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By Amy Spalding
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality, Personal Development: Friendship, Personal Development: Character Development
Sneak out. Make out. Rock out.
Riley and her best guy friend, Reid, have made a pact: they’ll help each other pursue their respective crushes, make something happen, and document the details in a shared notebook.
While Reid struggles with the moral dilemma of adopting a dog to win over a girl’s heart, Riley tries to make progress with Ted Callahan, the guy she’s been obsessed with forever. His floppy hair! His undeniable intelligence! But between a chance meeting with a fellow musician in a record store and a brief tryst with a science-geek-turned-stud–not to mention Ted’s own tentative attentions–cute guys are suddenly popping up everywhere. How did she never notice them before?! As their love lives go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye, Riley and Reid’s pact may prove to be more than they bargained for.
Filled with cute dogs, cute boys, and a few awkward hookups, this hilarious tale from Amy Spalding chronicles the soaring highs and embarrassing lows of dating in high school.
“It’s refreshing to see a boy-girl friendship built on mutual support that doesn’t drift into romance… [I]rreverent and funny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Recommended for teens looking for realistic stories without a hefty amount of drama.”—School Library Journal
“Riley and Reid are witty and believable, and Spalding’s story has tons of teen appeal.”—Voices of Youth Advocates