About Tara

Photo by Peter Lutjen

In addition to my most recent young adult novel, THE LEAVING, I’m the author of four previous YA books:

THE BEST NIGHT OF YOUR (PATHETIC) LIFE (a Junior Library Guild Selection! From Penguin Books).

DREAMLAND SOCIAL CLUB (a Kirkus Reviews Best Books for Teens of 2011, from Penguin),



I also cowrote ROOMIES with Sara Zarr (Little Brown). It made the American Library Associations list of Best Books for Reluctant Readers.

I’ve also written two middle-grade novels, MY LIFE IN DIORAMAS and THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE (Running Press Kids).

Next up is another YA novel—THE POSSIBLE, about a girl who may or may not have telekinetic powers and a podcast that may or may not prove it once and for all.

I live in Queens, New York, with my husband and two young daughters, Ellie and Violet.

Fun facts about me:

I went to Harvard and studied American Government, which it turned out was not really my bag. Oh well.

I collect spoons. Not just any ole kitchen spoon, but collector’s spoons from cities and sites around the country and the world. I have, oh, maybe one hundred and fifty of them. Booyah!

I have lived in four out of the five boroughs of New York City (Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens but not THE Bronx!) and also in Dublin, Ireland and, well, Boston (for college).

I was a music journalist when living in Dublin and interviewed groups like Rage Against the Machine, Duran Duran, The Frames (Glen Hansard!) and more.

I once (for a whole year!) saw fit to do stand-up comedy. Word on the street is I had good jokes but terrible stage presence.

I have a substantial collection of weird records from the 1950s and 1960s because they were left in the garage (hundreds of them!) of the house I now own.

I have never had a full-time job! Ever! It’s rather remarkable, really, as is the fact that I once had a job where I got paid to watch television.