Maddie + Max

By Megan Effertz

In her debut novel, Maddie + Max, Megan captures the simplicity of falling in love in the 90’s, and the complications that come with different family dynamics. She tosses in heart-breaking and surprising twists, as Maddie and Max navigate new and hard feelings.

Publishing April 15, 2024



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Can love survive heartbreak and secrets?

Maddie + Max

When Maddie and Max have a chance meeting after school, sparks fly, literally. The electricity between them is undeniable as they strike up a secret romance. Stealing time alone together, Maddie sees a side of Max that he doesn’t dare share with anyone else. They’re so connected that when they can’t be together, Maddie sees Max in her dreams. Their time together binds them while Max’s secret eventually pulls them a part. Years later, a surprise encounter leads to a moment of passion followed by tremendous heartbreak. The aftermath leaves Maddie dealing with an unexpected secret that she can’t reveal to Max. Instead, Maddie runs from Max but can’t escape dreams of him which haunt her days and nights. Over the next couple of decades, the universe waits patiently for prime moments to thrust Maddie and Max back together, just when she thinks she’s finally let him go.

“A testament to the power of the heart and soul, Maddie and Max reminds us that the truest form of love is the one that dares to defy the odds.”

Corinne V – New Haven, CT

“Maddie + Max captures the nostalgia of falling in love in the 90’s as a teen.”

Teresa K – Houston, Texas

“The heartbreak moments and surprise twists as Maddie + Max navigate their feelings make this book hard to put down.”

 Laurie L – Denver, Colorado

The story of Maddie + Max will keep you turning the pages to move forward in their story, all the while making you pause to look back and reflect upon your own.

Krista S. – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Maddie + Max Blog

Check out the Maddie + Max playlist featuring 90’s hits, get the book club discussion guide, and more!

90s Fashion

90s Fashion

Hey, the 90’s called and they want their fashion back. Doesn’t it seem like the 90’s have sneaked up on us and infiltrated our stores and shopping sites? I was walking through Target the other day and they had a wall of denim – denim vests, denim shirts, denim...

Will There Be a Sequel?

Will There Be a Sequel?

I get asked a lot if there will be a sequel to Maddie + Max. My honest answer is, I don’t know yet. I fell in love with the characters as I wrote them and often think about what they might be doing now. I’ve kicked around a few ideas but haven’t found the right...

Rock On – Another Maddie + Max Playlist

Rock On – Another Maddie + Max Playlist

When words can’t quite do it justice, sometimes a song says it better. Kids, especially teens, aren’t great at talking about their feelings let alone describing them. I know when I was a teen and I was upset, I’d go to my room and crank up my stereo. I had a mix of...

About Megan

Megan Effertz grew up spending her days on Lake Minnetonka, renting movies from Blockbuster at night, and being influenced by John Hughes movies as she was coming of age. Those epic movies, coupled with the real-life love stories of her parents and grandparents, each marrying within six-months of meeting, left her no chance of becoming anything other than a hopeless romantic.

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