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242 pages, Paperback
First published October 1, 2012
The day Laura told everyone I was probably just like my mom— a butch softball player who probably likes girls— Drew crawled into my bed and held me until I cried out every tear in my body. He held me all night long. Even with everything that’s happened to me, I have to thank you for letting me keep Drew. Written on February 17; kissed and tucked away in my Bible.
He has two bumper stickers: one is for the Braves, the other reads CO-EXIST and is covered by all these symbols that I recognize from Brother John’s PowerPoint presentation on devil worshipping signs.
I blow warm air onto my hands and rub them together. “Is this okay? I mean, are we allowed to talk off school property?”
He thinks for a few secs. “I haven’t read the school handbook. I have no idea. But we’re not going clubbing or anything. We’re just getting food, right?”
“Right.” Totally cool. I’m totally cool. Breathe. “Why do you want to get dinner with me?”
He lifts a shoulder, chewing his gum. “We both gotta eat.”
“Don’t you have plans? A family? A girlfriend? A wife?”
He laughs and jingles his keys. “Let’s go.”
Wha-huh? He hasn't read the handbook? I come from a family of educators and worked for a school district--trust me, he would have read the handbook and known that socializing with a student in this manner (he later orders a PBR at the restaurant) is alone grounds for dismissal in many school systems.
I wear the shortest shorts I own and try to look as sexy as possible, even when doing sit-ups. He barely looks my way! But then at night, we message on Facebook. That’s the wonderful part.
Just goes to show that a trip to a new church won’t automatically make me a good person. I don’t deserve any of this.
FNL Character Rating: Jess Merriweather would roll her eyes at Parker's shallow self-absorption, poor decision-making and lackadaisical approach to sports team management.
Disclosure: Received for review from the publisher via NetGalley.
“I can talk to God while I’m walking the dog or running in the woods just the same as if I’m at church.”