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Black & White to publish Wattpad YA wonder Lauren Price

Black & White Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Books UK, is to publish Behind Frenemy Lines by Wattpad sensation Lauren Price.

World English rights for Behind Frenemy Lines were acquired from Joanna Swainson at Hardman & Swainson by Campbell Brown, managing director at Black & White Publishing.

The book follows star student Erika Monroe who is approached to plot the expulsion of Chase Thatcher in return for a scholarship to her dream college. She finds the idea of ending his reign as Lindale High’s notorious flirt and rule-breaker too tempting to refuse.

But as Erika finds herself increasingly entangled in a web of lies, moral dilemmas, and bad behavior (not to mention those pesky feelings), it quickly becomes clear that her path to Stanford won’t be as clear-cut as she had hoped. Confronted by decisions about who she is and what she stands for, how long can Erika continue to hide behind frenemy lines?

Brimming with excitement and laugh-out-loud moments, this sharp-eyed take on the twists and turns of teenage life will appeal to fans of Louise Rennison, Laura Dockrill and Holly Smale.

Lauren started her writing career at thirteen and became a Wattpad sensation, garnering over 100 million reads. She spent her childhood with her nose in a book or writing short stories before publishing her first novel A Bad Boy Stole my Bra in 2018. She grew up in Coventry and is a recent English Literature graduate from Lancaster University. Behind Frenemy Lines is her second book.

Campbell Brown said: “We love the authentic way Lauren writes and how close a relationship she has to her readers. Behind Frenemy Lines is a creative, fun-filled premise, with delightful characters that had us laughing out loud. Lauren has such a distinct voice in the YA genre, and we are so pleased to be working with her again to publish her new novel.”

Lauren said: “I cannot believe that it’s almost time for Behind Frenemy Lines to meet the world. This book has been a passion project since I was fifteen years old, and we have both grown so much since that wobbly first draft. This book means so much to me, and I am beyond thrilled to be able to share it.”

Behind Frenemy Lines will be published in May 2022.