I clearly remember my first boyfriend. Okay, maybe it's because we are still friends today...but I do remember our first kiss, behind the train depot. It was shy and tentative. Soon though, it became more expressive. I had dreamed of being his girlfriend for so long. We'd been children together, friends first and then...something more.
Like many young loves, it didn't work out. He moved away and I lost him when I couldn't compete with more experienced girls (because I wasn't going to give up the prize).
Is my story unique...No. There are many of us out there with similar stories and I loved reading Lily by Any Other Name because it took me back to those memories. I hope you'll enjoy this story as much as I did.
17-year-old Lily Anderson is ready to wrap herself in a big red bow and give Zach Hewitt the greatest gift in the history of Christmas: Her. But when she pulls a pair of booties from her stocking and learns her forty-year-old mother is pregnant, Lily finds herself adrift, unsure of Zach’s commitment.
Lily hopes Zach will anchor her with promises of love. Unfortunately, his chaotic home-life makes him afraid of those three little words; and Maddie Franklin-in her Amazing Technicolor Dream Thong–makes sure Zach can have her whenever he wants.
With the help of her best friend Sarah, Lily plots to secure her place in Zach’s heart. But after a series of awkward rejections, Lily loses faith in her dream boyfriend, in herself, even in Sarah.
That’s when Lily turns to Adam Connolly, a transfer student whose lash-y eyes and comfortable silences make her question who it is she wants and what she needs. But Adam’s support can’t help her the day Lily discovers her parents’ game-changing secret.
Faced with the truth, Lily must decide how to deal with her family’s past, take hold of her own future, and accept that there are many names for love.
Don’t bother making wishes; what you get is more than enough.
About the Author:
Julie C. Gardner is the author of Letters for Scarlet and Guest List. A native of Southern California, Julie lives in a suburb of LA with her husband, two children, and three dogs. When Julie isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, napping, and finding new excuses not to run. Lily by Any Other Name is Julie’s first Young Adult novel.
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