9:10am PT by Andy Lewis
'Awkward' Star Ashley Rickards Inks Book Deal
Awkward's Ashley Rickards is writing Get Your Sh!T Together, her first book, publisher Harlequin announced.
Mixing relatable tips for teens and personal stories from Rickards, the book is scheduled to be published in spring 2015.
Rickards is the star of MTV's teen dramedy Awkward, which has her earned her a People's Choice award.
The opening premise had Rickards dealing with unwanted attention at school when an accident she had is confused for a suicide attempt.
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The stories Rickards will tell about her own childhood include being bullied and how she got kicked out of the Girl Scouts.
She will add fashion, relationship and health advice to those tales. The book is touted by the publisher as offering "real solutions for real girls."
“Despite her meteoric success, Ashley Rickards is relatable, down-to-earth, and wise beyond her years,” said editor Rebecca Hunt. “Her insight, empathy and guidance will help young women worldwide wade through any and all awkward phases and come out better on the other side.”
The book is part of Harlequin's ongoing effort to expand the publisher's offerings beyond its traditional romance story base (think those Fabio covers) into YA and pop culture.
Katherine Latshaw of Folio Literary negotiated the deal on behalf of Rickards.