Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spotlight: The Perfect Guy by Ann Herrick

Today we have an excerpt from The Perfect Guy by Ann Herrick! It's about a girl who believes her new stepbrother is her perfect guy. Is she right or is she wrong? Check out the synopsis and excerpt below:

Can Rebecca turn her new stepbrother into her new love?

When Rebecca's mother marries Pres's father, Rebecca is sure that living in the same house with the guy of her dreams will have its perks and it will be just a matter of time before Pres sees her as more than a kid sister. Even though her best friend, Celeste, warns her to face reality, Rebecca doesn't listen. She thinks Pres is the perfect guy for her. But Celeste's brother, Josh, has been friends with Pres for years, and Celeste thinks she knows what she's talking about.

Rebecca's not so sure about her relationship with her new stepfather. She knows he can't replace her real dad, but she thinks she can break through his cool surface by helping him with the school play.

But things don't go as planned, and as friendships start to change, Rebecca faces surprising truths about herself and her friends. Will she find happiness in her new family and find The Perfect Guy?

Excerpt from The Perfect Guy by Ann Herrick:

“…Josh isn’t really your brother," Celeste said seriously, "much as I’d sometimes like to donate him to you." 
"Pres isn’t my brother either." 
"He’ll be your stepbrother," Celeste reminded me. "You’ll be living in the same house with him." 
"And that," I said with a triumphant smile, "will give me the chance I need to get close to him." 
"It'll also give you time to drive each other crazy, just like Josh and me," Celeste said. 
"Hey, you and Josh get along great," I said. But Celeste’s implication got me thinking. 
What if Pres and I didn’t get along? What if we wound up bickering constantly like some brothers and sisters I could name? That would never happen—would it? 
"Sometimes Josh and I are at each other’s throats," Celeste said. "And," she added, grinning, "the reason we usually do get along so well is that I’m just so accommodating." 
She laughed, because she was anything but. 
"All right, all right." I wasn’t going to spoil the afternoon by arguing. Instead I changed the subject.  
"So. Who will be the next guy in your life?" 
"Next guy?" 
"Celeste. It’s been two weeks since you broke up with Riley. That’s a record for you to be single. I figured you’d have somebody scoped out by now."
"I don’t know." Celeste rolled onto her back. "I just can’t seem to get excited about anyone. There aren’t many decent guys left." 
"There must be one or two," I teased. "What about a senior? That way we could go to the graduation ball together." 
"What?" Celeste sat up. "You lost me there." 
"Graduation is only three months away," I reminded her. "By then Pres and I will be a couple and so of course we’ll go to the graduation party. If you hook a senior, we can both go to the party. Simple, right?" 
"Simpleminded if you ask me," Celeste replied. "First of all, I think you greatly overestimate my ability to attract guys, especially when you’re talking seniors. Second, I haven’t seen any signs that you and Pres will be a couple by then, if ever." 
"If I’m an optimist," I said, "then you're a pessimist. You have to think positively if you expect to make things happen." 
"You have to be realistic too," Celeste said. "Thinking positively and daydreaming about what you’d like to happen will only set you up for a letdown when things don’t turn out the way you hope." 
"All right," I said patiently. I was used to Celeste’s "constructive" criticism. "Let’s just agree to disagree about our outlooks on life. Meanwhile, why don’t you look for some gorgeous senior, just in case everything works out the way I know it will." 
Celeste sighed. "I’ll think about it." 
"Right now we’d better finish packing up all this stuff, or I’ll never be ready to move by tomorrow." 
With Celeste’s help I was able to finish packing with just enough time to finish my hair and makeup before the rehearsal dinner. Since it was just Mom, Pres’s father, my grandmother, Pres, and me, we were going to dinner at the Oceanview Inn, then to the Rose Room in the Town Hall. I took care to look especially nice, getting my hair just right, even using a touch of the lavender eye shadow I’d bought to match my bridesmaid’s dress. I thought it made my eyes look even greener.
When I was all ready, I sat at my dresser and checked my hair once more in the mirror. My gaze fell to the small, leather-framed picture of my father that I hadn’t yet packed. I had not only his wide-set green eyes, but also his thick, copper-colored hair. I often wished I’d inherited his high cheekbones instead of Mom’s apple cheeks, but all in all I couldn’t complain. 
I had only a few memories of Dad, but they were surprisingly clear, considering that I’d been only six years old when he’d died. I remember sitting on his lap in the oversized recliner; giggling while he halfheartedly lectured me for some forgotten misdeed; running down the long, narrow aisle in his sporting-goods store and being gathered into his arms and swung up in the air. 
I also remember the day I rushed out of school to find Mom waiting for me, even though I was old enough to walk home by myself. Her eyes were red. I knew she’d been crying. Daddy had been taken to the hospital—he’d had a heart attack. There were endless days of waiting before, finally, the really bad news. 
He’d always be Daddy in my heart, though I was about to have a new father. Stepfather, that is. It would certainly take getting used to, having a dad after all these years. Especially since Mr. Nelsen—I mean Bill—was the head of the English Department at my high school. I’d have to wait until my junior year to have him for a teacher, since he taught upper-level classes, but in less than twenty-four hours I’d have him for a parent. He seemed nice enough, despite his reputation at school for being strict, so I didn’t anticipate any problems. 
Getting used to living with Pres would be another matter. Seeing him first thing in the morning, at meals, evenings, weekends—always. I’d have to monitor my heart rate. 
"Rebecca!" Mom called up the stairs. "Are you ready? Bill just pulled into the driveway." 
"Be right down, Mom." I smoothed my hair and splashed on a few drops of lilac cologne. I took a deep breath and slowly descended the stairs.
Pres stood in the front hallway. I smiled my brightest smile, preparing myself for the evening ahead, for the opportunity to achieve one of my major goals. At dinner I would get up the nerve to actually get into a deep, meaningful conversation with Pres.

About the Author:

Ann Herrick is the award-winning author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Included in the awards her books have won are the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice and EPIC Best YA Novel Finalist.

Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix and six grand-kitties. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her web site: http://annherrickauthor.com.

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7 comments:

  1. OOOOOOOOOOOO I've never heard of this book before... IT looks pretty good :)

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  2. This books sounds sooooo cute!! I definitely need to check this one out!! :D

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  3. This does sound extremely cute! Definitely need to add this to the to-read pile!

    Angie @ YA Novelties

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  4. I can guarantee it is a great book!

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  5. Hi Ann,

    Sounds a lovely story. I enjoyed the excerpt.

    Regards

    Margaret

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  6. Sounds like a cute and quick read! I loved the exceprt!! Thanks for sharing. :D Going to have to add this one to my TBR list!

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  7. Thanks for checking it out and the nice comments, everyone! :)

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