by: Christina Mandelski
Series: First Kiss Hypothesis
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 3, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing ~ Crush
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She needs his help landing a date. He wants her for himself.
Star lacrosse player Alex “Kov” Koviak has it all. Or so everyone thinks. He’s real good at pretending his life is perfect...until he meets Bailey. The girl challenges him and pushes him and makes him laugh like he’s never laughed before. Their friendship is their little secret, and he’s happy to keep her to himself.
Between school, two jobs, and trying to get into NYU film school, Bailey Banfield has zero time for a social life. But then she meets Alex in her express lane at the grocery store, and their secret friendship becomes the only place she can breathe. She refuses to complicate that with more. No matter how charming Alex can be.
When Bailey decides to film outrageous promposals for her NYU application, she enlists Alex’s help to plan an over-the-top, epic promposal to someone else. Too bad the only prom date Alex wants anywhere near Bailey is him.
For a guy who seems to have it all, he’s about to lose the only thing he’s ever wanted.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Crush contains a cocky lacrosse player in over his head with his secret best friend, unexpected midnight kisses, swoon-worthy slow dancing, and movie-night cuddling that’ll make you ache. You’re going to want an Alex of your own!
10 Pieces of Advice to My Teenage Self
1. Do not get a perm. (Learn from your mistakes).
Holy cow, I had way too many of these in my lifetime. The thing about the chemicals in a perm is that my hair loves them, so the looser waves I was going for, always ended up looking like a tight-curled clown wig. I don’t know why I thought it’d work better the next time, but it took me too long to figure out that I should probably never do that again.
2. You’re not bad at math. (Don’t stop trying).
Okay, so if you were just looking at grades, you actually were really bad at math. The point is, you didn’t have to be. You believed that you were, though, so you kind of stopped trying, didn’t you? Yeah, you did. Not that you missed your chance at a career as a mathematician or anything – that was never going to happen, but you could have done better.
3. Don’t go to a college because your friends are going there. (Don’t do the easy thing).
I went to the same giant college that many of my high school friends went to, and ended up not making many new friends. It was safer, and easier, to hang out with people I already knew than to put myself out there. Luckily, I realized this and a few years later transferred to a small school where I knew no one, was forced out of my comfort zone and added some life long friends.
4. Write a book. (As opposed to waiting until you’re 40).
Girl, you want to write a novel, but you’re sitting around waiting until it magically happens on it’s own? What’s wrong with you? Start writing that book NOW.
5. Give up on getting a tan. (You are melanin-challenged. Face it.).
Hey, woman who is 100% English/Irish/Scottish/Welsh with a little German thrown in – it’s Never. Going. To. Happen. Apply SPF liberally and carry on.
6. Stop dieting. (You’re perfect).
This one makes me sad. I’m one of the millions who from about the age 11 felt like my body was not good enough and set about trying to change myself. I spent years trying. Not any more. I love the current culture that is striving to teach girls and women to love themselves, to celebrate themselves and never ever to think that they are less than.
7. Don’t listen to the haters. (They’re idiots).
It’s funny, I had a lot of friends as a teen, parents who supported me (and still do), and a relatively happy life. But I still remember the voice of the boy who called me ugly in ninth grade. Why do we do that to ourselves? It’s ridiculous. Believe the good stuff. Refuse to believe the haters.
8. Appreciate your parents (They won’t be around forever).
Mine are still around, but when you have kids of your own you’ll wish you’d treated them better, been less selfish, and told them thank you once in a while. Do it. You’ll wish you had done it more one day.
9. Save some money. (Two words: Nest. Egg.)
You’re never too young to start saving for what? A cool condo? A car? Your own private island? Your own, independent future? Put some away, even if it’s just a little at time. Stay away from credit cards. And a special note to your 1990 self: Harem pants from Express are NOT a good investment.
10. Don’t worry about finding love. (Let it find you).
You’ve watched the movies and read the books. You want love, and sometimes it feels like you were fated to live life miserable and alone. You start to think that maybe you have to settle.
It’s going to take a while, but you’ll find it, and when you do, it’ll be the farthest thing from settling you’ve ever done – it’ll be a love so big it’ll inspired the romance novels you’re going to write. Hang in there, kid, the wait will be worth it.
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Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing.
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