About the Book
Temptation, depression, seduction, betrayal … Not what Stephanie was expecting at fifteen years of age. Uprooted from her happy, all-girl high school life with a dream filled future and thrown into an unfriendly co-ed school, Stephanie spirals into depression.
When charismatic high school senior, Jason notices her, Stephanie jumps in feet first and willingly puts all her faith and trust in him, a boy she barely knows.
Every choice she makes and turn she takes leads her towards a dangerous path.
Her best friend is never far away and ready to catch her … but will she push Tabbie too far away when she needs her most?
This novel contains adult themes.
Recommended reading audiences 17+
Chapter 3 part b
“How was it?” Diane asked.
“This school sucks.”
“Stephanie, please don’t use that word.” Diane drove away from the school.
“Well, in my vocab, I can’t think of another one to express my day.” Stephanie swallowed hard. The lump in her throat got in the way of her continuing. Tears blurred her vision. The world through the window was out of focus.
April twisted around in the front seat grabbing Stephanie’s attention. “Tomorrow will be better.”
Her little sister’s beaming smile didn’t reduce her anger, it fuelled it. Stephanie turned back to the window and set her eyes on a dirty smear.
When her mother parked in the driveway, Stephanie ran inside and upstairs. She slammed her bedroom door with tears erupting as pain gripped her heart and tore at her mind. She yearned for her life in Sydney. Spending the Easter holidays with Tabbie seemed too far away to quiet her mood.
She tiptoed out to the hallway and grabbed the cordless phone. This time she closed the door without alerting the household and rang Tabbie.
“It’s worse than you could ever imagine.”
“Why? What happened?” Tabbie asked.
“The boys whistled at me and no girls would talk to me.” Stephanie’s voice wavered.
Tabbie’s sigh crackled through the line. “There’s a comp coming up.”
“Let’s not talk about dancing.” Stephanie held back tears through clenched teeth.
“Hmm, do you have heaps of hot boys to perve on?”
She shook her head. Far from it. “I’d rather be back at Hill Top. I’ve never been humiliated like I was today.”
“Oh, Steph. You know it’ll take time to settle in. Remember our first term in Year Seven? We had no idea.”
“At least I knew you. Here, I don’t know anyone.”
Her head throbbed after listening to Tabbie’s encouragement. How many ways can a best friend say, ‘things will get better?’ It was no better than being told, ‘the grass is greener on the other side.’ Stephanie was sure she’d never fit in.
She found the heaviest music she owned and played it as loud as her speakers would go. She tried to dance, but her breasts pounded against her, reminding her of how wolf-whistle boy had stared straight at her chest. She went to write in her journal, but couldn’t see the page through her tears. She did care about the competitions her best friend was entering but it hurt too much to talk to her about it. And now she’d gone and hurt Tabbie by cutting her off at the mention of dance. Turning the page, she began writing a letter to Tabbie to apologise, but again more tears rolled.
She lay on her bed, eyes fixed on the ceiling, releasing her energy through tensed muscles, hoping the music would take away the pain.
About the Author
Michelle Dennis Evans writes picture books, chapter books, young adult contemporary novels and enjoys dabbling in free verse poetry. Her debut novel Spiralling Out of Control and poetry collection Life Inspired both reached #1 in subcategories on Amazon in their first week of release. Michelle is passionate about seeing people grow and move forward in their journey. She lives on the Gold Coast with her husband and four super active, super fun and super time consuming children. Find Michelle and all of her social media links at MichelleDennisEvans.com