Danger doesn’t scare 12-year-old Kiki–not living with her artist father on his houseboat does. In order to convince her adrenaline-fueled dad to let her stay with him, Kiki takes up glass-blowing, makes a new friend, and does everything she can to reach a 10.0 on her Rush Scale. But when her crush, Mayra, won’t tolerate Kiki’s risk-taking, Kiki needs to decide what’s most important.
The last day of seventh grade was gonna be something to remember.
At lunch, I told all my buddies, the girls’ basketball team, and my #1 enemy to be at the west side of school after our final class.
At 3:10, the bell blasted. A pair of administrators tried to keep the students in control. As summer break began, kids ran, shouted, and threw papers in the air. Parents waited in a row of cars that crammed the curved driveway. Yellow school buses opened their doors.
My plan had worked. Dozens of kids met me on the west side. On top of the seven-foot patio wall, I stood with arms stretched wide. My palms were sweating and my heart was beating at warp speed.
One familiar voice rose above the crowd. “Kiki, don’t you dare. I’ll never speak to you again. Especially if you die.” My best buddy, Carly. Didn’t she know I couldn’t stop now?
I gulped down my fear. Adrenaline pumped through me and expanded my senses. A male voice yelled at me, “Young lady, get down from there right now!” Uh oh, the adults have arrived. I’d better do this fast.
“Ready, everybody? Catch me.”
I placed my heels on the roof’s edge, lifted my arms, and fell backward onto the crowd.
Screams rushed by my ears. Either the cement or arms would grab me.
It was a little of both.