As I rounded the last quarter of the track, the crowds began to cheer loudly! Not, as you might suppose, because I was winning the race, however.
Let me back up.
I can’t tell you why I decided to participate in track after school. I have never been a good runner. In fact, I’ve often said that I can walk faster than I can run. Due to my complete lack of speed, the coaches put me on the distance events (and the shot put, which is another joke!), mostly due to the fact very few runners wanted to participate in those events.
The sheer lack of runners doing the 440 or the 880 meant that I almost always placed in those events. No matter that my time was horrid. Last place usually meant third place and I think maybe even second place once. Because I had a solid third place record, I qualified for the all-city meet!
At that meet, there were quite a few more runners than usual, with at least one or two from each school. The quickest thing about my race was the speed at which I fell behind the other girls. I was at least half a lap behind the first place runner.
As I rounded the last quarter lap, I heard the cheering, which may have been louder than for the first place winner, and I realized that the spectators had no idea how truly terrible I was. They most likely figured that I was having a bad day. After all, if I was that awful, I wouldn’t have qualified for the meet, right? So they cheered me on for finishing.
What no one realized, other than my coaches and I, is that I made my best time ever that day!!
Kissing the Boy Next Door
by Judy Corry
Series: Sweet Water High #3
Publication Date April 9, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Clean Romance
Setting: North Carolina Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High School/Young Adult
Talking to him is forbidden, so why can’t I stay away?
It’s been five years since Wes and I have spoken. Five years since he decided our friendship was less important than our parents’ fight. So when we’re forced to practice a duet together, I expect him to keep our contact to a minimum.
Instead, he’s telling me the feud between our parents has gone on long enough. That he misses me and wants to fix things between us.
But I’m not going to fall for it. I won’t fall for his charms like so many other girls have in the past.
If only my stupid heart would listen to my brain. Because kissing the boy next door is no way to fix a family feud.
Or is it?
1 town. 1 high school. 12 sweet romances.
Read Kissing The Boy Next Door from Judy Corry today for a story with all the feels. It is the third installment of the Sweet Water High Multi-Author Series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Despite living next door to each other, Wes and Lauren never spoke. Their families even went so far as to make sure they weren’t on the beach at the same time.
When Lauren showed up at cross country practice, Wes, as the captain of the team, was designated to show her the ropes, breaking their five-year silence.
Wes was super sweet. It was so obvious he was glad to spend time with his one-time best friend. I loved the way he had noticed so much about her during the years they were prevented from seeing each other.
When the two decide they are going to solve the mystery of the origin of their families’ feud, they had no idea the things they would learn or the grief it would cause. Once the dust settled, Lauren’s dad’s confession was extremely touching and unexpected. I love her dad!!
I do confess that I struggled with writing this review. I am (still) torn in my opinions of the story. As an adult reading it, I loved it. Yes, the kisses were a little more passionate than I am used to reading, yet they were still clean.. It’s just one of them may have gone on for two pages. <blush>
The difficulty I have with this is that the story is written for young adults. High-schoolers. The whole premise of the story is Lauren and Wes sneaking around together when their parents have forbidden it. And Lauren reads her mother’s private journal, which is how they learned what had happened. They spoke of the parties she sometimes attended with her friend at which there was underage drinking. Yes, she said it wasn’t “her thing”, but there was nothing indicating that there was anything wrong with that.
If the story was for adults, I would have given it a full five stars. I loved and enjoyed it. But I would hesitate to let my nieces read it without having discussions about the subject matter to make sure they realize that though these things make for a sweet and swoony story, Lauren and Wes’ behavior was simply unacceptable.
So, if you are reading this review to decide if it is right for your daughters, I’ll leave that judgement to you. If you are considering reading this for yourself as an adult – I encourage you to read it. And if you are a young adult, do keep in mind that while you are under your parents’ roof, you need to respect them, even if you don’t agree with their choices.