Senior year is not going as planned. The drama club Sadie Perkins co-founded is being hijacked by the new director, college applications loom like a sinister unknown, and Sadie’s boyfriend Alex moves in with her family while his mother is in the hospital.

That’s right, moves in. They eat every meal together, sleep across the hallway from each other, and share a bathroom. Can you say awkward?

At least Sadie has theatre to keep her sane. She’s got a lead in Seussical, and satisfies her need to create with Whossical, a student-produced satire of the beloved Dr. Seuss-themed musical.

If Sadie’s choosing and winning the roles she wants, why does she feel so out of control?

“I loved this piece, which discovers the true essence of growing up.”

Prof. Walter R. Stump

Praise for Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups

“Stevens drew me into her story and held me there, which is not easily done. Her best work is in rendering her main character, Sadie. Stevens captures the impossible twists and turns of a teenage brain. She restructures syntax, develops a new writing structure [Sadie scripts her life during tense moments] and captures a burgeoning theatrical mind with its creative offshoots and raging hormones, without damaging the story or character.” — Walter R. Stump, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern Maine

“I would recommend this book to any young adult (or their parents); it’s not preachy, the characters have depth, the issues are current and are dealt with in realistic ways. Turn off the Hallmark station, and read this series instead!” — Wicked Good Witch of Metrowest

“Don’t miss out on the third book in this wonderful series. It is insightful and creative. Enjoyable for all ages!” — L. Murphy

Excerpt from Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups


SADIE PERKINS run-walks up the path to ALEX HOLMAN’s front door, ten torturous steps away, her long, light auburn hair – perfectly curled for once – bouncing against her back. Her expression alternates between anticipation and apprehension, a teen angst version of the comedy and tragedy theatre masks.

Unable to wait, Alex pushes the screen door wide open and leaps down his front steps in one bound.


Sadie, man have I missed you!

Alex swoops Sadie into his embrace. His bicep muscles squeeze like a vise as he lifts her off the ground and spins her around. She can’t breathe but doesn’t care, and soon it doesn’t matter because Alex smothers her mouth with his–

“Sadie!” my mother screamed up the stairs, yanking me out of my embarrassingly passionate daydream about how Alex and I would reunite after a long, hot summer apart. “If you’re going to see Alex before your dentist appointment, you better go now. We have to leave in half an hour.”

“I’m going now,” I lied, pulling a pillow over my face and waiting while my heartbeat returned to normal. Which was a waste of time, because seven minutes later when I walked toward Alex’s front door for real, my heart resumed its frantic tempo. Why did he do this to me? After ten years of being best friends and next-door neighbors, I should be used to him by now. But I’d only been his girlfriend for eight months and eleven days, or six months and seven days if you subtracted the weeks he just spent at his cousins’ house in California.

Where To Buy Bit Players, Bird Girls and Fake Break-Ups

The Bit Players series is available as paperback and ebook. Buy on if you’d like to support independent bookstores.

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