About Jay

Jay Clark is the author of Finding Mr. Brightside, which author Jerry Spinelli (Stargirl) calls "one of my favorite YA books ever," and The Edumacation of Jay Baker, which Booklist praised in a starred review: "The magic lies in the telling." He's also a random blogger. Surprisingly popular entries like "How to stop hating people in 21 minutes" and "8 tips for posting your best selfie yet!" can be found on his website: jayclarkbooks.com. When he isn't writing, Jay enjoys thinking seriously about getting a golden retriever puppy but then having second thoughts about it, playing tennis as if something important is at stake, and complaining about his monthly Starbucks expenses when they're fully within his control. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

What do your dance moves say about you?

They've got a feeling ... it's electric!

In my new book, Finding Mr. Brightside, Juliette gets dragged out onto the dance floor by twerking dervish Heidi and instinctive robot buster-outer Abram. What does any of that even mean? See below for a more detailed explanation.

Here are the 8 known dance floor archetypes (that I can currently think of):

1. Twerking dervish. Has a tendency to indiscriminately rub butt upon the fronts and/or backsides of others. Can often be heard encouraging fellow dancers to do the same/return the favor (“Get it!!!”), as is the case with lovable scene-stealer Heidi in Finding Mr. Brightside.


How to survive your next first kiss (in 7 sexy steps)

What's inside the box? A friend card! Don't keep the passion too close to your polo.Most of the time we’re too drunk nervous to enjoy our first kiss. This is the case for Juliette in my new book, Finding Mr. Brightside, who struggles with her tendency to vacuum the romance out of the room whenever the timing seems sexy enough for a lip lock — e.g., skinny dipping in the Atlantic. If only she’d had the below first-kiss tips, she might’ve jumped in (face first) a lot sooner. Live, learn, make out.

8 skinny-dipping tips for any inappropriately nude occasion

Don't forget to (carefully) grab yourself a skinny-dipping partner!
In my new book, Finding Mr. Brightside, Juliette and Abram find themselves having a skinny-dipping moment in the Atlantic ocean. By no means am I personally endorsing such body-baring pastimes, but if you absolutely must show what your mama still considers to be hers, arm and leg yourself with the below tips first.

1. When the person(s) you’re near water with suggest skinny-dipping as an option, don’t act too excited