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I write young adult stories that could take place next week—but let's hope they don't.



Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Charisma by Jeanne Ryan
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan: Now a feature film


Readers will find themselves flipping madly to the very last page. 

-Kirkus Reviews

Ryan questions the nature of entertainment and explores the concept of privacy in a world of increasingly sophisticated social media. Teens will find themselves drawn in by the story’s possibilities, and unNERVEd by its outcome. Give this to Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games fans. - School Library Journal

Ryan’s story is thought-provoking and unsettling…the ending goes off with a bang and a twist.

-Publishers Weekly

“[Nerve] is a head-trip of a book, that will make you question the popularity of reality shows and online games.” - Parkersburg News & Sentinel

“[Nerve] whizzes along at a tremendous, thoroughly enjoyable clip.” -A.V. Club

“[Charisma is a] provocative and entertaining read…a solid thriller.” -Kirkus Reviews

“Not a far step from Ned Vizzini’s Be More Chill…The science is explained well enough for non-scientist readers to understand, and gives teens much to think about regarding medical ethics and experimentation.” -School Library Journal on Charisma

“[F]resh and intriguing.”  -Publishers Weekly on Charisma

“This Robin Cook–like thriller zips along at breakneck speed to a satisfying conclusion.”  -Booklist on Charisma

Foreign & Audio


Audio Edition

Blackstone Audio

Bulgarian Edition



Bosnian Edition

BTC Šahinpašić

Catalan Edition

Edicions 62

Chinese (simplified)

Tiandi Publishing House

Chinese (traditional) Reading Addiction

Chinese (traditional) 

Reading Addiction Publishing

Dutch Edition
Van Goor, Unieboek

Dutch Edition
Van Goor, Unieboek

French Edition
Editions Robert Laffont

French 2nd Edition

Editions Robert Laffont

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French Edition

Editions Robert Laffont

German Edition

cbt, Verlagsgruppe Random House

Hungarian Edition

Gabo Kiado

Italian Movie
Tie-In Edition

Newton Comptom Editori

Italian Edition

Newton Comptom Editori

Charisma - Portuguese (Brazil) Editora P

Portuguese (Brazil) Editora Planeta Publishing

Portuguese (Brazil) Edition Planeta


Portuguese (Portugal) Edition

Editorial Presença

Romanian Edition

Leda Edge

Charisma - Russian edition, AST Publishi

Russian Edition

AST Publishing

Russian Edition

AST Release
Holdings Ltd.

Serbian Edition

Urban Reads

Spanish Edition


Taiwanese Edition


Taiwanese  2nd Edition Doing

Turkish Edition


UK/Australian Edition

Simon & Schuster UK

UK/Australian Edition

Simon & Schuster UK

Nerve Ukranian edition, KM Books Publish


KM Books Publishing



Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico (Emma Roberts), has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition, the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.




Based on the novel by Jeanne Ryan


Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Colson Baker, Kimiko Glenn, Marc John Jeffries, Brian Marc, Samira Wiley and Juliette Lewis

Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman

Jessica Sharzer

Allison Shearmur, p.g.a; Anthony Katagas, p.g.a



I’ve lived all over the world, raised in a family with eleven brothers and sisters. I spent my early childhood in Hawaii and the rest of my growing-up years trying to figure out a way to get back there, with stops in South Korea, Michigan and Germany along the way. Before writing fiction, I tried my hand at many things, including war game simulation and youth development research. But I decided it was much more fun to work on stories than statistics.

These days, I still love Hawaii, but have found my home under the moody skies of the Pacific Northwest.


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