Allyson Valentine holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of How (Not) To Find a Boyfriend, which was published in 2013 by Philomel, an imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group. She lives with her family in Washington, and is currently working on another novel.

Praise for How (Not) To Find a Boyfriend

“Valentine offers a book about honoring the truth, following one’s bliss, and being oneself that avoids being saccharine or overly prescriptive.” – Publishers Weekly

“This sharp-witted debut pours on the wry comedy as a brainiac girl tries to hide her intelligence so she can be popular… Valentine has a bright sense of humor, pitching it at those readers who can identify with Nora.” – Kirkus 

“Although I’m no longer a teen, I know that my teen self would have totally sat poolside reading How (Not) To Find a Boyfriend. Allyson Valentine has a terrific ear – and eye – for readers 12 and up.” – Augusta Scattergood, Christian Science Monitor