TITLE: The Lies That Become Us
GENRE: YA Contemporary
Money may not buy happiness, but it sure can buy some freaking beautiful, howl-at-the-moon-worthy, designer shoes.
I stand transfixed in front of the Nordstrom display at the most hallowed place in the world: the magical, magnificent Mall of America. The Jimmy Choos are a flawless blend of classic style and modern design, four-and-a-half inch elegant heels with a wrap-around strap. They coordinate perfectly with the black, form-fitting dress in the bag at my side purchased for the most important day of my life.
These shoes deserve to be worshipped on the altar of homecoming court. These shoes could bring world peace. These shoes could—
“Piper, what are you doing?” my best friend Adeline asks.
I have to choke down the emotion before squeaking out, “They’re perfect.”
Adeline’s eyes follow my focus to the shoes. She shakes her head so adamantly her blonde ponytail whips her in the face. “They’re Twelve. Hundred. Dollars.”
I roll my eyes. “That’s an exaggeration. They’re only $1199.”
Adeline stands with a hand on her hip. “Your dad warned you about spending money.”
I hitch my bags over the shoulder of my Michael Kors white leather jacket, which is a perfect contrast to my wavy, brown hair. “Come on, Ads. What Roy doesn’t know won’t hurt him.”
“Calling your dad ‘Roy’ doesn’t change the fact he’s your dad. It just makes you sound weird.”
I sigh. “He’s on the campaign trail. Again. He knows I’m going to spend money.”