Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Joya Goffney grew up in New Waverly, a small town in East Texas. In high school, she challenged herself with to-do lists full of risk-taking items, like "hug a random boy" and "eat a cricket," which inspired her debut novel, Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry. With a passion for Black social psychology, she moved out of the countryside to attend the University of Texas in Austin, where she still resides.


"At its heart, this is a story about finding the courage to be honest and take risks and the freedom that follows from embracing authenticity. A perfect mix of humor and romance--and a source of inspiration for being brave." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"With the help of some of her classmates, Quinn unpacks what it means to be Black and creates lasting relationships that help her flourish... This authentic look at the teen years will undoubtedly delight readers." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Filled with compelling conversations about race, friendship, honesty and the importance of authenticity, this book is a wonder, and is perfect for readers of all ages." -- Today Show

"A fun, emotionally rich romance. Alongside the thrills and messiness of young love, Joya Goffney explores themes of bravery, friendship, and race. In Quinn, she creates a sweet, imperfect character who will win your heart." -- Liara Tamani, author of All the Things We Never Knew

"Joya Goffney paints a hilarious and swoon worthy story about friendship, family, overcoming your fears and falling in love. The chemistry between Quinn and Carter is electric, and this debut left me completely charmed." -- Kristina Forest, author of Now That I've Found You