Product Details

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.9 X 8.2 X 1.4 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Scott Brown grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and began his career in journalism writing for Entertainment Weekly, Wired, GQ, and Time, among others. He was chief drama critic for New York Magazine from 2010 to 2014, and received the 2013-2013 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Lately, he's written a lot of TV: HBO's Sharp Objects, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn; WGN's critically acclaimed Manhattan, and the Stephen-King-derived suspenser Castle Rock for Hulu, for which he received a 2018 Writers Guild Award.

Scott also co-wrote the book for Beetlejuice the Musical (with Emmy-nominated writer-producer Anthony King) for Warner Bros. Theatricals. Also with King, he co-wrote and co-composed the off-Broadway musical comedy Gutenberg! The Musical! Off the clock, Scott likes to play piano, hang out with his kids, and scream back at the car radio. He lives in Massachusetts. Learn more about Scott on Twitter at @scottabridged.


"A witty, remarkable tale of friendship, acceptance, and, yes, growth that will charm adults as well as younger readers. Outsized in heart and humanity, XL is a YA novel that's destined to become a classic." --GILLIAN FLYNN, bestselling author of Gone Girl and Sharp Objects

"This book is a twirling, swirling attack on insecurity that reminded me how hard it is to grow up. This book is so good, I want to punch Scott Brown in the face, which I know is extra horrible, since I am much taller." --JOEL STEIN, humanitarian and author of Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

"It's a cliché to say I couldn't put this book down, but it's also the truth. With a heart as big as its protagonist, and a voice as hilarious as it is poignant, XL is an exceptional YA debut." --JENNIFER E. SMITH, bestselling author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Field Notes on Love

"XL is going to be huge! It's about the giant risks we take for our first love, the ways in which growing up sometimes feels like it happens to us, instead of by us, and how we all must learn to understand our own strength. I loved Will Daughtry at every height. You will too." --JULIE BUXBAUM, New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and Hope and Other Punchlines