Becca’s in high school, but she hasn’t been on the same page as her best friends since just before the start of middle school and she doesn’t know exactly how things got so different. Not different in some edgy, gritty, she’s-a-rebel way. More of a Yes-she’s-a-dork way. Which makes it all the more amazing that while other friendships have crashed and burned all around them the four of girls have managed to stay Best Friends Forever. She doesn’t need to share in her friends’ spotlight. Becca’s happy to follow along in the shadows, as long as she’s not totally cast aside.
She’s definitely not ready for guys. In fact, she just wants to skip right over high school and jump straight to twenty-two. By then she figures she will have gotten through her first date, first kiss, passed her driver’s test, taken the SATs, filled out all those college applications, somehow survived living in a dorm and gotten her college degree without all the anxiety and drama.
Instead, just after silently deciding to not even think about guys and concentrate on school work for the next four years, she is instantly mesmerized by Brent, a seriously great-looking senior who also happens to have a long-time girlfriend, Claire. Not one to be the “other woman,” Becca imagines creative ways for Claire to be out of Brent’s life.
Meanwhile, Becca forms a strictly friends-only relationship with Colt. Becca and Colt turn out be good partners when it comes to studying, taking pictures for the school newspaper and working on a term paper together. But when one day Claire makes an offer about Brent that Becca can’t resist, that changes everything.
Targeted Age Group:: 12+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The struggles that so many kids have (and adults did have) in navigating the journey through high school.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Whenever I hear, read or remember interesting personality traits, I keep a record of them and use them to develop characters for my books.
Suddenly we are dead even with the front door of the school. We pause, silent. Then Randi says, “This is it!”
We move forward as a unit. We could be synchronized swimmers, except, of course, we’re not in water. Two Really Cute Older Guys stand ready to the open the doors. Guy One has dark eyes and a ruggedly-handsome type face. Something about him screams jock. Guy Two has a pale gold, sensitive face and compelling blue eyes that seem to sparkle as he smiles at us (well, at Tanya, Randi and Nina, anyway). Suddenly, my whole being fills with hoping for Golden Guy to notice me. Yikes—is he The One?
The Really Cute Older Guys open the doors and gesture for us to enter the school. Randi and Tanya stifle giggles, Nina ignores Guy-One’s leer and I alternate between wanting to be invisible to wishing I had a clue about guys. I set foot inside and think I’m safely on my way, when my shoes hit the floor and make a huge fart noise.
Cue the screeching music! I am going to die of embarrassment.
Ann Herrick is the award-winning author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Included in the awards her books have won are the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice and EPIC Best YA Novel Finalist.
Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix and six grand-kitties. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her web site: http://annherrickauthor.com
Links to Purchase Print Books
Link to Buy Life, Love, and Surviving High School Print Edition at Amazon
Links to Purchase eBooks
Link To Buy Life, Love, and Surviving High School On Amazon