played it safe. That is, until her live-for-the-moment best friend, Tristan,
jets off to Italy on a student exchange program. Left alone with her part-time
mother and her disabled brother, Jamie discovers that she is quite capable of
taking her own risks, starting with her best friend’s hotter-than-hot older
brother, Sawyer. Sawyer and Tristan have been neighbors for years, but as Jamie
grows closer to the family she thought she knew, she discovers some pretty big
her best friend may not be on a safe exchange program at all. Jamie sets off to
Europe on a class trip with plans to meet up with Tristan, but when Tristan
stops all communication, suddenly no one seems trustworthy, least of all the
one person she was starting to trust—Sawyer.
My face is beaming like someone plugged me into a wall socket.
rimmed with red like he’s really tired. “Have you heard from my sister again?”
hoped for. I nod. “I got another email. She got to Milan fine and is settling
then at his phone, then back at me again.
program?” he asks. His words are tentative.
schoolwork is going to be harder than expected because of not speaking Italian,
but otherwise she’s great. She loves Europe.” He looks at his phone again. I
put my hand out. “Here, you want me to show you the email?”
figure out how to log in through his browser, but I hope I can put his mind at
rest. My email is coming up on the screen when the first bell rings. I have
English first class and my teacher’s a real stickler about tardiness. I glance
down the hall toward my locker.
phone. “I’ll look it over and see you in class later. Okay?”
talking about finding my dad in her emails. It’s our big secret and she’d been
adamant about not sharing it with anybody. But I think I can trust Sawyer. And,
after all, it is my secret to keep.
If I’m making a mistake it’ll only hurt me. “Okay,” I say, finally, passing his
phone back to him. Our fingers brush against each other, but we don’t have time
to let them linger.
another problem. Tristan hadn’t wanted me to tell anyone about her modeling
over there. I’ll have to tell Sawyer not to mention it.
seated in his usual seat with his head down. He’s flipping through something on
his phone, and again I think about signing him into my email earlier. Instead
of feeling nervous, after having some time to think about it, trusting him
makes me feel closer to him. Like we share our private emails with each other
all the time.
his phone away before Mr. Echols catches sight of it. “Hey,” he says finally,
smiling over at me. He still looks really tired.
wonder if he isn’t okay. Is something really wrong? “Do you…” he trails off
and seems to rethink what he’s saying. “Do you think with the program… do you
think everything’s okay about that? I don’t know what’s going on, but maybe…I
mean, I think maybe Tristan’s over there trying to model.”
where I have to decide how much I can trust him.
open my mouth. “I need to get on that class trip, Jamie. I need to stop my
sister from doing anything stupid.”
to get on the class trip so you can interfere with Tristan’s dream?” Tristan’s
told me how jealous he can be. How he’s done this before.
he can’t believe I’m calling him out on it.
I’m too upset to pay attention to a single word he’s saying.
seriously worried about my sister, Jamie. I have to tell you more about the
program. Just hear me out. Please?
class. I’m sure he knows I’m angry, but he doesn’t try to talk to me again, at
least for now. I’m even angry at myself for getting so caught up in my feelings
for him and not noticing all the things that Tristan’s warned me about.
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have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of
America, Inspy, and SCBWI. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith (Simon & Schuster), was
written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo 2007 and she loves talking with writers and
students alike about her Just-Get-To-The-End fast-drafting process. Jaden’s
other young adult novels include Never
Enough (Simon & Schuster) and Foreign Exchange (Evernight Teen, 2014).
book for writers, Writing with a Heavy
Heart: Using Grief and Loss to Stretch Your Fiction, includes a variety of
clear guidance and practical exercises to help writers get to the heart of
their stories. Her second non-fiction book, Fast
Fiction (New World Library) includes tips on constructing a story plan that
works, as well as daily inspiration to keep writers writing, regardless of when
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novel, Jaden (Losing Faith) offers an intimate and enlightened rendering of
anorexia and bulimia…Loann’s fight against forces that might be beyond
her control is both harrowing and inspiring. While Jaden does not provide
simple answers for the problems presented, she dramatically illustrates the importance
of speaking out and reaching out.”– Publishers Weekly
book, Never Enough tackles self-esteem and body image issues while alwaysremaining true to its three-dimensional characters. Denise Jaden has created a
cliché-free zone filled withhurt, heart, and personal strength. Jaden’s tender sympathy for her characters
and dedication to honeststorytelling shine through every page.”
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novel explores early grief and shows how it can tear at the structure of a
family thatcannot mourn together…. [R]eaders are taken on a ride through a secret world of
religious zeal gonehaywire….With pitch-perfect portrayals of high school social life and a nuanced
view into a variety of Christian experiences of faith, this first novel
gives readers much to think about.”-School Library Journal
remarkable first novel.”-CM Magazine