GENRE: YA Contemporary
In the car on their way home, Taylor turns to Dawson, the one person she trusts with her incriminating secret.
“My best friend, Kim, can’t keep a secret. I can’t tell Malorie because of her dad. I can’t talk to my mother. I can’t believe I’m telling you everything.”
“I can’t believe you’re in the middle of this mess.”
“Me neither. But my secret’s safe with you, right? You promised.”
“Before I agree to anything else, I need you to return what you took from Mr. Baldwin’s office. He’ll go looking for the agreement after I talk to him. Can you replace the papers without getting caught?”
“No. You can’t.” My voice went flat. “I don’t want you to say anything.”
“I’m dead if you say something to Mr. Baldwin. My parents will find out, and I’ll be grounded for life. Then I’ll never find Mrs. Kline’s daughter. You can tell Mr. Baldwin whatever you want, after I find Laura Kline.” I barely smiled—the way a girl smiles when she first gets braces.
“That’s a good look on you.” Dawson’s single nod translated into, “your secret is safe.”
I picked up my backpack. “I better go.” I reached for the door handle, and when I turned back to say good-bye, Dawson was running around the jeep. The next thing I knew, he opened my car door and helped me out.
“What are you doing?” I wasn’t looking for an argument, but I didn’t want him to think I was a high-maintenance-kind-of-girl.
“I’m walking you to your door.”
I stood next to him, with nervous energy and pursed lips.
And that’s when it happened. Dawson leaned in and planted a kiss that was full of sparks and fiery passion, directly on my puckered up with my what-the-heck’s-happening lips. My very first official kiss went horribly right, and I didn’t see it coming.