A Disaster in Three Acts

Saine Sinclair knows a little something about what makes a story worth telling.

Your childhood best friend refuses to kiss you during a pre-adolescent game of spin the bottle? Terrible, zero stars, would not replay that scene again. The same ex-friend becomes your new best friend’s ex? Strangely compelling, unexpected twist, worth a hate-watch. That same guy—why is he always around?—turns out to be your last shot at getting into the documentary filmmaking program of your dreams?

Saine hates to admit it, but she’d watch that movie.

There’s something about Holden that makes her feel like she’s the one in front of the camera—like he can see every uncomfortable truth she’s buried below the surface. Saine knows how her story’s supposed to go. So why does every moment with Holden seem intent on changing the ending?


"Emotional and mental health and therapy are all addressed in a positive way, and each character feels well- developed. Even the side story lines are well-rounded. A fun rom-com with an emotional punch."


"Rodkey explores the messiness of feelings—including growing pains and miscommunication—through flawed characters who don’t always take the easy road[...] A rom-com that deftly hits many emotional beats."


"All in all, if you’re looking for a fun romcom filled with humour, heartbreak and discussions of what it takes to be honest to yourself and others, A Disaster in Three Acts is the wholesome, witty story you won’t want to miss out on!"

The Nerd Daily

"There is something about Kelsey Rodkey books that is comforting, sweet, and so humanely messy. It creates for something that feels like a hug in such a wonderful way."

The Elven Warrior

"I’m head-over-heels for this book. Saine’s voice surprised laughs out of me on every page."

Susan the Librarian

"Definitely recommending this one to any YA contemporary fan!"

Drizzle & Hurricane Books

"A DISASTER IN THREE ACTS is every bit as charming as its title. With a great cast of characters, Kelsey Rodkey has crafted a story that is heartfelt, fun, and dizzyingly romantic, perfectly blending moments that will bring you to tears and double over with laughter."

Rachael Lippincott, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Five Feet Apart

"It's rare that a YA novel so effortlessly transports me back to high school, and A Disaster in Three Acts did it instantly. A perfect balance of humor and heartbreak, filled with crackling romantic tension, vividly drawn characters, and a tender emotional core. This is a book bursting with love."

Rachel Lynn Solomon, New York Times bestselling author of See You Yesterday

“Full of addictive banter, achingly real characters fumbling and faking their way towards self-acceptance, and a thoroughly satisfying slow burn romance that delivers all the feels. An absolute delight that will linger long after the last page.”

Monica Gomez-Hira, author of Once Upon a Quinceañer

“Kelsey Rodkey’s signature wit shines in this hilarious and heartfelt YA romcom. Readers will fall in love with Saine as she navigates her growing feelings for her ex-friend turned friend’s ex, and the often complicated ways we figure ourselves out by letting others in.”

Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me and The Lost Girls

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