Jennifer (Brown) Scott returns to LS with new woman’s tale

tporter@lsjournal.comMay 23, 2014 

The last time Jennifer Brown appeared at Reader’s World she read from, sold and signed copies of her young adult novel “Thousand Words.”

Nearly one year to the day later the national best-selling, award-wining young adult novelist is back, this time under the woman’s fiction pen name Jennifer Scott.

Reader’s World, 983 N.E. Rice Rd., will host the public debut of Scott’s latest work; a woman’s fiction novel entitled “The Accidental Book Club.” The book, published by New American Library/Penguin, was officially released May 6. The event, which is free for all ages, begins at 1 p.m.

Scott, a Liberty resident who attended Lee’s Summit High School, anticipates a well-received homecoming.

“Of course I grew up I Lee’s Summit, so it’s like coming home,” she said. “I do like to work with independent bookstores because they tend to really reach out to authors. In this case Reader’s World asked me if I wanted to come back and I was happy to do that.”

“The Accidental Book Club” is Scott’s second fictional tale geared towards women. The other, “Sister Season,” was also published by New American Library/Penguin in 2013. The latest book tells the story of Jean Vison, a widower whose off-the-cuff idea grows into a group of six women who meet the second Tuesday of every month for a potluck supper, wine, laughter – and for books.

When Jean’s family starts unraveling again – her daughter is forced into rehab and her troubled teen granddaughter, Bailey, comes to live with her in the interim – she turns to the book club for comfort and support.

“I think it would be for her pretty freeing to do something different and express herself in a different way,” Christian Apodaca, manager or Reader’s World, said of Scott’s dual niche. “She is fabulous. I’ve read all of her (young adult books). I think it would be really – as an author to do something completely different along the lines of your own age group – fun and free.”

Scott said she doesn’t mind the shift in focus between young adult and women’s fiction.

“It’s not really that big of a shift for me,” she said. “Honestly, my young adults are kind of more mature, so it’s definitely for older young adults. There’s not a huge difference between a 17-year-old kid and a 20-year-old kid. Also, a lot of adults read my young adult work so it’s feels like the same audience to me.”

Apodaca can attest to Scott’s work.

“One thing about Jennifer Brown is that the mothers read those young adult books, too,” she said. “I think her doing some adult fiction is a smart move on her part. It almost feels like she’s writing for the moms on those. It’s just a lot more adult and timely for her to try something new.”

Scott, writing as Jennifer Brown, has penned two other young adult novels in addition to “Thousand Words” and “Hate List.” They are: “Perfect Escape” and “Bitter End.”

“Hate List,” Brown’s debut published in 2009, was selected as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults in 2010, was honored as the Missouri Gateway Readers Award winner for 2011-2012, received a VOYA “Perfect Ten,” and also notched a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year honor.

Brown’s second offering, “Bitter End,” received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and VOYA, and is listed on the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults. The book is also a Gateway Readers Award nominee for the 2013-14 school year.

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