Stacey (The Girl He Left Behind novel)
(The novel version of the short story The Girl He Left Behind)
Stacey was as naive as they came. She's never had a boyfriend, she's never fooled around and she never thought there was anything wrong with that. She thought. Suddenly being the only girl out of her friends that isn't dating or at least messing around is the worst thing to be.
Stacey tries to be more like the rest of the girls. She goes to parties, she goes on dates but none of them end with anything. But that's not what the rumours say. The rumours say she's a slut. That she has a different guy every week. That she can't hold a relationship because she keeps wanting more, and more, and more.
Eventually, Stacey begins to act like the label that has been forced onto her.
Because if she's been given a role, she might as well play it.
But when her parents' troubles coming crashing down on her, the boy she thinks she loves spirals out of control, and the hierarchy that keeps her grounded tumbles to the floor, Stacey herself has to stop from fading away and cling onto what's worth living for.
And it comes in the form of Scottie.