Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey
Publication Date: Sept 22, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Sixteen-year-old Max Prescott knows all too well the joys of cheating girlfriends and traitorous friends. He’s not eager to have his heart trampled again, but money and a fresh start can mean the difference between happiness and a dark path with his name on it.
So when Melly Hewson, a perky and enigmatic classmate, asks him to be her model for a year-long photography project, Max agrees. Melly Hewson is everything Max isn’t. She’s outgoing, witty and always knows the right words to say. And despite his best efforts, Max finds himself drawn to her.
Still, he isn’t stupid. He knows a girl like Melly will only use him and then never speak to him again. Besides, he’s been to that rodeo. As long as he keeps his feelings off the market, he won’t make the same mistakes as last time.
Yet underneath Melly’s sweet smiles lies a secret she’d rather kept hidden. And as the year goes on and the photos pile up, Max and Melly will find themselves developing through the negatives, a story that when told could push them to opposite ends of their world. But the only thing worst than the truth is, the facade that surrounds them.
Something barks when I’m about to start walking up the stairs. “Oof!” A small, cream-colored dog lands in Melly’s lap. Her gray eyes light up as she rubs his head. “Hey Waffles! Who’s a good boy?” She scratches under his jaw. He looks up, then races over to me and stands on his hind legs, placing his paws on my jeans. I clear my throat and take a step back. The dog’s paws fall down; he lands on all fours.
Melly’s smile widens. “I think he likes you. Isn’t he cute?”
I blink. The dog—Waffles?—kind of looks like a dog my family used to have, except this dog has larger eyes. “Um, I don’t do cute. I’m a dude.”
“I know.” She pats the dog’s head. “I’d bring him upstairs with us, but he’s not allowed up there.”
“Oh.” The dog wags his tail, which is sandy-colored like the rest of his body. “What breed is he?”
“Cairn terrier mixed with something. He might also be part Maltese.”
Whatever that means. Asking about the breed seemed like the right question. I don’t actually know anything about dogs. “Oh.”
Melly laughs. “We can leave him alone for now. Come on. Let’s go upstairs.”
“Sure.” Up we go. The dog stays at the bottom of the staircase and whines.
“He’s just lonely. Ignore him for now.” She points up. “For the fake picture, do you want to pretend to squish the chandelier?”
I don’t have a better idea. “Sure.”
“Cool.” Melly grins as I raise my hand. “A little further apart, to the right a bit … there. That’s good.” She takes the picture. “Thanks for coming over! Can we meet up at the music store tomorrow?”
I nod. “Sounds good.”
“Great. I’ll see you then. I’m going to go take Waffles out for a walk now.”
“Cool.” Good. She didn’t ask me to go with her. “This is a nice house. I didn’t expect it to be so big.”
She laughs. “That’s probably a good thing.” We go downstairs, and she takes Waffles to the back. “Bye, Max.”
I smile as I leave. What the hell? I don’t want friends. Friendship never ends well. Right?
Giveaway Information: Contest ends October 16, 2015
- One (1) winner will receive a digital copy of Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey, and a $10 Amazon GC (INT)
Jelsa Mepsey writes young adult contemporary romance fiction, drawing inspiration from daily life. With her work, she is dedicated to spurring people to think about what they have taken for granted and to shed light on the issues people avoid talking about. As an Asian-American in her 20s, she is excited to explore more of the human experience as she herself journeys through life. Writing, rock climbing 5.12 routes, and playing various instruments have resulted in the formation of many calluses on her hands over the years. When not engaging in her previously mentioned hobbies, Jelsa can be found at her local library with a stack of at least ten books, naming her various pens, or staring at her dog Waffles for inspiration.
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