Mentee Name: Jen Vincent
Title: HIS KISS
Category: Young Adult
Word Count: 63,000
Sixteen-year-old Nina Whitfield has never been kissed. Last summer, her crush, Hayden, made his move, but she panicked. Now Nina’s relying on her best friend Ev, a lip-lock pro, to coach her through her first-kiss fears. When Ev’s advice is unreliable, Nina ends up with three suitors, a heart-divided, and the need to figure out what matters most—her first kiss, making amends with Hayden, or finally following her heart.
When I think of Hayden, I want to curl into a ball, hide under my bed, and forget that I ruined everything with him last summer. Almost a year later, and my heart still feels broken. I’m ready to swear off boys altogether and not torture myself anymore but then I get this text from Hayden.
“Hey heard your parents party is Saturday? You’ll be there?”
My eyes freeze in their sockets. I blink a few times, I must be imagining it. But no…there really is a text. From Hayden. I look over at my best friend, Ev, who’s sitting cross-legged on the floor, painting her fingernails neon orange. “Um, Ev?” I draw out the words, shocked.
She glances at me for a second, then goes back to painting her pinky finger. “Huh?” she says.
Pushing myself up from my chair, I look at my phone one more time to be sure it’s still there. “Hayden just texted me about Saturday.”
She stops, holding the nail polish brush in mid-air. “For real?” she asks.
There are too many thoughts racing through my head, too many emotions clamoring around – disbelief, anxiety, possibility. All I can do is nod.
“Let me see.” She motions toward my phone, and I scramble to sit down next to her, holding my phone out between us. As we read, my heart pounds in my chest.