Name: Kelly Allan
Title: FADE INTO YOU
Genre: YA Contemporary
Word count: 85,000
Kenzie, a drifter who resists friends, meets Mags, a mentally unstable Valedictorian. Mags needs a live-in caregiver who can keep her from hurting herself and her unborn baby—Kenzie’s ex-boyfriend's baby. A deep-seeded and unexpected friendship forces Kenzie to choose between living carefree and staying to face demons that aren’t just her own.
The gray atmosphere of
was sticky and stifling, especially after our frequent relocations between small towns, where the skies were usually a clear blue during the day and, at night, a spectacle of stars. Indianapolis
I didn’t even wait for the car to stop all the way before I pushed myself from its confines to stretch my legs and inhale some fresh air into my lungs. Mom and I had been on the road for a day and a half and I suffered from a deranged case of cabin fever.
The gray atmosphere of
was sticky and stifling, especially after our frequent relocations between small towns, where the skies were usually a clear blue during the day and, at night, a spectacle of stars. This city was a stark contrast to where we’d lived in Indianapolis , where everyone overdosed on daily vitamin C and salty ocean water. California felt dirty, especially the dull brown buildings populating the worn streets, and they made me rethink our move to the big city as I dashed passed them. Indianapolis
My shoes slapped against the pavement with an uneven cadence, one of my legs had cramped up from the tight corners of the car, and I hoped running would loosen it. I sprinted at first—glad to be free of our blue Volkswagen that had begun to smell of body odor and old food—then slowed into a steady pace, feeling my heart pump heavily under my thin blouse. I ran and I ran and I ran, past dormant street lamps, crumbled driveways, and toddler toys abandoned on the sidewalks. Running was my way of christening a place. It was my ritual. A new house, a new town, wasn’t home to me until I ran there.
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