Jessica Speer is the author of the middle-grade books, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships (Releasing July 2021) and Dissecting Middle School (Releasing 2022). 

Her research and writing help readers navigate relationships, plus the tricky and awkward stuff that life tosses our way. Combining humor, the voices of kids and research-based explanations, Jessica unpacks difficult topics in ways that connect with tweens and teens.

In addition to writing, speaking, and leading programs, she’s the mother of two daughters and an adjunct faculty member of Colorado Mountain College. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences.

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“When we strip everything away, life is really about love and connection. Through self-awareness, compassion, and connecting with our shared humanity, we learn to nurture connection, one moment, one conversation, one step at a time.”

Jessica Speer