He thinks she’s shallow, she thinks he’s a nerd. What happens when they are forced to work together?
Willow Rysen is the ‘It’ girl at Bethel Private School, the one every girl wants to be and the girl every guy wishes he could have. Beautiful and popular she rules the school. She doesn’t care about college but needs a good grade in science to pass the course.
Christian Blythe is the boy who is overly enthusiastic about college. He feels high school is one more step to his dreams of greater things. When partnered with Willow his hopes of a great grade seem to fizzle faster than a piece of calcium carbonate in a bottle of hydrochloric acid.
When these two social opposites are forced to co-operate their ideas of each other quickly begin to change.
Will Willow see Christian for who he is or will the appeal of popularity be her downfall?
Targeted Age Group:: 14-25
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I was inspired to write this book from years of teaching high school students and talking to them about their struggles and choices in life.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters represent the two obvious factions in high school those that are accepted and those who are not. Both are represented here.
Science was always my favorite thing.
In science most things are predictable. Put hydrogen and chlorine together and you get hydrochloric acid. Simple, predictable, easy. However, if you put the wrong two chemicals together. You get an explosion!
Science led me to Willow.
Mrs. Wilson our senior science teacher called the class to order Monday morning. We bustled around getting settled, talking about a great baseball game that weekend. Our home team had taught the team across town, a baseball lesson and everyone was excited they would be in the State championships.
I didn’t know what the big deal was, football had never been my favorite thing. Give me a Star Trek Marathon or the latest Star Wars movie and I was as happy as Jabba the Hutt in a mud pit. My tastes ran more along the lines of Science today or Robotics this quarter. I was a class A, cliché nerd and proud of it. I didn’t need all the drama and angst of high school. Quite honestly it had never bothered me that I didn’t go to things like pep rallies, didn’t care how our football team was doing and didn’t know what the latest baseball stats were. I was quite content in the small world of college dreams and future discoveries my friends and I had made.
I took my seat quietly ribbing Jack Anson, my best friend, about his new Star Wars ring tone when Mrs. Wilson began to speak. “All right everyone, settle down. Today you get your final assignment as seniors. I am going to partner you up and together you will do a project that will count fifty percent of your final mark.”
I looked over at Jack, giving him a thumbs up. We so had this in the bag!
We’d been working on a project for weeks now. Most of the hard work had been done so it was a matter of presenting and we were all set to go. For the past few projects, we had always been put together. Why would this time be any different?
Mrs. Wilson began to announce the names, and she got through the first few kids of our class. She announced Jack would be going with Laura Flynn in the other senior class and then… the death knell, she announced, “Christian Blythe and Willow Rysen.”
What! Willow Rysen! The Willow Rysen?
As in the most popular girl in school, more looks than brains and an attitude to match, that Willow Rysen?
I had never interacted with Willow in any situation. Her world and mine hemispheres apart. And although we passed each other in the hallways every day, I doubted she knew who I was.
Mrs. Wilson continued to pair up the seniors as I sat dumbstruck.
How much am I going to have to do? How much of Willow’s work do I have to do to get a passing grade? I wondered.
How could this be happening to me?
Jack looked over at me with shock and awe on his face and mouthed “Willow Rysen!” I shook my head at him in disgust. This was not cool!
Mrs. Wilson continued having finished partnering everyone up for the project.
“This assignment is very controversial and has many people talking. Here at Bethel Private School, we hold to Christian ideologies and truths. However, it is a known fact that in secular circles that science and Christian ideology can in no way complement each other. We are going to look at this subject and discuss it from a Christian point of view as well as a secular point of view. You and your partner will each take a viewpoint. One of you will argue for Christianity and the other of you will argue against it. Your discussion will be presented to the class in a debate. In one month, you and your partner will discuss your findings with the rest of the class.” She went on to tell us about the various sources of information we could use and which we could not as I phased out.
Well, there went the idea that I could do it all. It had to be done together from opposite ends of the table.
I sighed loudly.
I would have to meet Willow Rysen.
The idea terrified me!
I was a confident guy secure in myself, but every guy had that one girl that scared the life out of him. For me, that was Willow Rysen. The stories I had heard after a gym class could freeze even the toughest soldier’s blood. Call it revenge Willow style. I hadn’t thought about the assignment, past the fact that I was partnered with the queen witch of Bethel.
Sure, Willow was beautiful, but she was so beautiful that she knew it. Long legs, brown hair and baby blue eyes. I wouldn’t be a red-blooded male if I hadn’t noticed but that was as far as it went. I didn’t need to be a mean girl groupie like most of the boys in our school. High school was a necessary waste of my time. I would get through it and move on.
Jack and I walked out of science. Disbelief still overrode every other emotion I felt.
Why me? Why Willow Rysen?
“Dude, you’re so lucky. Willow Rysen!”
I could tell by the way he said her name that he was crushing on her big time. My inner Christian sadly shook his head at Jack, Jack had joined the long, sad line of Willow Rysen worshipers at Bethel.
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