Love Me, Love Me Not
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 19th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Family, abandonment, and forbidden romance are at the core of SM Koz’s powerful and emotionally charged novel about a teen who falls for her foster brother.
When Hailey Brown is removed from her home and put into foster care, all she wants is a safe, comfortable place where she can finish school and move on with her life. It’s not easy adjusting to a new school and a new life, but Mr. and Mrs. Campbell and their teenage son, Brad, welcome Hailey with open arms.
As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.
Can Hailey and Brad resist the feelings that are developing between them—or will they risk it all to be together?
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, SM Koz delivers a powerful debut about the ups and downs of being a foster child.
The bright lights and smells coming from the snack bar summon me, and I’m glad I agreed to share with Gigi.
I turn toward the voice and find the last person on earth I want to see tonight.
“It is you. I’ve been waiting all day for your call. Where the hell you been? What are you wearing?”
“Chase.” All the good things that have happened today suddenly seem like a dream. That’s not my life. Chase, with all his drama, is my life. Somehow, he’ll make the Campbells kick me out before the night is over, and I’ll be right back where I belong.
“What are you doing here?” I ask, moving forward to keep my place in the line.
“My brother’s dating a girl from Northern Moore. Told me we could score some Molly here.”
Drugs. Of course.
“You a Pinecrest girl now?”
I tug on my T-shirt, wishing I could hide the logo plastered to the front of it. “It was the only placement Sherry could find for me.”
“We gotta change that. Come with me tonight,” he says, grabbing my hand and trying to tug me out of line. “No one will find you.”
“Sherry knows where you live,” I reply, holding my spot.
“We’ll stay with Axel.”
Axel is his best friend and supplier. There’s no way I’d ever stay at his house.
“I can’t, Chase. I’m sorry.”
“What you mean, you can’t?”
“I can’t. I need to go to school and graduate. I can’t hide away in Axel’s apartment.”
He narrows his eyes at me. “What kind of lies these people been feeding you?”
I ignore him so he continues, “You think you gonna go to college? Get some ritzy job? Ain’t never gonna happen. You’ll end up just like your momma.”
I feel the sting of tears and have to look away from him.
He tries to pull me out of line again, but I yank my arm away. “Please, leave me alone.”
“Never gonna happen,” he repeats, but I don’t know if he’s talking about my future or leaving me alone.
SM KOZ is a medical writer from North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, two sons, and numerous pets. She has a BS in Biology from Duke University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, photographing nature and her family, gardening, travelling, and attempting, usually unsuccessfully, to decorate birthday cakes. Love Me, Love Me Not is her first traditionally published novel.
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