Title: KISSING FROGS
Genre: YA Contemporary
I’m not exactly the fairy-tale princess type. Flowers don’t bloom at my feet, and birds don’t follow me around, singing happy little songs. I’m seventeen years old, and I’ve never even been out on a real date.
Not that I’m waiting for Prince Charming to come riding in on a white horse and plant a magical kiss on my virgin lips that will suddenly make my whole life perfect, but I still wish that kind of perfect, true love existed.
I know I’m too old to believe in fairy tales, but I want to find a guy who loves me for who I am, and doesn’t just want to get in my pants. So when my best guy friend, Jarod, pretends to be in love with me, it’s kind of fun to play along.
“Hi gorgeous.” Jarod met me at my classroom door and took my books.
“Hey, Jarod. What’s up?”
He grinned. Then, he wiggled his eyebrows and winked.
My cheeks blazed. “Ugh. Don’t be such a pervert. You know what I meant.”
“Yeah,” he laughed. “But you’re cute when you’re embarrassed.”
He twirled the combination and yanked my locker open. He dropped his backpack on the bottom shelf and handed my flute to me. “No homework today, right?”
I shook my head.
He started to close the locker door, but he stopped when he saw the tattered paper, taped below the mirror. “Where did this come from?” he demanded, tearing it down and crumpling it in his fist.