The Atlas of Us (Hardcover)

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“A complete knockout. Readers will be thinking of this story long after they finish the final page.” —Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of Belladonna

“Utterly compelling and impossible to put down.” —Rachel Griffin, New York Times bestselling author of Bring Me Your Midnight

“I’ve never read a book that felt so much like picking up pieces of a broken heart—powerful, poignant, and true.” —Axie Oh, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea and XOXO

Atlas has lost her way.

In a last-ditch effort to pull her life together, she’s working on a community service program rehabbing trails in the Western Sierras. The only plus is that the days are so exhausting that Atlas might just be tired enough to forget that this was one of her dad’s favorite places in the world. Before cancer stole him from her life, that is.

Using real names is forbidden on the trail. So Atlas becomes Maps, and with her team—Books, Sugar, Junior, and King—she heads into the wilderness. As she sheds the lies she’s built up as walls to protect herself, she realizes that four strangers might know her better than anyone has before. And with the end of the trail racing to meet them, Maps is left counting down the days until she returns to her old life—without her new family, and without King, who’s become more than just a friend.

About the Author

Kristin Dwyer grew up under the California sun and prayed every day for a cloudy sky. Now Kristin and her spouse are currently raising their mischief-makers in the hills of North Carolina, where there is just the right amount of clouds. When she’s not writing books about people kissing, Kristin is a part-time hair model and full-time TSA PreCheck. One time a credible news outlet asked for her opinion on K-pop (it was the best day of her life). Please do not talk to her about your fandom; she will try to join.

Praise For…

"Beautifully written. Gripping and authentic in the ways it portrays grief and shows how moving forward means having to let go."  — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Dwyer crafts stirring and organic character interactions via Atlas and her trail mates’ good-humored banter, as well as her electric chemistry with King. Combined with the lushly depicted wilderness setting, Atlas’s fledgling relationships emphasize how connection can bloom unexpectedly—and powerfully—even amid grief." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Dwyer meaningfully shows how Atlas, who brims with pain over her father's death, gradually learns how to live with her loss. The analogy of life as a trail that needs maintenance and care applies here, and Atlas learns that with both, you have to keep going." — Booklist

"Of Atlas's peers she observes, 'They make loving seem easy.' It isn’t; neither is getting over loss and grief. Dwyer’s open approach to both ends of this emotional spectrum invites mature readers into the discussion. VERDICT This romance, with gentle but explicit sex scenes, deals realistically with teens’ denial after the loss of a loved one. Recommended for mature YA audiences of all collections." — School Library Journal

“Undoubtedly one of the strongest contemporary voices in YA. Dwyer is a master of emotion, and her latest is a complete knock out, filled with fantastic characters and such raw vulnerability that readers will be thinking of this story long after the finish the final page.” — Adalyn Grace, New York Times bestselling author of Belladonna

“A raw, unflinching examination of grief and the way it changes us. Wrapped in Dwyer’s signature wit and gorgeous prose, The Atlas of Us takes readers on a journey of found family and intense love, set against the beauty and stillness of nature. Utterly compelling and impossible to put down, Dwyer’s sophomore novel is stunning from beginning to end.” — Rachel Griffin, New York Times bestselling author of Bring Me Your Midnight 

“Kristin Dwyer's emotional, one-of-a-kind storytelling shines in this poignant book about grief, found family, and heart aching romance. The Atlas of Us pulls at the heart strings in a way that only Dwyer can do.” — Adrienne Young, New York Times and International bestselling author. 

“Achingly romantic, The Atlas of Us is a love letter to finding the beauty in nature and finding yourself. Maps’ journey to figure out what being “bad” means, how to cope with loss and how to find her people will have you turning the pages and wishing to swim in the rivers with her.” — Rachel Simon, Youth Librarian at Newton Free Library, Newton, MA

“I’ve never read a book that felt so much like picking up pieces of a broken heart —powerful, poignant, and true.” — Axie Oh, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea and XOXO

“Part summer daydream, part secret whisper, The Atlas of Us is beautiful and aching and deeply romantic. A love story for anyone who has ever told a lie, made a mistake, or dared to hope for something just out of reach.” — #1 New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon A Broken Heart, Stephanie Garber

Praise for Some Mistakes Were Made: “The slow-build romance is swoonworthy, and young adult fans of Colleen Hoover seeking emotional devastation and unforgettable characters will find much to enjoy here. A powerful tale of found family and first love.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Readers will desperately root for ­Ellis and Easton in this unforgettable romance. A perfectly emotional read for fans of Nicola Yoon and Becky Albertalli, this coming-of-age romance is one not to miss.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“A breathtaking tour de force of angst and longing. Heartbreaking, painfully romantic, and deeply human.” — Stephanie Garber, #1 bestselling author of Caraval

“Funny, romantic, and heartfelt. A stunning debut!” — Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Creatures 

"A novel you can make yourself at home in, with characters so real it feels like you’ve known them for ages. I loved the family dynamic, the slow burn, all of those gorgeous lines so clear and startling they lift off the page, and the way it made my heart slowly (but surely) shatter. This one will stick with you." — Jenna Evans Welch, New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato

"A deeply human story of first love, found family, and the heartbreak of losing them both. With vulnerable prose that is at turns achingly tender and others hilarious, readers will laugh through their tears. SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is a profoundly honest exploration of identity, friendship and learning to let go. This is the kind of book you return to again and again." — New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young 

"SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE made me feel. Dwyer writes with such wit and honesty, I was at turns laughing out loud and then crying my eyes out. These characters will stay with me forever, and I'm only heartbroken there wasn't another chapter to devour." — Isabel Ibanez, bestselling author of Woven in Moonlight

"This book comes with its own aching heartbeat. Be forewarned, it's stronger than it looks." — Stacey Lee, award winning author of LUCK OF THE TITANIC

“Beautiful, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful. This is a rare gift of a novel.” — Robyn Schneider, bestselling author of The Beginning of Everything

"SOME MISTAKES WERE MADE is a gorgeous meditation on shattered dreams and making amends, found family and loyalty and what it means to sacrifice for the people we love most. Dwyer’s debut is brimming with hope and love amidst angst, longing, heartache, and the bittersweetness of growing up. It is tender and romantic, vulnerable and sincere, but it is never ever cheesy. I was rooting for Easton and Ellis from the very first page." — Ashley Woodfolk, acclaimed author of WHEN YOU WERE EVERYTHING and THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS

"Some Mistakes Were Made is the angsty romance of my dreams. I wanted to linger in Kristin Dwyer’s beautiful prose forever and savor all the perfect, vivid details. But once I started this special book, I just couldn’t put it down!" — Elise Bryant, author of Happily Ever Afters

“Gorgeously romantic and compulsively readable. Some Mistakes Were Made and these flawed, unforgettable characters wrecked my heart and then repaired it, filling the cracks with hope and possibility. A captivating story of first love, first heartbreak, and the delicate beauty of second chances.” — Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow

"Dwyer's debut reaches into the complexities of family and societal pressure and draws out a one-of-a-kind narrative of the pain and passion of reuniting broken bonds. With vivid prose and heart-stopping romance, Some Mistakes Were Made is the powerful entry of a gorgeous new voice." — Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka, authors of Always Never Yours

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063088580
ISBN-10: 0063088584
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 9th, 2024
Pages: 336
Language: English