After the high school football season ends in a loss, Joshua Rodgers, a kind and rare breed of teenage boy in the modern world, walks through the crowd and notices all his fellow players being comforted by their girlfriends. As he walks he feels alone and wants what his friends have. Josh is then invited to a party at the quarterback’s house. While at the party he tries his first beer and attempts to ask a girl, Brittany whom he has liked since elementary school, to dance, but fails. After another failed attempt something else goes terribly wrong. While he is fine, the next Monday at school his friends feel horrible and come up with a plan for him. They encourage him to text several girls first, in order to get over his shyness and build confidence. Once he does, he tries asking them on a date, but gets rejected by several of them. Eventually he lands a date with one of them, Kayla. However, soon he is ignored, out of the blue, by her. Once he finds out why he goes down a path that turns him into something he’s not. He gains confidence, yet in the wrong way. After being constantly rejected, can his best friend and a person he thought he was finished with turn him back into the “Old Josh” before he does something he’ll regret?
Targeted Age Group:: 16 – 50
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
This story came to me while I was college because I was just like the main character, I had no game with the ladies. I was being constantly turned down and ignored. One day I decided to turn it into a story, with much more drama added into it. I almost felt like I had to get this story off of my chest.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters came to me one at a time and I didn’t even have names for them until I started writing. I just knew who and what they were. I played football in high school and am a huge football fan, so I just said that I have to make the main character play the sport. The rest of the supporting characters either came to me as I wrote or I just had an idea of what I wanted them to be like and added their story as I wrote.
“Well, when you own a restaurant, all kinds of people come in here. People you know and people you don’t. And you start to learn about ’em just by watchin’ ’em and let me tell ya, sometimes it’s painful. I see young girls come in here all the time, either alone or with someone, and sometimes they’re with somebody and then come back alone. It’s amazing what a bad relationship will do to these teenage girls nowadays. They don’t look happy anymore, they’re not as outgoin’ anymore when they come back in here. Not like they used to be back in my day. A bad high school relationship didn’t mean much then, it just meant that you weren’t right for each other. Today, they look lost, like they don’t know what to do when a relationship ends, and half the time they are on the phone, doin’ that, uh, textin’ deal. I’ve walked by several of them, carrying trays of food, and the conversations on those phones are hard to look at. I can’t remember any of them, but I can remember that they were painful. Now, I wasn’t eavesdroppin’ or anythin’, but sometimes it’s hard not to notice when you can see that they are hurtin’. But, sometimes it is their own fault. They all seem to look for sometthin’ in guys these days that will get them hurt, and it’s somethin’ that is not near as important as they think it is.” He explained.
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