) and Kilavuz (Turkey).       

What's Broken Between Us


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Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive. 

Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be? 

A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart’s brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he’s coming home from prison. Amanda’s been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother’s recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he’s a monster. Still, she loves him. It’s her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again–whose sister is paralyzed from the accident. 

A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she’ll let his choice destroy hers. 

“Rather than placing judgments, Bass focuses on her characters’ emotional scars and strained relationships as they quietly grieve lost life and innocence.” – Publisher’s Weekly 

“This well-done realistic novel presents an honest look at the aftermath of bad decisions. VERDICT: Hand this to fans of Lurlene McDaniel and Simone Elkeles; purchase where realistic YA fiction is in demand.” – School Library Journal  

“There is no “problem of the week” movie ending, reconciliation, or redemption, but life asserts itself and change occurs…it is, in varying degrees, what many students are trying to navigate. Readers who gravitate towards more somber realistic fiction will enjoy traveling Amanda’s road with her.” – VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)