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This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record

THIS WILL GO DOWN ON YOUR PERMANENT RECORD is an incredibly intimate, thoughtfully written novel, a kind of snapshot album rendered in glimmering prose, one perfect record of the daydreams and nightmares of everyone’s years in high school.
Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned

“Of all the books I have recommended to friends and family over the past year, none has been as universally enjoyed as Susannah Felts’ debut novel.”—Largehearted Boy

At the beginning of a lonely summer, 16-year-old Vaughn Vance meets Sophie Birch, and the two forge an instant and volatile alliance at Nashville’s neglected Dragon Park. But when Vaughn takes up photography, she trains her lens on Sophie, and their bond dissolves as quickly as it came into focus. Felts keenly illuminates the pitfalls of coming of age as an artist, the slippery nature of identity, and the clash of class in the New South. This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record is a sparkling and probing debut novel from a rising literary star.

4 Stars in UR Chicago! “Susannah Felts shines in her debut novel.”

“A sweet coming-of-age story…”—Flavorpill

Interview with Venus: “Part Ghost World, part Blake Nelson’s Girl, [This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record] is a funny and inspiring emotional roller coaster that reminds us all too well of that tumultuous time.”

Interview with carp(e) libris: “If you were a teenager in the ’80s like I was, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record will send you whirling back to all the complexities of the… bumpy ride. The difference is, this time you’ll enjoy it.”

Review in Nashville Scene: This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, the debut novel by Scene contributor Susannah Felts, centers on a classic “best girlfriend” pair, but adds a twist: One of the girls is a promising photographer who finds that she does her best work when she turns her camera, sometimes ruthlessly, on her friend.”

Mini-review at ENFUSE: “I became engrossed in Vaughn and Sophie’s story. I highly recommend picking up a copy of this charming novel.”

“After this debut it is obvious that [Susannah Felts] has a great future as a writer.”—410 Media

Interview with What to Wear During an Orange Alert.

Review at The Page Flipper: “There are so many other things that make this book great: the characters, the friendships, the emotions, the quirks, and just the general writing of the story – they all work together to make a high-quality book that is completely lovable.”

Review at Switchback Books’ blog: “I finished Susannah Felts’ debut novel, This Will Go Down on Your Permanent Record, in a day and a half, couldn’t put it down. Here’s why: this book is going to make a difference in young women’s lives. Count on it.”

Interview at {head}:sub/head (also ran at The Terminal): “When I was in high school way back when, [Dragon Park] definitely had a rep as a place where punks and other kids would hang out at night. I wasn’t among them, but I knew about the place and was fascinated by it from afar. I guess that fascination stuck.”

I know those kids hanging out by the dragon. I wanted to be those kids. Susannah Felts perfectly captures the teen struggle: wanting to be different, wanting to fit in. – Julie Halpern, author of Get Well Soon

Susannah Felts’s poignant debut novel tackles one of the toughest questions that follows us into adulthood: What does true friendship look like? Through Vaughn’s camera lens, Felts shows us that the answer is ugly, beautiful, and everything in between. – Hillary Frank, author of Better than Running at Night

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