In this delightfully romantic LGBTQ+ comedy-of-errors inspired by Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, a high school senior works up the courage to ask her long-time crush to prom, all while deciding if she should look for her bio family.
Jane Worthing's claim to fame is that she was one first viral internet sensations, dubbed #bagbaby--discovered as a one-year-old in an oversized Gucci bag by her adopted father in a Poughkeepsie train station.
Now in her senior year of high school, Janey is questioning whether she wants to look for her bio family due to a loving, but deeply misguided push from her best friend Algie, while also navigating an all-consuming crush on his cousin, the beautiful, way-out-of-her-league Gwen Fairfax.
And while Janey's never thought of herself as the earnest type, she needs to be honest with her parents, Algie, Gwen, but mostly herself if she wants to make her life truly epic. With a wink toward Oscar Wilde's beloved play, Epically Earnest explores the complexity of identity, the many forms family can take, and the importance of being . . . yourself.
Author: Molly Horan
Publisher: Clarion Books
Binding Type: Hardcover
Size: 8.42h x 5.80w x 0.82d
Age Range: 13-17
Kirkus Reviews 04/01/2022
Publishers Weekly 04/25/2022
Booklist 06/01/2022 pg. 72
School Library Journal 07/01/2022 pg. 65
About the Author
Molly Horan is a graduate of the New School's MFA program in writing for children and young adults. She currently works as an English professor teaching writing for young adults and writing for the web at NYU and SVA. Molly resides in Astoria, New York.