Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey
Publication Date: Sept 22, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: YA Contemporary
Sixteen-year-old Max Prescott knows all too well the joys of cheating girlfriends and traitorous friends. He’s not eager to have his heart trampled again, but money and a fresh start can mean the difference between happiness and a dark path with his name on it.
So when Melly Hewson, a perky and enigmatic classmate, asks him to be her model for a year-long photography project, Max agrees. Melly Hewson is everything Max isn’t. She’s outgoing, witty and always knows the right words to say. And despite his best efforts, Max finds himself drawn to her.
Still, he isn’t stupid. He knows a girl like Melly will only use him and then never speak to him again. Besides, he’s been to that rodeo. As long as he keeps his feelings off the market, he won’t make the same mistakes as last time.
Yet underneath Melly’s sweet smiles lies a secret she’d rather kept hidden. And as the year goes on and the photos pile up, Max and Melly will find themselves developing through the negatives, a story that when told could push them to opposite ends of their world. But the only thing worst than the truth is, the facade that surrounds them.
Before I became an author, I was a reader too, and still am. I finished my homework in class so I could read. I read books the whole way back from school. On too many nights, I stayed up turning pages knowing I wouldn’t be able to go to bed until I finished the novel, knowing I would feel my sleepiness in the morning but also knowing it was worth it to enjoy the story all in one sitting.
Yet out of all the amazing books and stories the world has offered, a select few are more memorable than their friends on the shelves. The stories I recommend to friends and talk about with people are the ones that left me sprawled on my bed, staring at my ceiling, thinking about the things in life that we’ve taken for granted or haven’t paused to think about. Nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than seeing a person read in a coffee shop or in the park when I take my dog, Waffles, for a relaxing walk. It reminds me that I am not alone in my love of books and tells me that I have many things in common with this person, even if we never get the chance to speak.
With PICTURE IMPERFECT, my goal is to leave readers with the same feeling I crave after I finish a book. I want people to think about flaws and imperfections, the fact that we all struggle and hide things from our close friends. Sometimes, the story will be funny. Sometimes, it will be cute. But above all, it will address real issues that people have faced and continue to struggle with. I always write to understand people who aren’t like me, whether it’s ethnicity, family life, or life experiences that I haven’t personally faced. By writing about these issues, I understand my fellow human beings just a little more, and teaches me to treat people with more kindness, respect, and empathy. I hope my writing will do the same for you.
Thank you for giving my work a chance and for loving words as much as I do. I am thankful beyond words that I get to share PICTURE IMPERFECT with the world. My only hope is that I have earned my audience and that I can offer you something intangible that can’t be put into words.
With much love and gratitude,
ABOUT JELSA MEPSEY:
Jelsa Mepsey writes young adult contemporary romance fiction, drawing inspiration from daily life. With her work, she is dedicated to spurring people to think about what they have taken for granted and to shed light on the issues people avoid talking about. As an Asian-American in her 20s, she is excited to explore more of the human experience as she herself journeys through life. Writing, rock climbing 5.12 routes, and playing various instruments have resulted in the formation of many calluses on her hands over the years. When not engaging in her previously mentioned hobbies, Jelsa can be found at her local library with a stack of at least ten books, naming her various pens, or staring at her dog Waffles for inspiration.
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