Genre: YA Contemporary
Word count: 88,000
Logline: When Jennifer Clark gets pulled into her best friend Kyle’s fake dating scheme, there are only two possible outcomes: the plan fails and Kyle loses the girl he’s been pining for, or it succeeds and Jen loses him—the boy she secretly loves.
“Are you even listening to me, Kyle?” I struggled to stay in step with him, all the while juggling a precariously stacked pile of notebooks. “Why are you wasting your time? We’ve been over this before.”
I jogged to get in front of him, placed a hand against his chest, and exhaled in exasperation. He could have easily kept on moving, pushing me aside with a slight flick of his wrist, but he stopped anyway.
“Been over what, Jen?” he asked, glancing over my head toward the gym door just a couple feet down where our mascot, a Mustang splashed with blue and gold paint, was peeling in thin strips off the door.
“It’s like she has you under a spell,” I muttered, rolling my eyes. It was obvious he hadn’t heard a word I said. Typical. “Hello? My face is over here.” I snapped my fingers an inch away from his nose. “Lexi doesn’t even know you exist. Getting a seat in front of where we’ll be cheering isn’t going to do a damn thing to change that. Maybe if you actually introduced yourself instead of stalking her from afar—”
“I am not stalking her! I’m just keeping tabs on her whereabouts…” Kyle trailed off, having nowhere to go with his argument.
If there was one thing in my life that I was completely sure of, it was this: Kyle Hinkley had been “keeping tabs” on Lexi Reese for a year now. In my mind, that gave him certifiable stalker status.
“Kyle, you have three options. One, you give up on this obsession. Two, you talk to her. Or three, I talk to her for you.”
Kyle’s eyes narrowed, concealing his dark brown irises. “You wouldn’t dare.”
I flashed a guiltless smile, eyes widening with doe-like innocence. “Oh, I wouldn’t?”