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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Corey Ann Haydu Narrator: Allyson Ryan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2014 ISBN: 9780062339812
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From a “masterful wordsmith” (Kirkus Reviews) of contemporary teen fiction comes a novel about growing up, taking chances, and falling in love.

Secret: I kissed someone else’s boyfriend.

Assignment: Do it again.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends have dropped her flat, and now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: Tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secrets safe. LBC makes Tab feel brave. She likes that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?

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Quotes & Awards

  • Life by Committee is a fun, smart, and moving read with every delicious ingredient—romance, secrets, and unexpected twists. Assignment: read this one.”

    Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist

  • “Haydu keeps a multistrand plot moving, and the climax, a kind of twelve-step meeting meets high-school assembly, is cathartic.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Haydu captures the wild emotions of adolescence: the surging hormones, the power of getting people to pay attention because of your body, and the confusion over how that makes you feel.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Sixteen-year-old Tabitha has a secret. She kissed someone else’s boyfriend, and she liked it. And with the encouragement of a secret, online committee, she just might do it again…Looking for a book to read and discuss? This is it.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This book is brilliant, thrumming with honesty and surprising truths.”

    Terra Elan McVoy, author of Pure and The Summer of Firsts and Lasts

  • “(Not so) Secret: I immediately fell in love with Corey Ann Haydu’s wonderful, fresh story about truth, love, and bravery. Your assignment: read Life by Committee immediately!”

    Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club and Better Off Friends

  • “An authentic, heartfelt read about the power of truth and the beauty of self-discovery.”

    Sarah Ockler, author of #scandal and Twenty Boy Summer

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About the Author

Corey Ann Haydu is the critically acclaimed author of several novels for young readers novels, including OCD Love Story, which earned her a Publishers Weekly Flying Start award. Her books have been named selections of the Junior Library Guild, Indie Next List, and the blue ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

About the Narrator

Allyson Ryan is an Earphones Award-winning voice actress who can be heard in commercials, promos, animation, and audiobooks. She has extensive experience on stage and television. In New York, she acted in and directed more than thirty plays. Her television credits include roles on Eleventh Hour, Law & Order, and One Life to Live. She has also appeared as “Mom” in several television commercials. Advertising Age nominated her for a Bobby Award in the best actress category for her work as the Duracell mom.