After seventeen-year-old Auden Lee has a close call with the cops, her mom is forced to reveal they’re undocumented immigrants. Which means Auden is ineligible for financial aid, her only way to afford college.
When the parents of her longtime nemesis, Will, set up an unconventional scholarship competition for seniors at their school, Auden thinks she’s found her solution. The catch? They’ve put Will’s inheritance as the prize—and he’ll do anything to win, too.
They should be bitter enemies. But after facing sabotage from other students, they find themselves reluctant allies—and maybe something more.
NEVER HAVE I EVER meets FRANKLY IN LOVE.
Mom doesn’t know what I’m up to tonight.
Since no proper teenage daughter should be anywhere near boys, parties, or alcohol, she thinks I’m babysitting in the city right now. And I’m lucky my boss is willing to lie for me—at first she said that, as a fellow mom, she didn’t want to help me lie to mine. But while she won’t admit it, my boss is also a hippy-dippy, well-meaning white woman who has somewhat blown my situation out of proportion—she thinks I am pinned under the oppressive thumb of an authoritarian tiger mom, and reside in a regime where getting a B means certain death.
In short, she, like Rachel, thinks I could use some fun.
But I do have fun. My version of it is just different—for example, landing myself a mention in Harvard’s Notable Alumni list.
Meanwhile, Rachel is having fun filling in her toenails with a black Sharpie pen, which I think is gross, but which she thinks is of dire necessity.
A lady should never be without a pedicure, she says.