Chaos Theory (Hardcover)

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Get ready for all the feels in Nic Stone's latest contemporary YA novel, a coming-of-age romance about two Atlanta-area teens who look perfect on paper but are dealing with past trauma. Shelbi, the genius daughter of a best-selling Black romance author and a neurosurgeon, and Andy, the biracial, Ivy League-bound son of a conservative Black politician, go to the same private school but don't know each other. The two seniors share an unconventional meet-cute over Andy's drunk-text to a wrong-number intended for his ex and end up bonding quickly -- but they are both keeping secrets and don't know how to navigate their increasingly intense relationship. Stone, who has been open about her personal journey with mental health, writes these characters with care, and the result is a beautiful if occasionally devastating story of finding love when you least expect it.

— Sandie


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin delivers a gripping romance about two teens: a certified genius living with a diagnosed mental disorder and a politician's son who is running from his own addiction and grief. Don't miss this gut punch of a novel about mental health, loss, and discovering you are worthy of love.

Scars exist to remind us of what we’ve survived.
Since Shelbi enrolled at Windward Academy as a senior and won’t be there very long, she hasn’t bothered making friends. What her classmates don’t know about her can’t be used to hurt her—you know, like it did at her last school.
Andy Criddle is not okay. At all.
He’s had far too much to drink.
Again. Which is bad.
And things are about to get worse.
When Shelbi sees Andy at his lowest, she can relate. So she doesn’t resist reaching out. And there’s no doubt their connection has them both seeing stars . . . but the closer they get, the more the past threatens to pull their universes apart.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone delivers a tour de force about living with grief, prioritizing mental health, and finding love amid the chaos.

About the Author

Nic Stone was born and raised in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. After graduating from Spelman College, she worked extensively in teen mentoring and lived in Israel for a few years before returning to the US to write full-time. You can find her on her website:

Praise For…

"Stone’s talent for writing compassionately about controversial topics that affect the lives of many is on display." —The Washington Post

A beautiful exploration of neurodivergence, grief, and taking risks.” —Booklist

“Readers will appreciate Stone’s honest discussion of the critical issues of mental illness and substance abuse... as well as what it means to support a friend who is in need.” —The Horn Book

“An honest, if stark, examination of how teen relationships can grow and mature through intense trials.” —School Library Journal

“An honest work that highlights the importance of mental illness advocacy amid societal preconceptions and pressures.”Publishers Weekly

“A thoughtful, realistically messy emotional wallop that destigmatizes mental disorders.” Kirkus Reviews

“Offers a discussion starter about the prioritization of recovery and healing.” —The Bulletin

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593307700
ISBN-10: 0593307704
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 28th, 2023
Pages: 288
Language: English