Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
In the words of her father, Kendra Fortmeyer was “born in a barn and raised in a stable environment.” She grew up in the lush woods of central North Carolina, surrounded by stacks of books from her local small-town library.
Now a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer, Kendra has been recognized by grants from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Dafna Zamarripa-Gensundheit Prize, and the Michener Center for Writers, and her writing has appeared in The Best American Nonrequired Reading, One Story, Lightspeed, The Toast, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in fiction from the New Writers Project at UT Austin, and is a 2016 graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop.
HOLE IN THE MIDDLE, her debut magical realist YA novel that challenges the way society teaches girls to think about their bodies, is available now.