We are over the moon to share the news that debut author Sophie Jo’s incredibly addictive teen fiction novel The Nicest Girl will be published by UCLan in paperback this August.

Hazel Holmes, publisher at UCLan, who acquired the rights to The Nicest Girl described the novel as “an intelligent, warm novel about boundaries and the delicacy of balancing one’s own feelings alongside others”. It explores the notion of where to draw the line between nice and too nice, a topic that readers of all ages will relate to.

Sophie Jo, who is an ambassador for Women’s Aid, a national charity that works to end domestic violence against women and children, has worked with a number of newspapers to spread the word about healthy teenage relationships. She brings this experience and knowledge to her writing to create a rich, poignant and incredibly important story that will touch readers’ hearts.

Hazel Holmes said: “This book is so relatable on so many different levels. I’m thrilled to be adding The Nicest Girl to our growing list of contemporary YA.’’

Sophie Jo added: “I’m so excited to be working with UCLan. Hazel, my editor Emma and the rest of the team instantly understood what I was aiming for with this book and I can’t wait to share it with readers. I hope that a lot of people–teens and adults alike–will be able to relate to its themes.”

Agent Chloe Seager, who represents Sophie, said: “Sophie’s book, about the importance of boundary-setting, is one of the most relatable and relevant books I’ve read and I’m so glad it’s found the perfect home with the team at UCLan. I can’t wait for teens (and older readers) to meet Anna.”

Congratulations Sophie, we are thrilled by this announcement!