Publisher’s Weekly: Rights Report
August 25, 2011
Peskin at Viking Children’s Books has bought world rights to Beside Me, a YA novel by Isabel Gillies,
author of the bestselling memoir Happens Every Day. Set in the high society of New York City’s art
world and the hip downtown music scene, Beside Me tells of the soaring highs of
first love and crushing lows of first heartbreak. Publication is scheduled for summer 2013. Bill Clegg at William Morris Entertainment
brokered the deal. Peskin said she acquired the book after reading Happens Every Day. "Even though it’s a memoir
about divorce, written for adults," she said, "for some reason I thought, This author could write an awesome young adult novel.
I guess it's because Happens Every Day was really a love story—the love she felt for her husband, and the heartbreak
she experienced when he left her for another woman. There was a purity to Isabel’s view of love, and I thought that
would translate well to a love story about teenagers." Peskin said she e-mailed Gillies to ask if she had ever thought about
writing for teens. "She wrote right back! The very same day. And she said that she was in the midst of finishing her second
memoir but the next thing on her to-do list was to write a YA novel. So she and I and her agent met for lunch and she pitched
the idea to me."