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David Arnold talks with Adam Silvera about writing their friendship into his next book

Authors David Arnold (Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite) and Adam Silvera (History is All You Left Me) aren’t just friends in real life anymore: In his next novel, Arnold has written a character who’s a whole lot like him, and one who’s a whole lot like Silvera, bringing their friendship into the fictional story.

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, which follows a 16-year-old Bowie fan named Noah Oakman who gets hypnotized and sees the world around him change in utterly strange ways. It’s Arnold’s first brush with surrealism, and, as the publisher’s summary explains, is “a story about all the ways we hurt our friends without knowing it, and all the ways they stick around to save us.”

To introduce us to Noah and his world before the book’s May 22, 2018, release, Arnold and Silvera had an exclusive conversation for EW where they talk about writing, GIFs, their friendship, and the Harry Potter book they both think is the worst of the series. (Ed. note: They’re SO wrong.)

Check out their chat below, as well as medias exclusive first look at the novel’s trippy cover.

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