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Sunday, April 21, 2024

WHAT'S THE BUZZ?: Finally Fitz by Marisa Kanter - REVIEW!

Today's WHAT'S THE BUZZ title is a Teen Fiction title coming to you THIS TUESDAY via Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers and features a coming-of-age story with all the feels, all the confusion, and all the drama you can handle!  Sound like your cup of tea?  Well then, ladies and gents, prepare yourself as we dive between the pages of today's book of choice...

Marisa Kanter
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 23rd, 2024

About the book...

Ava “Fitz” Fitzgerald has worked hard to create the picture-perfect life she’s always wanted. She spent her junior year transforming her passion for sustainable fashion and upcycling into a viral online platform, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, and spending every free second with her soon-to-graduate girlfriend, Danica. And this summer she plans to take it all to the next level by attending a prestigious summer fashion program in New York City and convincing Dani that they can survive a year of long distance.

But when Dani dumps her before classes even start, accusing Fitz of being more invested in growing her online persona than deepening their relationship, she’s left not only heartbroken, but also creatively blocked.

Fitz will do anything to win Dani back, even if that means taking a break from the platform that she’s worked so hard to build. But just as she decides to go all-in on a hiatus, a chance encounter reunites her with Levi Berkowitz, her childhood best friend that she hasn’t seen since elementary school. Levi is struggling with heartbreak of his own, and this cosmic coincidence sparks a new use for her social media savvy. Fitz offers to help Levi craft a fake relationship online to make his person jealous…if in return he can pretend to be her boyfriend in front of Dani to make her jealous. If all goes according to plan, by the end of the summer they’ll both be reunited with their perfect partners and get to rekindle their friendship in the process.

Sometimes even the most carefully designed plans can come apart at the seams, though. And when real history leads to not-so-fake feelings, Fitz will have to decide if she’s finally willing to let go of what she thought was picture-perfect and choose what might actually be right for her.


The Big Apple.
New York City.
If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere...
...but what if when you get there...
...the apple is "sour" and things don't go your way...
...or at least the way you planned them...

Such is the sitch for our gal Levi.  She's an upcycling prodigy in the making with a big insta following to boot.  This summer was to be the trip of a lifetime, combining her fashion future with the girl of her dreams, and showing them both that what they have could last beyond the hallowed halls of high school.  Only...the program is proving harder than Levi anticipated with the feedback becoming more fallout, and the moments she meant to capture to make memories are turning into some she might want to forget when Dani decides she's been more photographer than other half.  What's a girl to do?  Immerse herself in a fake relationship with her long lost (well, out of communication at least) bestie that just so happens to be in the big city (cue the meet-cute moment!), and someone that still has a piece of her heart as well.  Oh the drama...but that's life, and when all is said and done, Levi will indeed be finally Fitz.

This is a story about life, friendships, relationships, and growing up.  It's about finding yourself, your TRUE self, and learning to love it even more than you thought you could.  It's about discovering the path you forged for yourself may not be the one best for you...and that's okay!  Our teenage years are a time of change (heck, so is adulthood for that matter!), and rolling with the punches is easier said then done.  All we can do is take one day at a time, and try not to over plan things so we can actually let life happen...sorta like the characters here.  It's a great story with a varied cast of characters allowing readers to find themselves reflected somewhere in the narrative, while chasing that happily-ever-after.


About the author...

Photograph by Sam Cheung

Marisa Kanter is a young adult author, amateur baker, and reality television enthusiast. She is the author of What I Like About You, As If on Cue, and Finally Fitz. Born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, her obsession with books led her to New York City, where she worked in the publishing industry to help books find their perfect readers. She currently lives in Los Angeles, writing love stories by day and crocheting her wardrobe by night. Follow her at


Special thanks to Thad and Alex at Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing for the chance to share this title with you and for the copy for review! (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title celebrates its BOOK BIRTHDAY April 23rd, 2024, so mark your calendar or pre order your copy today!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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