**A TEEN INK HOT NEW RELEASE BOOK**
Girl meets boy. Girl loses boy. Girl meets God. This is the book that just may change the way you look at life.
It was supposed to be Lexy Quinn’s year. The hard-working wallflower has finally landed the coveted spot as Editor of her school’s newspaper. Then the rug is ripped out from under her when she finds out her mom is sick, and the family is moving half-way across the country to Preston Hills, Texas. Lexy can’t think of a worse place to be than at a school full of snobby rich kids where she’ll have to start all over to get people to notice her writing, or–who is she kidding?–notice her at all. When the most swoon-worthy boy in town, who also happens to be the jock celebrity quarterback, gives her an exclusive interview, Lexy’s life takes an unexpected turn. Ash Preston is the perfect guy and, even better, he sees Lexy as she wants to be seen. But can she trust him? PRODIGAL is a different kind of love story, where faith, romance, and God converge . . . and it just might change the way you look at your life.
It was only for a second but the bleachers and all the people in them started to spin as I lost my balance. I knew I was about to go toppling head first down the stairs and threw a hand out, desperate to grab something, anything, to brace my fall. Something cold and wet poured down my arm.
I looked up, shaken, only to realize that what I’d managed to grab was a boy holding a now half-empty cup. And not just any boy.
It was him.
The boy from last night.
“You again?” The bemused look on his face made every thing inside me tingle. “Are you okay?”
I quickly took inventory.
There was no pain, which probably meant I hadn’t done any permanent damage, except to my clothes. Though his crisp polo shirt and khakis were still spotless, there were now dark soda blotches all over my favorite wool sweater that I was sure were never coming out.
I nodded. “I’m fine.”
“We’ve got to stop meeting like this,” he said, crooking me a smile. He stuck his hand out, picking me back up on my feet, just like the last time. I let him, grabbing on with sticky hands while he pulled me upright. He didn’t break eye contact the entire time.
“I’ve got you, Lexy!” Brian grabbed me around the waist and jerked me backward toward him. “Are you all right?” His eyes raked up and down the length of my body with alarm, as if searching for broken bones.
“She said she’s fine,” the boy said, waving Brian off. “Well,” he said, dimpling up at me, “it appears you’re now wearing my soda, and I seem to be fresh out of handkerchiefs today. Perhaps we should go get something to clean you up?”
“Why don’t you just watch where you’re going instead, Preston!” Brian whipped around, cheeks red. “You could’ve really hurt Lexy!”
It was so unexpected, it took a minute for me to fully absorb Brian’s words.
Preston? This was Ash Preston? The boy I’d been warned about?
I figured the best thing to do, the only thing to do now that I knew, was to just keep my mouth shut until he walked away, and I could forget we’d ever met.
This isn’t your typical love story, boy meets girl falls in love, and they ride into the sunset together. Nope. It’s much better!Lexy is a senior in high school and is looking forward to starting her dream as the editor of her School’s newspaper. Unfortunately everything comes crashing down when her Mom gets very ill, and her family moves to Texas so she can receive treatments immediately.
She wasn’t very popular at her old school, and now she’s attending a prestigious school where if you’ re not wearing “Gucci” you don’t belong.
She does make a few friends and they seem to really like her. Of course there is a girl (Blythe) who has a chip on her shoulder and is constantly bullying Lexi.
Lexi tries desperately to get onto the school’s newspaper writing team. She finds out there are no openings, but she’s determined to get a chance to prove she has the passion and the talent to be a great writer. She’s given a chance to interview the quarterback of the rival school, Ash Preston
Is sexy, charming, and his family is one of the richest in the country. Her new friends warn her about him, he doesn’t have “relationships” and after a few dates the girls end up despising him. Lexy knows absolutely nothing about football, but she’s determined so she does her research and prepares for the first interview. The interviews seem to go smoothly and there is a electric spark between Ash and Lexy, as soon as Lexy asks personal family questions Ash gets defensive and stops the interview. Things between them cease as quickly as it started.
Lexi tries to stop thinking about Ash, but he is always in her thoughts. They both have these feelings that they’ve never experienced before and Ash also has been carrying a lot of guilt around that he cannot forget and or forgive that he keeps pushing Lexy away. Lexi also struggles with her relationships with her Brother and Dad. They don’t “get” her, and her Dad wants her to go to medical school like her Brother. Her Mother supports her and tells Lexy to follow her dreams.
Rektok does a wonderful job bringing faith, religion, forgiveness into her book. I found this refreshing, not over done. I am hoping there will be another book in the near future.