Justine Laraby and Kemina Lopez are intimate acquaintances yet they have never exchanged so much as a single word. For months, high school senior Justine, and famed model, “Kemina, the Baby Vixen” of Nightingale Lingerie, have been peering at each other across a narrow alley between brownstones in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This mutual observation soon turns into the exchange of handwritten messages on signs they hold up whenever they come to their bedroom windows. Via this “sign language,” a friendship grows, and Justine learns that Kemina is, like her, a high school senior, but with a controlling mother and a modeling career that requires her to maintain an unnaturally thin physique. And through the window, she also witnesses her new friend exercising fanatically, hoarding food, and being physically and emotionally abused by her ambitious mother.
Window messages evolve into clandestine meetings and soon a tentative romance blooms. But Justine must come to terms with her own “mommy issues,” as well as accept her gender identity and sexual orientation, before she can provide Kemina with the support she needs to survive a family life that resembles a ruthless business transaction.
Will Justine be strong enough to throw open the window so Kemina can escape society’s suffocating expectations?
This book is one that so many teens need to read. From dealing with body image issues, to having problems with parents, every teen goes through these kinds of problems in some degree. The way the characters handle them is exactly how most teens would. A little emotionally, but a whole lot of try. The scene where Justine and Kemina meet face to face for the first time is so awkward it’s funny. They’re both trying to impress the other and it’s so easy to picture it in my head. Justine in the nail salon with Pam was both hysterical and poignant. She had to show Pam that the boys were a part of the package of being with her dad. Pam wasn’t a bad person, she just was misguided in how she approached the situation. I loved when they had their heart to heart later on. The fact that Justine worked on her issues with her mom was good. Like she said forgiveness isn’t going to happen overnight. The buildup of the relationship between Kemina and Justine was perfect for a YA novel. I’d love to read more of this couple in the future. There was as much of a HEA as a YA novel can have. It’s hard to show that their relationship is going to last when truly they’re so young that you have no idea what life is going to throw their way.
Four and a half
Mia joins me today to play a little game. How fun is that? Read and enjoy!
Hello, it’s Mia Kerick. Are you in the mood to play a guessing game?
‘Kay. Here goes…
What do these things all have in common?
*Egg nog-flavored coffee in a clear glass mug with cream and Torani Brown Sugar and Cinnamon syrup
*New kitten, Mochi, on the couch
*Whole salted cashews
*My trusty thesaurus
*Sweatshirt material Georgetown University blanket
*Homemade CDs of 90’s bands playing on Bose Sound System
*Several pairs of cheaters glasses
*Arizona Sugar Free Pomegranate Iced Tea in a plastic cup
*iPhone in Otter Box on coffee table
Um, any guesses?
Come on, you must have one guess!!
Yes, you’re right!! These are all ingredients necessary to a good long Mia Kerick writing session!! I can’t concentrate if things aren’t in order. And that means I must have the items above, and the dishwasher is emptied, the laundry is going, and the cats have been fed. Only then, is it time to write.
Are you a writer? Do you have “ingredients” to a successful writing session? I’d love to hear about them!!
But it’s not until the screen fills with the image of this baby seal, all white and fluffy with dark vulnerable eyes that we both gasp a little bit and then turn to look at each other. I can feel her breath on my lips and my nose is nearly touching hers, and, well, I don’t know about Kemina, but I’m all kinds of spellbound by this moment. She reaches up and touches my jaw, just below my ear, with this soft brush of her fingertips, and I have no choice but to lean down and kiss her. Not that I was looking too hard for another option. Cuz I wasn’t.
I kind of thought that my first kiss would be like an electric shock or the sharp poke of cupid’s dart or fireworks exploding in a dark night sky, but it’s not like any of those things. The way it feels when my lips touch Kemina’s is soft and gentle and tender. It’s a yielding of her mouth to mine, and then mine to hers. It’s an intimate moment that’s breathy and warm and sweet and just ours.
“Ummmm….” She lets out this sound that makes me think of how it feels to sink into a hot bath after a long afternoon of ice skating in frigid temperatures. “That was my first real kiss.”
“Real kiss?” I ask. Our lips are only about an inch apart. I have a strong feeling that her second real kiss is only a moment away.
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.
Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
Dreamspinner Author Arcade: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/mia-kerick/bio/
Where To Buy:
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