TITLE: Two Plus One
GENRE: MG - Realistic Fiction
When a cool new kid inserts himself right in the middle of Samantha and David’s best friendship, the two seventh graders learn how easy it is to hurt a friend, and how hard it can be to own up to what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you.
I’m doing Shrinky Dinks with Allie when the doorbell rings and Mom shouts from upstairs, “Answer that. It’s probably Luke,” even though she’s the one who set up this Meet the New Kid date, and ruined my last winter vacation Saturday.
It would be so much easier if she would just come downstairs, open the door and do a Mom thing, with cookies and “let me introduce you to my son, David, who’s in seventh grade too.” But no. I push my Shrinky Dinks over to Allie’s side of the table and turn on the TV to ESPN so it will look like I’ve been watching sports, not dorking out doing arts and crafts with my little sister.
I open the front door, and think: twelve minutes. Because that’s how long Luke Sullivan will be my friend.
He’s already started his growth spurt, and has hair on his upper lip, enough to maybe even shave, plus some kind of sideburn action happening. Me? Think pale ginger. The Pillsbury Dough Boy with a curly carrot top -- except I do not giggle when people poke my belly. Oh, yeah, and freckles. Lots of freckles. I’m rocking the freckles.
The only person who would ever think that I have anything in common with Luke Sullivan is my mother.
“Hey,” he says. “Thanks for having me over.”
“Come on in,” I say, thinking that he is one of those guys who will have every girl in school writing his name in stupid cursive with hearts around it.