What’s better than a good book? A good beverage, preferably enjoyed alongside said good book.

Welcome to Book Sips, a new blog series in which we concoct beverages (and occasionally snacks) inspired by our favorite books. For our inaugural post, we wanted something big. I looked no further than Aaron Starmer’s whip-smart SPONTANEOUS, a contemporary coming-of-age novel chock full of romance, friendship—and spontaneous combustion.



Vanilla ice cream

Vanilla cake frosting

Pop Rocks

Coat the rim of your glass with cake frosting. This will act as the glue that will keep the Pop Rocks in place. Add Pop Rocks to the rim. They will start crackling. Add a scoop of ice cream. Pour the champagne.

Covington Curse
Editors’ Notes: we want to drink this right now immediately oh my god

Now on to the book:

Mara Carlyle’s senior year is going as normally as could be expected, until—wabam!—fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc.

Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last teenager to blow up without warning or explanation. As the seniors continue to pop like balloons and the national eye turns to Mara’s suburban New Jersey hometown, the FBI rolls in and the search for a reason is on.

Whip-smart and blunt, Mara narrates the end of their world as she knows it while trying to make it to graduation in one piece. It’s an explosive year punctuated by romance, quarantine,lifelong friendship, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bloggers, ice cream trucks, “Snooze Button™,” Bon Jovi, and the filthiest language you’ve ever heard from the President of the United States.


In SPONTANEOUS, Starmer deftly balances heart, humor, and yes, horror, as the students of Covington High School start to explode without rhyme or reason. With short, snappy chapters that pull you along at a breakneck pace, this is a book that’s truly impossible to put down.

Make sure to pick up SPONTANEOUS when it hits shelves this August!

UPDATE – Aaron Starmer confirms that the Covington Curse is just what the doctor ordered!


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