Matt and Jake grew up together in a small town. Thanks to their parents being best friends, they grew more like brothers than friends, but that all changes on the night Jake’s mother is killed.
The two boys, both only having just entered middle school, are forced to part ways for the first time in their lives.
Fast forward to the end of high school and Matt has gone from “Quiet Kid” to “Mr. Popular” along with his new best friend, Ashley. But something is still bothering him (and it’s not just that he has no clear picture of his future prospects). He can’t figure out why he and Jake ended up so distant. So he sets out to New York along with Ashley to find Jake and rekindle their friendship.
Jake, meanwhile, has started his life over again. He has no such sympathies for the past and has taken to his new identity as the model, Jason McAbre. As an exclusive model to the elusive artist, Antian, he becomes well versed in hiding himself away and putting on a mask for the world to see.
What happens when the two meet? Does “growing up” mean “growing apart”? Can past bonds be reformed or will a new one take its place?
Targeted Age Group:: Teens to Young Adults
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Thirteen-year-old "me" just thought it was a fun idea. The "me" that actually finished it kept dreaming of finishing it and thinking of what kind of book I wanted to read. A lot of this book is rooted in my own struggles with labeling myself and figuring out my future as it related to my past.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The main characters were personas I would use to write poetry, originally. A lot of the other characters were pulled from other short stories I had made at the time that I threw away. A few were made as I wrote and added for necessity.
"Can we please get this over with?" Jake groaned.
Ian picked up the coffee the waitress had just poured for him, "Did you think about what I asked you about a few weeks ago?"
"The photoshoot stuff I already turned down? No. I haven't."
"Why not?" He took a sip and put it down, grabbing a piece of paper and pen from his pocket. "It's a good opportunity to make some extra money."
"I don't want money," he replied harshly.
Ian scribbled something down on the paper and slid it across the table. "Really?" he inquired coyly. "What about now?"
Jake cautiously picked up the paper, unfolding it and staring at it for a while before looking back to Ian. "One hundred?"
"Yup," he said, "help me out and this is what I'll pay you."
"Why'd you do the whole paper sliding thing?"
Ian shrugged. "Dramatic effect?"
Jake rolled his eyes and thought about walking out of the restaurant and heading back by himself. He was in the middle of learning the hard way that New York winters were not to be taken lightly, but he was willing to risk the January air if need be. Dinner, however, soon arrived in the hands of the still giddy waitress. Unfortunately, Jake was more hungry than annoyed, so he decided to stay and eat.
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