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2015 Oregon Book Awards Finalist
About the book:
Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place.
In alternating chapters of verse and prose, new girl Lauren and football hero Colby come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible — something to truly believe in.
About the author:
Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and the middle-grade novels It’s Raining Cupcakes and My Secret Guide to Paris. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com or on twitter at @lisa_schroeder.
Excerpt from The Bridge from Me to You
It’s Benny and me, tossing the football around in my front yard, like we’ve done at least a thousand times. but this is the first time we’ve done it before the first day of practice our senior year.
This is our last chance.
Our last chance to bring home a high school championship.
I look at my best friend standing across from me, sweat glistening on his muscular black arms, and I know for him, we have to win. Taking state may be the only chance he has at catching a scout’s eye.
It’s been a lot easier for me. How can he not hate me for that?
“You’re so good, you don’t even need to go to practice, do you?” Benny jokes as the football spins toward me. “I bet you just show up so Coach will make the rest of us work harder.”
It’s like he can read my mind. Maybe that’s what happens when you’ve been best friends for what feels like forever.
Lisa Schroeder’s website:
“The narrative unspools through chapters told in the alternating voices of the two main characters. Colby’s chapters focus on a straightforward telling of the events, while Lauren’s chapters, a mix of poetry and prose, resonate with emotion. Familiar characters and a quiet plot are elevated by poetry that is as beautiful as it is varied. Lovely in its details.”
“Writing in alternating viewpoints, with Lauren’s chapters unfolding in free verse and Colby’s in prose, Schroeder (Falling for You) offers a thoughtful, straightforward, and fairly chaste romance between two kind, generous teens—one burdened by her past, one burdened by his future. Romance fans will find a familiar mix of tragedies, obstacles, and misunderstandings to surmount as Lauren and Colby try to do right by themselves and each other.”