Monica Zepeda '90
Last month saw the release of the debut novel by Monica Zepeda '90, "The Boys in the Beast," praised as "a powerful voyage in three voices" and "a smart and fearless road-trip novel perfect for fans of Benjamin Alire Saenz or Meg Medina."
The characters and setting as described in the press release:
The Route: Seventeen hundred miles from Portland, Oregon, to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Beast: Grandma Lupe's 1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe.
The Boys, three strangers who also happen to be cousins:
|Matt. Evangelical Christian. Earnest. Film nerd. Carrying a dream to make movies — despite the future his father has planned for him.|
|Ethan. Jewish. Gay. Sci-fi nerd. Carrying a phone that contains his entire relationship with Levi — unless they finally get to meet IRL on this trip.|
|Oscar. Stoner. Smartass. Too cool to be a nerd. Carrying a letter that haunts him — no matter how hard he tries to escape it.|
The End: ...just might be a new beginning.
Zepeda is a Southern California native who spent her teen years in the desert wilds of Joshua Tree. She moved to Los Angeles, London and Arizona before settling down permanently in L.A. Along the way, she's worked as a bookseller, produced reality television shows, and written plays, feature films and video games. Zepeda now serves as a teen librarian and lives near the beach with her husband and their "unbelievably cute" cats.