Bad at Love (Paperback)
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"An open-hearted exploration of loneliness and love against the backdrop of the vibrant L.A. music scene."—Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys
This fun and flirty romance follows a teen rocker with a bad boy reputation and the aspiring journalist who’s determined to dig up the dirt on him . . . if they don’t fall for each other first.
Ever since Daniel moved to L.A. from Brazil to join the band Mischief & Mayhem, he’s become the tabloids’ bad boy. Paparazzi follow him and girls swoon over him . . . except for Sasha, who hates bad boys. When a chance encounter brings them together, Sasha sees an opportunity to get close to Daniel and write a story that will make a name for herself at the celebrity gossip magazine where she interns. But Daniel is surprisingly sweet and extremely cute—could she be falling for him?
The truth is: Daniel is hiding something. When Sasha discovers his secret, will she follow her heart or deliver the hottest story of the summer?
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About the Author
Gabriela Martins is a Brazilian kidlit author and linguist. Her stories feature Brazilian characters finding themselves and love. She was a high school teacher and has also worked as a TED Ed-Club facilitator, where she helped teens develop their own talks in TED format. She edited and self-published a pro-bono LGBTQ+ anthology (Keep Faith) with all funds going to queer people in need. When she's not writing, she can be found cuddling with her two cats or singing loudly and off-key. Gabriela is the author of Like a Love Song.
"An open-hearted exploration of loneliness and love, in both platonic and romantic relationships. Gabriela Martins does a wonderful job of balancing humor, turmoil and an achingly sincere romance against the backdrop of the vibrant LA music scene."—Aiden Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of Cemetery Boys
"A+ wholesome romantic content. A story about falling in love while pursuing your dreams with all your heart, I’m obsessed with Bad at Love!"—Axie Oh, author of XOXO
“Coupling romcom tropes with a cast of characters I instantly fell head over heels for, Bad at Love is a warm hug laced with humor, yearning, and Brazilian pride.”—Emery Lee, author of Meet Cute Diary
"A relatable, fun, and flirty rom-com about two people trying to find who they are."—Louisa Onomé, author of Like Home and Twice As Perfect
"A quick-paced plot and fluid prose make for an enjoyable read as the teens muddle through a blooming romance complicated by ulterior motives and Daniel’s celebrity status. As they grow closer, Sasha and Daniel also meaningfully engage in introspection about their sexuality and heritage, including issues relating to the diaspora and colorism. A sweet, heartfelt romance that thoughtfully explores identity and belonging."—Kirkus Reviews