I’m thrilled to kick-off Selene Castrovilla’s blog tour for The Girl Next Door! Selene is stopping by today to share a scene from The Girl Next Door, along with her thoughts. Check it out below, then be sure to enter for a chance to win a Kindle Fire! Also, buy THE GIRL NEXT DOOR for yourself during the tour, and Selene will donate $1 for every copy sold to help young adults fight against their cancer! And if you donate to AVMF, Selene will send you a signed copy! More details below…
by Selene Castrovilla
Ebook Publication Date: May 24, 2013
The Central Park Scene from THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
by Selene Castrovilla
In this scene, Samantha and Jesse are in Central Park. It’s the night of Jesse’s prom, but he won’t go because he has trouble with body coordination, and he doesn’t want everyone to see him like that. He also doesn’t want their pity. So, Sam has created a private prom in their special spot in the park, with stringed lights, picnic basket and blanket.
It’s hard for Sam to get Jesse into the park. He never wants to get out of bed. By bringing Jesse here – the place where they shared so much happiness growing up – she hopes she can trigger his spirit enough to fight for his life.
I chose this scene for several reasons:
- It showcases the sweet relationship between Sam and Jesse.
- It reveals Sam’s insecurities and jealousies, because she was only Jesse’s best friend and not his girl friend all these years, even though she secretly loved him.
- It shows them in their refuge, away from the hustle and noise of Manhattan. They even listen to their special music – ABBA – which they discovered at a Broadway show years earlier.
- There are lots of sensory details, which I worked my butt off to incorporate!
- It’s magical, like a fairytale romance, despite the horror going on in their lives.
- It rings true to me, capturing emotions so many teens carry.
But the number one reason I chose this scene is because even though I wrote it years ago, I still burst into tears reading it.
Let me know what you think!
We sat on the blanket and ate. It was a beautiful, clear night. The kind where you couldn’t imagine anything being wrong in the world.
“Oh, I almost forgot,” I said, swooshing taffeta as I got up.
I hit play on the Ipod, and Abba sang to us “Does your mother know that you’re out?”
He hoisted himself up. “Care to dance?” he asked, putting his arms around me. I nestled into his chest, tucking my head under his chin and holding him tight. It felt so good, his body pitched against me. I could stay there always. I listened to his heart beat: Thump. Thump. Thump.
Abba was warning me to take it easy. Easy to say, wasn’t it. But taking it easy didn’t seem within my capacity these days. Tears welled in my eyes; I sniffled.
He looked at me. “What’s wrong?”
“I feel so bad,” I said, tears rubbing into his white shirt. Guilt prickled through my body, goading my tears. How could I be so happy, when Jess shouldn’t have been there at all? “You belong somewhere else,” I told him.
“No I don’t.”
“You do.” He would have been king of the prom–I was sure. “If you could take any girl to the prom tonight, who would it be? Cindy Evans, I bet.” That was an almost sure thing. Other girls who’d been hot for Jess paraded through my mind. “Or Elyse Carmichael. Or Jamie Suthouser. Or Valerie Daniels…”
I had no right, but I felt jealous just then; jealous of the girl who would’ve been in Jesse’s arms if he hadn’t gotten sick. I couldn’t be sure who it would’ve been, but it wouldn’t have been me. I could picture them in silhouette, dancing under a dazzling rainbow of swirling spotlights while the band played Dido. I could see him pulling her closer, closer. I could see their mouths touching…
Jess pressed his finger on my cheek and stared into me, yanking me from my solitary spot by the punch bowl at Tavern on the Green.
God. Those eyes.
Those eyes–they looked right inside.
“I’d take the girl next door.” Jess’s voice was hushed, sincere. He inhaled air in deep bursts, like he was making up for the breath he took from me.
The sky seemed magnified through all my tears. The stars flickered wildly, like the lights on Broadway. Please, I begged them silently, squeezing my eyes shut. Please don’t take Jesse away.
His lips dug into mine, wet and desperate.
About Selene Castrovilla
Selene is pleased to team with the Anthony V. Mannino Foundation helping young adults in their fight against cancer. She will donate $1 for each book ordered during THE GIRL NEXT DOOR’s Blog Tour! Selene will also send a free autographed copy of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR to anyone who donates $25 or more to the foundation (click here to donate!). For your purchase to count and/or to show proof of donation, just send a screenshot or receipt of your order or donation, along with your shipping address if necessary, through “Drop me a line” in the “Latest News” section of her website, selenecastrovilla.com.
The AVM Foundation Mission
The Mission of The Anthony V. Mannino Foundation is to financially assist young adults in the age group of 18-28 while they are undergoing their cancer treatment. They also want to help development support programs to aid this unique age group, with their special needs, as they battle cancer.
AVMF found that Anthony’s age group of 18 plus, doesn’t have the emotional or financial support that other age groups do. They are also aware of the unique situations that this age group faces and want to help those adolescents and their families.