They say high school will be the best years of your life.
It’s a lie.
Lexie and Dylan used to be the best of friends. That all changed the summer before freshman year when their mothers skipped town together without explanation.
When the scandal broke and fueled the school rumor mill, it branded Lexie as an outcast. For three excruciatingly long years, she faced endless torment by heartless bullies in her class.
It wasn’t long after his mother left that Dylan ran headlong into a slippery slope of self-destruction. As he rose to the top of the social ladder, he turned his back on Lexie and used bitter resentment to hide his pain.
When the two are forced to spend the summer together, tensions run high, but emotions run higher as the former best friends struggle to navigate the uneasy months ahead. But even if Lexie and Dylan can find their way back to each other, can either learn to forgive their mothers when the truth behind their leaving comes out?
Genre: Young Adult
Cover Designed By: Sonya Loveday
Photo Credit: Adobe Stock / Pixabay
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Sweat beaded everywhere. Face, chest, back. It was like a sauna. Thunder rumbled in the distance and the wind picked up. After I closed the door, I scooped the first aid kit from the bottom of the stairs where it must have slid when I dropped it.
The sound of Lexie’s voice guided me into the kitchen where she stood at the sink with her phone tucked between her shoulder and her ear as she started to unwind the shirt from her hand.
Her harsh laugh stopped me from taking another step.
“I couldn’t tell you what St. Augustine looks like. I’ve been stuck in remodeling hell,” she said, sharply before adding, “Hang on, I have to put you on speaker.”
She took the phone from her shoulder, moved it to the window ledge, then propped it up. “So how’s your summer been so far?”
“What summer? The boss found out I had a lot of free time now, and he piled on the hours,” Heath answered, adding a dramatic sigh.
Lexie laughed again, though it sounded amused this time.
“How is that funny? You get sand and sun. I get florescent lighting and rude customers,” Heath grumbled.
“Hey, I’m working, too. Besides, weren’t you the one who was complaining about needing more money?”
“Yeah, well, I didn’t mean I wanted to work my entire summer away,” he said.
“How’s everything else?”
I wanted to back out of the room and give her a little privacy, but I couldn’t move because I didn’t want to miss her reply.
She shrugged as if he could see her. “Just working.”
“Lex… has it been bad?”
“No.” Her answer sounded strained.
“Uh-oh, spill it,” Heath said.
Her light tone was clearly forced when she said, “There’s nothing to spill, dummy.”
“Lex, I know you. I know you better than almost anyone. What’s up?”
“It’s nothing, really. Just different… ya know?” she answered.
Heath sighed. “I know. But hey, look at it this way… you don’t have to deal with the assholes while you’re there. At least you get a break from here. Damn it, I gotta go. My lunch break is over. Talk to you soon?”
Her head bobbed. “Yeah, of course. You call me, though, since your schedule is so busy.”
“I will. Take care, Lex. And try to have a little fun. I want a full report on St. Augustine when I call you again. Bye!”
The phone disconnected, but I didn’t move until Lexie turned the cold tap on the sink. “Fun. Yeah, right.”
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