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10/1 – “My Eyes Are Up Here” Virtual Book Talk With Laura Zimmermann


Join us for an interactive, lively discussion about Laura’s hilarious and heartbreakingly honest YA novel about finding one’s way through the awkwardness, loneliness, and insecurity of the teen years. For anyone who has survived the teen years and anyone who is raising children and will need to guide them through teenland, Laura’s candor and humor will not disappoint! Laura will talk about her writing process and how her book relates to her own life experience!


Laura is a writer, a storyteller, and a maker of cheesecakes. You might find her at a softball game, a jazz concert, or a nonprofit board meeting, but you’ll never find her on a ladder or entering a triathlon. She is a multi-time winner of Moth and WordSprout story slams, and has frequently shared stories of her parenting escapades in Twin Cities Listen To Your Mother productions. Her YA novel My Eyes Are Up Here (Dutton, 2020) is available in five languages, even though she can only read one of them. She lives in Minneapolis with her three favorite people, who show up in her stories whether they like it or not.

My Eyes Are Up Here is a razor-sharp debut about a girl struggling to rediscover her sense of self in the year after her body decided to change all the rules.

If Greer Walsh could only live inside her head, life would be easier. She’d be able to focus on excelling at math or negotiating peace talks between her best friend and . . . everyone else. She wouldn’t spend any time worrying about being the only Kennedy High student whose breasts are bigger than her head.

But you can’t play volleyball inside your head. Or go to the pool. Or have confusingly date-like encounters with the charming new boy. You need an actual body for all of those things. And Greer is entirely uncomfortable in hers.

Hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, My Eyes Are Up Here is a story of awkwardness and ferocity, of imaginary butterflies and rock-solid friends. It’s the story of a girl finding her way out of her oversized sweatshirt and back into the real world.

“Charming, relatable and laugh-out-loud hilarious, My Eyes Are Up Here is a sparkling debut from my new favorite YA author, Laura Zimmermann. Her Greer Walsh is at once all of us and the most special of us. I wanted to hug her, give her a high five and sometimes throttle her, but I always, always rooted for her.”—Erin Hahn, author of You’d Be Mine and More Than Maybe

“My Eyes Are Up Here is not only a smart and honest book about body positivity. It’s a funny and endearing read that will have you cheering for Greer Walsh, and celebrating the power of female friendship.”—Deb Caletti, National Book Award finalist and Michael L. Printz Honor medalist

“[S]mart, insightful and often very funny […] this novel perceptively explores the emotional toll experienced by teens who are self-conscious and feeling isolated about being different – and the liberation that comes with breaking free.”—Buffalo News

“By turns hilarious, heartbreaking and totally, completely honest, perfect for those who liked recent novels like Frankly in Love.”–Culturess.com

★ “Wise and wry… An original, feminist, and timely first choice title for all libraries.”—SLJ, starred review

“Zimmerman’s debut has a witty, unabashedly honest voice.”—PW

“Zimmermann’s debut is both insightful and humorous, owing to a bright and funny yet self-deprecating narrator matched with brief chapters that capture Greer’s urgencies and insecurities. Girls who lament not having the perfect body will appreciate this novel, and girls who value their best friends will relate without hesitation. Rise up for girl power!” —Booklist

“Many girls will resonate with this story of trying to learn to love your body and be comfortable with the skin you’re in. We are both so glad that this book exists and it brought about a lot of important, meaningful dialogue for us both. Highly recommended.”—SLJ’s Teen Librarian Toolbox

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