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Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.
When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex's voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls' bathroom.
Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn't leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?
Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.
say anything. He didn’t have to. I could see the contentment in the slight smile that tugged at his lips. “Now, what about you? What’s new?” he finally asked after we’d walked another twenty feet down the beach. “Not much to tell.” The words brought me back to our first meeting in high school, when he gave me the same bullshit answer during our get-to-know-your-classmate activity. “If I know anything, I know Liz Wagner leads anything but a normal, boring life.” “Then I guess you
ran over and began dabbing at Joe’s nose with a tissue. You’d think he would wince at her touch, but he must have been too drunk to feel a thing. I could have dropped him face first on the asphalt in the parking lot, and he would’ve curled up and gone to sleep. There had been no reason for Zach to punch him. It was a cheap shot—Joe couldn’t have even fought back if he’d wanted to. “Shoot, my car is blocked in,” I said, taking in the line of cars behind mine. “How the hell am I supposed to get
few hours before he had to be in class for . . . His science test. I knew something was wrong. I could feel it in my core. I knew without a doubt that Josh was in the building when the shooter fired. Whether he was hit or not I wasn’t sure. But I knew he had been there. My heart pounded against my chest. The sounds from the television disappeared. All I could hear were my thoughts. Every worst-case scenario ran through my head, the images stamping themselves deep into my mind.
just talk. “Yeah.” My eyebrow rose. “I lied when I said he didn’t.” I felt like I had been kicked in the gut. My brother had lied to me when I was at my lowest point. “Why would you do that?” I asked, my voice rising. “I didn’t want to get involved any more than I already was.” He took another cookie and instead of taking a bite, he shoved the whole thing in his mouth. “Than you were? What does that mean Josh?” I felt the anger burning inside of me. For so long I had
up the gazebo steps. I had dropped Zach off earlier on my way to my parents’ house to see Josh. Mimi put her paintbrush down and turned to me. If she was having a bad day, she wouldn’t know who I was. I didn’t want to confuse her any further. “Hi. I’m Liz, Zach’s friend,” I said with a wave. She cocked an eyebrow in my direction. “I know who you are. What, do you think I’m senile or something?” “Not at all, Mimi. It’s good to see you again.” And it was. Though I didn’t know if she