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Born for the express purpose of being the understudy for my older sister, I’ve learnt that life goes faster if I just go along with the madness.
Until the madness involves me, the School Formal, my sister’s hair-brained scheme to win over the hottest boy in school, and a misunderstanding that I’m the one interested in him.
Suddenly, my quiet existence isn’t so quiet anymore and the bright neon light that heralds my eighteenth birthday and freedom is overshadowed by one that follows a boy who’s going to be the next big thing.
What do you do when you find your best friend/crush kissing your other best friend on the day you were going to declare your feelings for him? You only agree to fake date your crush’s rival, the King of the Bows and all around douche, Xander.
Across the school, battlelines are drawn and sides are taken between the new ’it’ couple of my former best friends and the excitingly scandalous pairing of me and King Douche.
He calls it ‘keeping up appearances’, I call it ‘take one more pass at my arse and I’ll break your nose’.
They say all’s fair in love and war, but what’s so fair about falling for the wrong guy when your two best friends are on the other side of the battlelines?
Keeping Up Appearances
Big girl undies? Check.
Speech planned? Check.
Nerves of steel? Check.
A single crush? …not check…?
Everyone’s convinced the hottest guy in school’s going to ask me out - that Mason and I would be the perfect couple, that he’s my John Cusack. Except, he hasn’t.
One holidays, I find myself hanging out with the resident underachiever, and he surprises me. With Roman, I don’t have to pretend that little Piper Barlow is perfect; even if we’re both in a foul mood, just sitting in silence together is perfectly enough. Until it becomes more.
But, Roman doesn’t do more. Does he...?
What do you do when you accidentally find perfection with the wrong guy?
Leilani Granger can’t stand the person Casper Drake has become, and Casper doesn’t even recognise his best mate’s little sister anymore. Loving each other is second-nature, but they don’t know how not to hate each other either.
As they face losing Leilani’s only remaining brother and Casper’s best mate to his inner demons, old habits lead them back to each other for comfort.
Leilani wasn’t the kind to lose herself in meaningless sex.
Casper’s been doing it for years.
It’s the only time hate doesn’t get in the way.
But, the trouble with hate is…it’s often not hate at all.
the Trouble with Hate is...
…it’s often not hate at all.