Rights Available! A High-Concept YA Romance

Maggie Lehrman's 'The Last Best Story' as well as Alex de Campi and Victor Santos' 'Bad Girls' are both ripe for optioning.
Courtesy of Gallery 13

The Last Best Story (Balzer + Bray/Harpercollins, Aug. 7) by Maggie Lehrman 
Agency: ICM Partners

With high-concept YA hot thanks to films like Love, Simon and the upcoming The Hate U Give, Lehrman's modern His Girl Friday spin, about high school journalists who fall in love during a prom lockdown scare, should find a big- or small-screen home quickly.

Bad Girls (Gallery 13, July 17) by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos
Agency: APA

This graphic novel thriller, written by the Eisner-nominated de Campi, follows three women — a gangster's girl, a mambo dancer and a jazz singer — trying to flee Cuba with $6 million in mob money as Castro takes over Havana on New Year's Eve 1958.

This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.