My First Kiss 💋 (and Other Summer Disasters...
Hartley's face morphs into a slow understanding. "Oh my God ... you're scared!"
"I'm not scared," I outright lie.
"Of course, you are. You have no idea what to expect! It's like going into battle without the basic training of boot camp." She stops suddenly and faces me. "Do you want me to teach you how?"
"Oh, come on. It's not a big deal."
I shake my head so vigorously it feels like it might twist right off my neck. "We're done talking about this," I tell her, darting away.
Hartley laughs and jogs after me. "I'm not going to kiss you, silly. I'm just going to walk you through how it's done. You know ... like a play by play."
I stop and stare. "A play by play? For kissing?"
"Exactly. That way you'll know what to expect."
"And you're not going to laugh at me?" I ask, suspiciously.
My best friend's eyes widen in mock horror. "I would never."
Fifteen-year-old Gwen Lincoln has three goals before sophomore year begins: experience her first real kiss; find a way to get rid of her annoyingly "cute" chipmunk cheeks once and for all; and forget about the separation of her parents, something she has yet to mention to her best friend Hartley MacKenna, whose house she's visiting for the summer.
With Hartley's help, Gwen's summer of change begins, but nothing prepares her for meeting Sullivan "Sully" Reed, the impossibly cute soccer player next door.
Gwen adjusts quickly to Hartley's adventure-seeking world, but when she discovers the secret her best friend has been hiding, will it be too late?
This is a coming-of-age story about the trials and triumphs of best friendships and first loves, and how the course of those relationships can change our lives forever.