WHATEVER IT TAKES
YA Contemporary Romance
After indirectly causing an accident that destroys his best friend’s aspiration of playing pro basketball, 17-year-old Sam Daniels vows to continue their dream for both of them. All he needs is a place to live when his parents move away. Luckily, his nerdy cousin, Brandon, offers his home. But his offer comes with strings. This anime-loving, roleplay-gamer wants Sam’s help to catch the eye of his crush.
But her cousin, Kylie, is suspicious from the start. From personal experience, she knows that he’s a typical self-centered jock who’s full of crap. Especially since Sam helped ruin her life years ago, forcing Kylie to transfer schools. Now she’s determined to reveal his lies and protect her family no matter what it takes.
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No texts. No replies to my emails. Nothing.
Even though I was expecting it (Hell, I would have bet some money if I could), disappointment still ate away at me. Like someone shoved a glowing basketball in my gut, twisting and burning away at my insides.
I pressed Send on the private message to Charlie before I lost my nerve. He hasn’t talked to me since the accident, but if he wanted me to leave him alone he should say something. A simple ‘Screw yourself, Sam’.
Crap. It’s been over a year and it felt like yesterday.
Even though it wasn’t technically my fault, I still felt like it was. I was the one who wanted to stay at the party to hook up with some random chick. And I let Charlie take my car even though he was wasted. It was also my car that had the faulty brakes. I’d been planning to get it fixed for ages, but never got around to it.
My foot kicked at the plastic chair in front of me, knocking it over. Luckily, it just bounced off the pillar instead of toppling over the balcony into Fairway Mall’s food court below. Getting kicked out of the mall would have been the least of my problems today.
I had better things to worry about. Bigger things. Like the fact that my entire basketball career and future was riding on whether I could get my cousin, Brandon, to let me live with them.