TITLE: LEANING TOWARD OPTIMISM
GENRE: YA Contemporary
This day just took a really crappy turn. It hadn’t been overwhelmingly swell to begin with, what with my boyfriend acting awkward and distant all evening. He’d nibbled endlessly and silently through dinner, had texted through most of our walk along the beach, and now he huffed and puffed as he paced in front of the bench.
Our bench. The scene of our first kiss.
He sat down. Finally. All that pacing made me nervous. Chris clenched the edge of the bench as I leaned into him, hoping he’d kiss me and relax a little.
“Ivy, listen. We have to talk.” He stared at the ground as he spoke. “You know I love you, but I think I love you too much. I…we…can’t enjoy college if we’re in a relationship. We need to break up.” He kept speaking, but I couldn’t listen anymore. He loved me too much?
“You understand, don’t you?” he asked. In front of me, the sun was setting over the ocean. His eyes burned into the side of my head, but I didn’t know what kind of response he was waiting for. Beneath me, the bench shifted as he scooted closer.
Sure, I understood. My boyfriend, the guy I was in love with, was dumping me the day before our high school graduation. He laid his hand across mine. I turned toward him, fighting the urge to tuck back the sandy blonde hair falling over his forehead.