Three Things About Emmy Crawford (Hardcover)

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Three Things About Emmy Crawford (Hardcover)


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In this coming-of-age novel perfect for fans of Lynn Painter and Rebecca Lynn Solomon, nothing can derail Emmy Crawford, the type-A daughter of a senator, from relentlessly pursuing her dreams—not Crohn’s disease, the paparazzi, or even heartbreak.

There are three things high school senior Emmy Crawford will accomplish, no matter what: 

  1. Taking Nationals in debate this season.
  2. Shielding her sister, Issy, from anything that could hurt her, especially her anxiety.
  3. Representing her family well, since her mom may be the next president.

And nothing can get in Emmy's way. Not Crohn’s disease, even if her gut has been acting up. Not the paparazzi, who snap any photos they can get of the daughters of a presidential candidate. And definitely not her feelings for Gabe Castillo, the only debater in DC who stands a chance at beating her—and who she used to be on secret kissing terms with, before he ghosted her. When Gabe unexpectedly returns to the debate scene and Issy starts crushing on him, Emmy works harder than ever to keep her eyes on winning and off her aching heart and body, because the alternative means losing the three things that matter most. 

Allison L. Bitz hails from Lincoln, Nebraska, where she lives with her spouse and two kids. Her superpower is empathy, and she’s been known to have resting tell-me-your-life-story face. Allison holds a PhD in counseling psychology and has worked as a licensed psychologist since 2012. When she’s not working on a novel or counseling, Allison is more than likely writing a song, getting riled up about something political, or trying to track down a pastry to enjoy with her coffee. She has a soft spot for rescue animals, which are vying for species majority in her home (two perfect dogs, two ornery cats). The Unstoppable Bridget Bloom is her debut novel. You can learn more about Allison at or follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok @AllisonLBitz. 

"THREE THINGS ABOUT EMMY CRAWFORD delivers on everything I look for in a YA novel, then delivers even more. Bitz effortlessly weaves together the day-to-day realities of chronic illness with a funny and fresh take on academic rivals-to-lovers, and it Works with a capital W! Emotional, sweet, and ridiculously swoony, this book is a must-read." — Lynn Painter, New York Times Bestselling author 

The votes are in: Three Things About Emmy Crawford wins for its sharp portrayal of real issues teens care about, sparkling debate team hijinks, and thoughtfully drawn relationships. Sisterhood and slow-burn romance meld in this delightful story. You won’t stop at three things to love about Emmy.
Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times bestselling author of A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

Emmy Crawford is a heartfelt exploration of what it means to learn how to live in the body you have when challenges with sisterhood, romance, family life in politics, and a front-running spot on the debate team demands otherwise. This coming-of-age tale will resonate with readers for its sharpness, wit, and the intriguing realities of life in the public eye.” — Joan F. Smith, author of The Other Side of Infinity and The Half-Orphan’s Handbook

“Told with nuance, candor, and understanding, Bitz’s characters weave through issues of anxiety and chronic illness and a shot at debate team nationals. Readers will cheer for Emmy to be seen for her successes as well as her heart, bravery, and ability to let others into a world she's hidden away.”—Gretchen Schreiber, author of Ellie Haycock Is Totally NormalGretchen Schreiber, author of Ellie Haycock Is Totally Normal