New York Times Review

I’m so excited to share that Right Where I Left You received a wonderful review from the New York Times!

“Some books are downright fun, and Right Where I Left You is one . . . Winters sends a quiet but important message that queer Black and brown kids deserve to live happily ever after too. . . Winters weaves all of these threads—the romance, the relatable anxiety, the message — into a book that, like a crush, you won’t be able to get out of your head.”

You can read MJ Franklin’s full review here.

RIGHT WHERE I LEFT YOU Preorder Campaign!

Introducing the RIGHT WHERE I LEFT YOU Preorder Campaign! This preorder giveaway is open internationally! Campaign closes on March 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET.

Submit your preorder receipts here to receive…

  • 5×7 character art card of Isaac, Diego, and Davi (Artist: Mars)
  • 2×8 double-sided bookmark

If you preorder from Little Shop of Stories, you’ll also receive:

  •  an EXCLUSIVE 5×7 art card of Isaac daydreaming about his favorite comic book ship! (Artist: Mars)

The first 20 preorders submitted will also receive:

  • a SUPERHERO drawstring backpack (Backpacks open to U.S. Only)

All items available while supplies last! More information available on Google Form!

 

Cover Reveal: RIGHT WHERE I LEFT YOU

Coming March 15, 2022: School’s out, senior year is over, and Isaac Martin is ready to kick off summer. His last before heading off to college in the fall where he won’t have his best friend, Diego. But what happens when an old crush returns and creates a rift between Isaac and Diego that puts them both in a position to figure out who they are as individuals and to each other?

Available NOW: The Summer of Everything

2020 Junior Library Guild Gold Selection

★ Review from ALA Booklist

“Julian Winters always writes with tenderness and care and respect for teen readers. The Summer of Everything is a big-hearted romance that gives queer boys of color the happily ever after they deserve.”—Kacen Callender, Bestselling author of Felix Ever After

“There’s so much to love in Julian Winters’ THE SUMMER OF EVERYTHING: A delightfully heartwarming, super-supportive, diverse group of friends, a beloved indie bookstore, and, of course, Wesley Hudson. Wes’ struggles to figure out life and love were so incredibly relatable, and I cheered for him every step of the way. A must-have for every YA bookshelf!”—Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author

“Winters does it again: a book about friendship, love, community, and the sometimes meandering path to adulthood, all in a great bear hug of a book that will keep your summer going.” —L.C. Rosen, author of Camp

Adulting is hard. Just ask Wes Hudson. An avid comic book geek, Wes excels at two things: slacking off and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local indie bookstore, is threatened when a coffee shop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his family won’t stop pestering him about picking a college major. When all three problems converge, Wes must face the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood.

Release Date Change: The Summer of Everything

Due to our current global situation, my publisher and I have decided it would be best to move the release of my next YA book, The Summer of Everything, to September 8, 2020 to hopefully allow more interaction between myself and readers. But I promise the wait for this love letter to Southern California, indie bookstores, ’90s music, and teens trying to figure themselves out before college starts will be worth it!

You can still pre-order a copy here!

Announcing: RIGHT WHERE I LEFT YOU

I’m super stoked to announce I have another YA novel, Right Where I Left You, coming out in Spring 2022 from Viking/Penguin. This book is all about family, friendships, social anxiety, comic books and conventions, massive, nerdy crushes, and learning to move on.

Cover Reveal: The Summer of Everything

It’s finally here! The cover for my third Young Adult novel, The Summer of Everything, has debuted thanks to Paste Magazine. Once again, the beautiful design was created by the marvelously talented C.B. Messer. If you head over to Paste Magazine, you can read an exclusive excerpt from the book that comes out August 4, 2020!

This summer is going to change everything.

Holy New Book, Batman!

I’m so thrilled to announce that my third Young Adult Contemporary novel, The Summer of Everything, will be published by Duet Books (Interlude Press) August 2020. This fun, Santa Monica-based book follows Wes Hudson on his journey to the one place he’s feared most: adulthood. It’s a love song to the impact of independent bookstores, ’90s music, friendship crushes, and finding your path… even when you have no clue what it’s supposed to look like.