Today, I have a special guest. Please help me welcome Louise Rozett, author of Confessions of an Angry Girl! She’s here today to share a scene from Jamie’s POV as part of her Kismet Blog Tour, and we’re celebrating her book’s birthday!
by Louise Rozett
The taciturn Jamie Forta, a junior, reflects on freshman Rose Zarelli one morning during study hall as she not-so-subtly watches him drawing on the back cover of his notebook…
I could use a smoke. I quit, though.
Still hungry. I shouldn’ta given that bagel to Angelo.
Something’s not right with the way I’m drawing this house. Ms. Botero is trying to teach me perspective. I can’t do it yet. But I see how it’s supposed to work.
Rose Zarelli got assigned to my study-hall table a few days ago. Weird. What are the chances.
I know three things about Rose: She’s a freshman. I played hockey with her brother before I got kicked off the team. Her dad’s dead.
And she’s watching me draw.
So, four things.
Damn. This pencil sucks.
Rose doesn’t know that I know she’s watching. She’s sorta studying a biology book. But I can feel her eyes. Sometimes she’s looking at the drawing. Sometimes at my hands. Sometimes at my face. I feel like I shouldn’t look at her, like it would freak her out. But you kinda gotta look when someone’s staring at you. You can’t help it.
Big blue eyes. Brown hair. Smart. You can tell—she probably likes school.
Why is she wearing a sweater? It’s like 90 degrees in here.
Maybe that’s why her face keeps going all red.
Oh. She’s blushing.
That’s what’s happening there.
I keep looking at her as she gets redder. I won’t smile. She might think I’m laughing at her. That’s the last thing she needs.
“That’s a really nice picture,” she sort of whispers, like she has a sore throat or something.
I look at the drawing. It could be nice, if I could do perspective. And if my pencil wasn’t shot. I should carry one of those sharpener things.
I gotta get some coffee before the bell rings or I’ll fall asleep in second period.
“You should be studying,” I say to her, though girls like Rose study way more than they need to.
I wonder if she knows I’m teasing.
Maybe I’ll tell her later.
Those big blue eyes watch me as I stand up and get some money out of my pocket.
I can still feel them on me as I walk away.
Happy book birthday Louise! Thank you for stopping by today and sharing that scene, I love Jamie even more now! Readers, enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a copy of Confessions of an Angry Girl for yourself, and a chance at the grand prize!
Contest details: Each tour host is giving away a copy of Confessions of an Angry Girl to one lucky winner. The winner of the grand prize pack will be chosen from among all the entries from all of the tour stops! See the tour stop list below to follow the tour for more chances to win!