Debut Author of the Week: Katy Upperman KISSING MAX HOLDEN

I am an absolute contemporary novel addict lately, and this is one contemporary debut novel that I CANNOT wait to get my hands on this summer! It sounds like it’s sweet, swoony, and complex, and I cannot wait to meet these characters!

About Katy Upperman

From Katy’s Website

october-picI’m a writer, wife, and mama. I’m a Washington State University alum, an avid reader, a hiker and a yogi, a country music fan, and shopper of Target, Michaels, and any bookstore I happen upon. I love baking, the ocean, pedicures, warm weather, Instagram, Dirty Dancing and Pitch Perfect and Walk the Line and The Princess Bride, Jelly Bellies, paper planning, and Friday Night Lights.

My debut young adult novel, Kissing Max Holden, will be published by Swoon Reads/Macmillan August 1, 2017, followed by The Impossibility of Us in 2018. I am represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Agency.

Reach me via email at

About Kissing Max Holden

31145039Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?


The Details

  • Title: Kissing Max Holden
  • Author: Katy Upperman
  • Publisher: Swoon Reads
  • Pub Date: August 1, 2017

 YA and Wine Pairing

I’ll be pairing Kissing Max Holden with this Kissing Tree Shiraz when it comes out in August! This wine sounds every bit as swoon-worthy as the book does. It is also a product of the long hot summers of Australia, so what better wine to pair with this summer read!

*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*

Have you added Kissing Max Holden to your TBR list yet? What are some debut novels that you’re looking forward to this year?


19 thoughts on “Debut Author of the Week: Katy Upperman KISSING MAX HOLDEN

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear that! I am so excited to read this one. It totally sounds like my kind of book. 🙂


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thanks, love! I am so excited to read that book and drink the wine! We’re getting close too. Just August now. 🙂


  1. VibrantReads says:

    I just received an ARC of this books and I am so excited!! I’m only a few chapters in right now, but it’s really good so far.


  2. bookprincessreviews says:

    I’ve been debating about whether or not to add this one to my TBR, so I might have to wait until you read to fully decide. Perfect wine pick, though, and I am loving the new header graphics! Wonderful post, Krysti!


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