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By Miranda Kenneally

"A hero who will soften your heart."―Jennifer Echols, nationwide award-winning writer of Such a Rush

Parker Shelton pretty well has the precise existence. She's on her approach to changing into valedictorian at Hundred Oaks excessive, she's made the all-star softball crew, and she or he has lots of pals. Then her mother's scandal rocks their small city and unexpectedly nobody will seek advice from her.

Now Parker desires a brand new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty kilos. and she or he figures why kiss one man while she will be able to kiss 3. Or 4. Why restrict herself to school boys whilst the majorly lovely new baseball trainer turns out in particular flirty?

But how a long way is simply too a long way earlier than she loses herself completely?

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"A must-read for youths! i could not positioned it down!"―Simon Elkeles, New York Times bestselling writer of the Perfect Chemistry series

"With a shrewdpermanent, genuine voice, Kenneally proves as soon as and for all that after it involves making life's hardest calls-on and stale the field-girls rule!"―Sara Ockler, bestselling writer of Fixing Delilah

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Quite? ” “Nah. simply desired to see you bat. Then i used to be gonna take off. ” He is helping me to my ft. I wipe airborne dirt and dust off my sweatpants. “Come on,” he provides, prime me over to the dugout. “You ok, Parker? ” trainer Lynn calls, having a look involved. “She wishes a breather,” Corndog replies. We sit at the bench jointly, and that i pull my batting helmet off and drop it at the patchy dust ground. It bounces away. “What occurred? ” he asks. “Laura. ” “I observed. yet why enable it trouble you lots? ” I carry a shoulder and peek over at Corndog. A tear slips out of my eye and runs down my cheek. “You’re more suitable than this. ” “Why are you being so great to me immediately? ” I ask. “Competition’s over. You received. ” He grins and laughs, looking on the box. “Hey, listen,” he says in a gradual drawl. “I imagine it’s cool you’re going out for the group back. I by no means understood why you hand over. ” I drop my chin to my chest. i used to be correct. an individual can interpret my intentions notwithstanding they wish. “You imagine I’m a quitter. ” “No…I simply didn’t get it. i may inform how a lot you liked the sport. ” “Oh fairly? ” i look at him. “Remember sophomore 12 months, in the course of the promenade Decisional, the way you stole 3rd base and slid into me? ” “Yeah? ” “Your cleats dug into my shin and also you knocked me down. after which you stretched out a hand and pulled me to my toes. ” “Sorry approximately that…” Corndog waves a hand. “I cherished that you simply didn’t gloat. You have been simply satisfied and taking part in the sport. ” “I love this game,” I admit, gazing as Laura steps as much as the mound, whirls her arm, and pitches a strike correct down the heart. “But I don’t belief this staff. ” Corndog appears to be like pressured and clutches his knees. “You gotta belief your workforce. I belief each one in all my men. ” I nod slowly, smiling a pained smile. “You gonna return in the market now? you are able to do this. ” i do know i will be able to do that. yet do i would like to? No, not likely. “Can you supply me a journey domestic? ” I ask him. Drew’s long past, and that i don’t suppose like driving my motorbike this night. “As lengthy as you don’t brain driving my lawnmower. Left my truck at domestic. ” I provide him a tiny grin. “I’m up for an experience. ” ••• Drew is a type of humans each person likes. Even loopy Max Reddick, the man who spends all his time carving sculptures out of Ivory cleaning soap, rushes to get a seat at Drew’s artwork desk. at the first day of 6th grade, each person was once frightened of no longer understanding the place to sit down within the lunchroom. scholars had graduated from 3 various straight forward colleges to wait eco-friendly Hills; center university was once one other global. I felt fortunate to grasp Laura, Allie, and Drew. Will Whitfield were homeschooled, so this used to be his first time studying with different youngsters. After procuring his lunch, he carried his tray in a single arm and driven his glasses up on his nostril with the opposite hand. I observed the whole lot take place in slowmo. somebody jostled Will. The tray tilted. The corndog went flying. It hit JJ within the chest. JJ was once, and nonetheless is, this massive soccer participant, and he stood up and strutted towards thin little Will. nobody hits JJ with a corndog, that’s evidently. I don’t imagine JJ would’ve punched him or something, yet no one desires to be humiliated on their first day in class.

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