Olivia is Anna Wintour’s worst nightmare, and she doesn’t give a shit. She’s wanted to go into fashion design her whole life, and nothing is going to stop her fabulous plus sized self. Not even her boss from hell, or the fact that she’s the fat Cinderella of the most exclusive lingerie store in Bushwick, Ohio. She’s sworn off dating, because she is focused, dammit, and will not get distracted by anyone in college. She has shit to do and places to go, be it on her own with the clothing she makes, or with the girls in Twelve Beats In A Bar, the all-female a cappella group she’s part of.
Why do group projects always have to ruin everything?
Thierry Acosta has it all. Shortstop on Bushwick University’s baseball team, amazing grades in college, everything he could want. When he gets paired with Olivia for a group project, things are only getting better. And then his dad loses his job, and Thierry’s life falls apart. He can’t manage to get himself to practice, to class… anywhere. He’s got the scars on his wrists to prove that this has happened before, but he thought he was better. He thought he could deal with something like this. The cuts on his thighs say otherwise.
Before they know it, Olivia and Thierry’s relationship has gone from casual project partners to not-so-casual more-than-friends. But when things take a turn for the worse, can they face the growing reality of a relationship that’s become much serious than either of them expected - or wanted?
Ariel comes rushing through the door. “I’m here!” She drops down on the collection of oversized pillows. “And I hate everything and everyone.”
“Nothing. Idiot professors giving dumb homework.”
“Ugh, yeah.” Julianne rolls her eyes and reaches for Marco. “Gimme my boyfriend.”
“Is he supposed to be falling asleep now?” I ask Marisol as I pass a sleepy Marco to Jules.
“Only a little nap.”
“Done and done.” Jules cuddles Marco. “I love you, handsome. We’re gonna run away to Aruba, okay?”
“Not Jamaica? Bermuda? Bahama?” Dakota asks.
“He’s not a pretty mama. Otherwise, we’d be going to Kokomo.”
“God, that sounds nice around this time of year,” Hayley says. “No snow. Just sunshine. That would be the best thing ever.”
“Would it be the best song ever?” Letty asks, grinning.
“Swear to God, Letty, if you make one more One Direction reference I’m going to throw you out a window.” I say.
“You know you love them,” she sings.
“Oh, come on. A group of goofy British guys? Singing goofy songs? Shirtless, on occasion? What’s the downside?”
“The boy band part.” I shudder. “At least they’re not wearing the hideous 90’s costumes. Then I would really hurt someone.”
“That should be our next thing!” Brianna exclaims. “Boy bands!”
Megan bursts into laughter. “That would be amazing.”
Amber’s cracking up. “Oh my God. And the only thing that would make it all better was if we choreographed some super cheesy dance moves. That would be the greatest thing to ever happen ever.”
I can just imagine all the Beats, singing *NSYNC and BackStreet Boys, complete with the cheesy dance moves.
“That video would go so viral, I don’t even know,” Amber says.
“That’s like the ultimate Buzzfeed link,” Dakota says. “People would lose their shit over that.”
“Should we do it, then?”
“I think a better question is, when are we doing it?” I ask. “Because we should all fire ourselves if we don’t actually don’t boyband the shit out of a bunch of songs.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KK Hendin’s real life ambition is to become a pink fluffy unicorn who dances with rainbows. But the schooling for that is all sorts of complicated, so until that gets sorted out, she’ll just write. Preferably things with angst and love. And things that require chocolate. She’s the author of the NA contemporaries HEART BREATHS and ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG.
THIS MUCH SPACE is the second book in her new series, TWELVE BEATS IN A BAR.
KK spends way too much time on Twitter (where she can be found as @kkhendin), and rambles on occasion over at www.kkhendinwrites.blogspot.com.
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