TITLE: Reality Sucks
GENRE: Contemporary YA
Moans escape from Mom’s bedroom. God, it’s the middle of the afternoon, usually the guy’s gone by now. I cap my Passion Pink nail polish and reach down to pick up a flip-flop lying beside my bed. With experienced accuracy, I fling it across the hallway at her bedroom door. As an extra precaution, I hobble over and slam my door. I add the polish to my overnight bag in case I need to make any touch-ups later at Dad’s.
My phone buzzes next to me. “Hey, Dad,” I answer. “You on your way?”
“Sorry, Sweets, can’t do tonight. The guys are dragging me to a club in the city.”
Dad’s already flaked on me three times this month. Not again. “That’s okay. I don’t mind hanging out alone at your place.”
“Yeah, not this time. We got a hotel, and your mom would have a s***-fit if I left you alone all night.”
“Please, Dad. Mom doesn’t have to know.” I try not to sound too whiny—his biggest pet peeve. “I need your computer to message Julius. He hasn’t answered my texts all week.”
I’m in need of a major life makeover. Last year I was desperate for a boyfriend. In the process, I made out with a lot of guys and kinda earned a slutty rep. I want to lose it before my junior year starts in the fall. I need my best friend’s advice.
“Good. I don’t like you hanging out with that freak, Amber.”