Kelsey Rodkey

Kelsey Rodkey is the author of the young adult novels Last Chance Books, A Disaster in Three Acts, and Plus One. She is a banter enthusiast always in search of scary movies, delicious carbs, and her next five-star read. She once helped a British film crew make a documentary about creative dog grooming and has a terrible fear of waterslides. She lives in Central Pennsylvania with her partner and their cats, Cheese and Tux.

Find Kelsey on her website, or follow her on Twitter (@KelseyRodkey).


    Plus One
    Kelsey Rodkey
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    A Disaster in Three Acts
    Kelsey Rodkey
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    Last Chance Books
    Kelsey Rodkey



A Disaster in Three Acts
"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

Last Chance Books
"The plot moves along briskly with romantic tension, sex-positive moments, comedic beats, and Madeline’s determination to save the store[...]A solid rom-com."


"Rodkey offers realistically mutable characterization; though prickly Madeline sometimes fails to fully consider the consequences of her actions, her choices deepen the impact of her growth. The You’ve Got Mail–style romance is well executed in this debut, only improved by Rodkey’s cognizant depiction of the financial struggles of bricks-and-mortar bookstores."

Publishers Weekly

"This lighthearted page-turner is recommended for all young adult collections."

School Library Journal

"Last Chance Books is the perfect funny, fluffy romance for a summer read."

Pine Reads Reviews

"LAST CHANCE BOOKS is not only a romance: it’s also about family. The one you grow up with and the one you share blood with...If you’re looking for a fast-paced, entertaining read filled with bookish feels, enemies-to-lovers relationship and amazing banter, I encourage you to pick up LAST CHANCE BOOKS."

Drizzle and Hurricane Books