Crazy, Messy, Beautiful

Carrie Arcos

Published February 7th 2017 by Philomel Books

YA > Contemporary | Romance

Purchase links: Amazon | BN | TBD 



From National Book Award finalist Carrie Arcos–a fresh take on happily ever after, and friendship, that is anything but a love story.

When your namesake is Pablo Neruda—the greatest love poet of all time—finding “the one” should be easy. After all, sixteen-year-old aspiring artist Neruda Diaz has been in love many times before. So it’s only a matter of time before someone loves him back.

Callie could be that someone. She’s creative and edgy, and nothing like the girls Neruda typically falls for, so when a school assignment brings them together, he is pleasantly surprised to learn they have a lot in common. With his true love in reach and his artistic ambitions on track, everything is finally coming together.

But as Neruda begins to fall faster and harder than ever before, he is blindsided by the complicated nature of love—and art—in more ways than one. And when the relationships he’s looked to for guidance threaten to implode, Neruda must confront the reality that love is crazier, messier, and more beautiful than he ever realized—and riskier, too, than simply saying the words.



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Get to know some of the characters!

I’ll pick two of my characters to profile. First there’s Neruda Diaz,16, my main character. Neruda is from Highland Park, CA, so he’s a true Angelino from the east side. He’s an only child of an actuary and a college professor. He’s a bit of an old soul. He’s a romantic and sensitive. I love this about him because I actually know many men who are this way, but who so rarely get portrayed in stories. He feels things deeply. He wants to find his true love. He’s athletic. He’s an artist, portraits are his specialty. He’s not really into school. His best buddies are Greyson and Ezra.

Ezra Hernandez is 28 and has spent the last ten years in prison for robbery. He’s from Pico Rivera, CA, another native Angelino. He’s incredibly smart and reflective. He’s a little lost after getting out and feels like he needs to go and experience the world and find himself. He’s kind and suffers from regret. He became Neruda’s friend, and kind of like an older brother, after Neruda had to write to him for a school assignment.




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Carrie Arcos is a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature for OUT OF REACH; her second novel is THERE WILL COME A TIME. CRAZY MESSY BEAUTIFUL will be available soon. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. For more information, check out her website: carriearcos.com






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