Rights Available! 'Friday Night Lights' Meets 'Concussion' in New YA Novel

Kate Bowler's 'Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved,' along with Mike Lupica's 'Lone Stars,' are both ripe for optioning.
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Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved (Random House, Feb. 6) by Kate Bowler
Agency: Gotham Group

The Duke Divinity School professor chronicles her stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis at age 35 and how it upended her beliefs. Her Jan. 26 New York Times op-ed furthered the conversation.

Lone Stars (Philomel Books, Sept. 12, 2017) by Mike Lupica
Agency: ICM Partners

Shopped as Friday Night Lights meets Concussion, this YA novel from the best-selling sports columnist follows a middle schooler who suspects his beloved football coach, a former pro player, is suffering from CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

This story first appeared in the Feb. 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.