Kasie West meets Notting Hill. Small-town teen Carter has one goal in life—and it’s not to eventually take over her mom’s dance studio. She wants her friend Jared to fall romantic-movie-level in love with her. After saving teen movie star Liam, in town filming a new version of Cinderella, from a mob of fans, she thinks she’s found her solution. If Liam will use his rom-com knowledge to set up scenarios for Jared to fall for her, she’ll teach him to dance like the pro he bluffed he was. Between clandestine dance rehearsals and flirting lessons, Carter starts feeling like a real-life Cinderella. Until she wonders if the happily ever after she’s working for is the one she truly wants.
Trying to free yourself from a crush is like trying to get over a drug addiction. I’m not an expert on chemical reactions in the brain, but between books I’ve read and podcasts I’ve listened to, addicted is exactly how I’d describe my feelings for Jared Green.
My family moved to Utah when I was in sixth-grade, and when my pencil broke on my first day of school, Jared handed me his without a word. It wasn’t until halfway through the lesson that I noticed he’d given me his only one.
Five years later and I’m still addicted to this kind, floppy blonde-haired boy who winks like it’s a character trait and plays with my feelings like they’re his favorite video game. Not that he realizes he’s playing. I’ve been banished so far into the friend-zone with Jared that he barely notices I’m a girl. It was hard enough trying to hide my feelings when we were only classmates, but it’s a million times worse since we both started working at Threads, a small clothing store on Center Street.