Launching Leila Sales's If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say

This event will be held at our Prince Street (Manhattan) location. 


In this timely and discussable young adult novel, a well-respected high school girl becomes the object of public Internet shaming after writing an offensive tweet that goes viral.
This provocative and relevant young adult novel is about Winter, a one-time National Spelling Bee Champ with a bright future ahead of her. That all changes after she haphazardly writes an offensive tweet that she thought was a harmless joke. What unfolds is a barrage of Internet shaming and rejection from her community and closest friends. Winter seeks to redeem herself but first must come to terms with what she wrote and understand why there was so much backlash.

Written with Leila Sale's trademark humor and keen eye for observation, If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say deftly explores issues of microaggressions, culpability, and the boundaries of forgiveness.

Leila Sales is the author of the young adult novels Tonight the Streets Are Ours, This Song Will Save Your Life, Mostly Good Girls, and Past Perfect, as well as Once Was a Time, for younger readers. 

This Song Will Save Your Life garnered two starred reviews, was included on the American Library Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list, was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year, and was listed as one of the Best YA Books of the year by It has been published in twelve foreign territories.

Leila grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. When she's not writing, she spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, chocolate, and how to get more of all of them. Leila lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children’s book publishing. Follow her @LeilaSalesBooks or at