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"It's all fun and games 'till somebody falls in love."
The only thing that Riley Matthews has ever known about relationships is that they all end. That's how it's always been, all around her. Her parents broke off their marriage after too many late-night whispered arguments, and she's just recently been through a break-up with the school's biggest jerk, Lucas Friar. She's in senior year, trying to scrape up enough money to make it into NYU, but knows it won't be quite enough.
So she works at the city carnival for a week. She likes the job, it pays well enough, so she keeps going. Every few days she switches booths.
She never thought she would happen to meet Farkle Minkus, the quietest kid in school and the resident genius. He comes to the carnival almost every night, just to Riley's stations, then disappears without a trace.
Riley never knew how much she needed him until he was gone.
~Amazing cover creds to @Toobigofadreamer
❗️TRIGGER WARNING: MENTIONS OF ABUSE AND VIOLENCE❗️