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As If on Cue


A pair of fierce foes are forced to work together to save the arts at their school in this swoony YA enemies-to-lovers romance that fans of Jenny Han and Morgan Matson are sure to adore.

Lifelong rivals Natalie and Reid have never been on the same team. So when their school’s art budget faces cutbacks, of course Natalie finds herself up against her nemesis once more. She’s fighting to direct the school’s first ever student-written play, but for her small production to get funding, the school’s award-winning band will have to lose it. Reid’s band. And he’s got no intention of letting the show go on.

But when their rivalry turns into an all-out prank war that goes too far, Natalie and Reid have to face the music, resulting in the worst compromise: writing and directing a musical. Together. At least if they deliver a sold-out show, the school board will reconsider next year’s band and theater budget. Everyone could win.

Except Natalie and Reid.

Because after spending their entire lives in competition, they have absolutely no idea how to be co-anything. And they certainly don’t know how to deal with the feelings that are inexplicably, weirdly, definitely developing between them…

Photograph by Sam Cheung

Marisa Kanter is a young adult author, amateur baker, and reality television enthusiast. She is the author of What I Like About You and As If on Cue. Born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, her obsession with books led her to New York City, where she got her degree in media studies and creative writing from New York University. Marisa works in the publishing industry to help books find their perfect readers. Follow her at

"As If on Cue is an absolute delight from beginning to end, one that Marisa Kanter infuses with so much musical theater joy. Natalie and Reid are impossible not to love, whether they’re at each other’s throats, slowly warming up to each other, or fighting their undeniable chemistry. The enemies-to-lovers romcom of my dreams." 

– Rachel Lynn Solomon, author of Today Tonight Tomorrow

“A showstopping follow-up to Kanter’s phenomenal debut, As If on Cue delivers unforgettable swoons, banter, and heart. This book deserves a standing ovation.”

– Kelsey Rodkey, author of Last Chance Books.

"Filled with witty banter, a sweet romance, and Kanter's signature complex family and friendship dynamics, AS IF ON CUE is an uplifting celebration of the arts with a love story that will melt your heart. This book made my inner theatre kid so happy!" 

– Cameron Lund, author of Heartbreakers and Fakers

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