Rights Available! 'Kitchen Confidential' Meets 'Bridget Jones' in New Novel by a Former Waiter

Stephanie Danler's 'Sweetbitter,' along with Leopoldo Gout's 'Genius: The Game,' are both ripe for optioning.
Courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf

This week's Rights Available titles feature a buzzy summer beach read and a new YA novel. Sweetbitter has been getting strong reviews and complementary profiles for the author. It is likely to be one of the summer's breakout new books. Also making the rounds in Hollywood is a new YA novel from James Patterson protege Leopoldo Gout. More on this week's titles:

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler (Alfred A. Knopf)
Agency: CAA

This Kitchen Confidential-meets-Bridget Jones story is getting rave reviews and adoring profiles for its waiter turned author. Inspired by Danler's life, a Midwestern ingenue gets swept up in the world of the hot Manhattan restaurant where she works and is swept away by its handsome bartender.

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout (Feiwel & Friends)
Agency: CAA

Gout, a James Patterson protégé, is poised to be the next YA breakout. Shepherded by legendary editor Jean Feiwel of Harry Potter fame, Genius follows three young braniacs from around the world who enter a strange and compelling game. Already Internet friends, they find themselves in a high-stakes parallel reality of spying and suspicion far beyond what they expected

This story first appeared in the June 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.