Eva Des Lauriers Launches Her YA novel "I Wish You Would"


Join us on Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm when Oakland author EVA DES LAURIERS  comes to the store to launch her debut young adult novel I Wish You Would, a love story in which explosive secrets threaten to tear everyone apart, including best friends (or maybe more?), Natalia and Ethan. Eva will read from and discuss her book and will sign copies after the presentation. She will be joined in conversation by author KRISTIN DWYER.

This is a free event, but you must sign up on Eventbrite or in the store.  Click Here to preorder a copy of I Wish You Would.

It’s the epic overnight at the beach that kicks off senior year. But for Natalia and Ethan, it’s the first time seeing each other after junior prom—when they almost crossed the line from best friends to something more and ruined everything. Natalia is desperate to pretend she doesn’t care and Ethan is desperate to fix his mistake.

When the senior class carries out their tradition of writing private letters to themselves—what they would do if they were braver—Natalia pours her heart out. So does Ethan. So does their entire class. But in Natalia’s panicked attempt to retrieve her confession, the wind scatters seven of the notes across the beach. Now, Ethan and Natalia are forced to work together to find the lost letters before any secrets are revealed—especially their own.

"Eva Des Lauriers' writing brims with fragile, hopeful beauty—the way I ached for these characters and their huge, complicated hearts as they reveal their truest selves over the course of a single life-changing day. One of the best YA novels I've read in a long time." —Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow

EVA DES LAURIERS is a California girl who became a diehard romantic when she married her best friend, the boy she sat next to in eleventh grade Calculus. She was a delight to have in class if only she stopped talking and now holds both an MSW and BA in Psychology. As a clinical social worker, she had the privilege of working with the vibrant and complicated teens for whom she now writes. When she isn’t writing, you can find her wandering through the redwoods, staring at the sea, or pretending she’s in a music video while listening to music. She lives with her husband, their two children, and her collection of kissing books in Northern California.

KRISTIN DWYER grew up under the California sun and prayed every day for a cloudy sky. Now Kristin and her spouse are currently raising their mischief-makers in the hills of North Carolina, where there is just the right amount of clouds. When she’s not writing books about people kissing, Kristin is a part-time hair model and full-time TSA PreCheck. One time a credible news outlet asked for her opinion on K-pop (it was the best day of her life). Please do not talk to her about your fandom; she will try to join.

THIS EVENT is free but pre-registration is requested. Registration ends at 5:30 pm on May 21st.

BECAUSE SEATING is limited, please register only if you plan to attend.

DUE TO SPACE limitations, we may not be able to accommodate every person at an event, so early registration is encouraged.

WALK-INS will be accommodated only if space allows.

WE ASK that attendees arrive between 6:45 and 7:00 PM for the event.

PLEASE leave your non-support companion animals at home.

OUR shared restrooms are not accessible after 6:30 PM, please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore
2904 College Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
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ISBN: 9781250910554
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 21st, 2024