The Pick-Up (Paperback)

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Meeting a gorgeous guy in a rideshare headed to Lollapalooza is not how Mari expected her Chicago summer to start. She doesn't believe in dating…but TJ may just change her mind. Can an electric, weekend romance turn into more than just a summer fling?

When Mari hails a Ryde to a music festival, the last thing she expects is for the car to pick up a gorgeous guy along the way. Mari doesn't believe in dating—it can only end with a broken heart. Besides, she's only staying at her dad's house in Chicago for the weekend. How close can you get to a guy in three days?

TJ wants to study art in college, but his family's expectations cast a long shadow over his dreams. When he meets Mari in the back of a rideshare, he feels alive for the first time in a long time.

Mari and TJ enter the festival together and share an electric moment but get separated in a crowd with seemingly no way to find each other. When fate reunites them (with a little help from a viral hashtag), they'll have to decide: was it love at first sight, or the start of nothing more than a weekend fling?

About the Author

Growing up in Tennessee, MIRANDA KENNEALLY dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband. Visit

Praise For…

"Edgy, exciting, and grounded in respect." — Kirkus Reviews

"A satisfying summer read that explores coming-of-age, falling in love, and the importance of staying true to yourself...a modern spin on such a popular trope [the 'meet-cute] helps this book stand out from its peers." — The Tempest

"Teens who enjoy reading about relationships will root for Mari and T.J. as they work to understand their relationship and their own journey of self-discovery. Recommended for purchase." — School Library Journal

"Kenneally does a great job of bringing the vibrancy of Chicago to life. Readers will sigh and swoon over the love-at-first-rideshare that develops over a long weekend in the big city." — Booklist

"Absolute love for this book!" — Kate Towery, Fountain Bookstore (Richmond, VA)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781492684169
ISBN-10: 1492684163
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English