We Used to Be Friends

A Novel


Now in paperback, two best friends grow up—and grow apart in this innovative YA novel with half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backwards


ISBN: 9781419766589 Category:

Amy Spalding


This funny, honest, and realistic novel explores the most traumatic breakup many people ever go through—that of the friendship between childhood besties. In dual timelines, James (a girl with a boy’s name) prepares to head off to college as she reflects on the past year and the dissolution of her relationship with Kat, while in alternating chapters, Kat is newly in love with her first girlfriend and feeling like her future is wide open. Over the course of senior year, Kat wants nothing more than James to continue to be her steady rock through multiple dramas, as James worries that everything she believes about love and her future is a lie when her high-school-sweethearts-parents announce they’re getting a divorce. In their last year as friends, Kat and James grow apart while growing up. Filled with bittersweet emotions and plenty of romance, We Used to Be Friends will make you laugh and cry.

Additional information

Weight 346 g
Dimensions 14 x 20.9 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 18 May 2023
Number of pages 384
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14 x 20.9 cm
Weight 346 g


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Amy Spalding is the author of several novels for teens, including Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), which earned a starred review from Kirkus. She lives in Los Angeles.