Two best friends. One last day. One huge secret that changes everything.
Avery Young is having a moment.
How he handles it will determine his future.
A talented musician, Avery is leaving home in New Jersey to study at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Before he boards the 8 AM Northeast Connector out of Princeton Junction, he has one last day at the Jersey Shore with his best friend of four years, Angela, who’s been unusually distant all summer.
When Angela finally reveals the reasons behind that distance, it changes everything,
When the moment comes, as they stand along the shore, Avery is forced to reconsider who he is, who he wants to be, and more immediately, what is he going to do now? His plans for the future, which include musical stardom and a life of constant creativity with his best friend by his side, have gone completely up in flames.
How can he pursue his dreams when it could mean losing Angela, the only stable thing in his life, forever?
Angie has been my best friend since the first day of ninth grade. We met in third period Phys Ed. I’d been nervous all day since I was coming over from private school and I really didn’t know anybody. She sat right down next to me in the bleachers and started talking like we were old pals. I found her forwardness and quirkiness immediately appealing. That, and her plan to keep us from having to start the year in health class. I hadn’t been paying attention, but since our last names both started with “Y,” and the PE department inexplicably starting signups with the “A’s,” we were almost out of choices.
“Come with me if you want to avoid health class…” she’d intoned in her best Terminator voice, which it turned out was not very good at all. I followed her, though, and we were soon enthusiastically signing up for badminton. We made a good team then and have been pretty much inseparable ever since.
Then we graduated and I barely saw her all summer. I knew she was traveling and stuff, and I was supposed to spend a good chunk of the summer staying with Nana and playing whatever shows my guitar and I could book in Philly. Plus, I had that scholarship audition in New York to prepare for, but I had no idea how we got to the end of August and found ourselves planning our last day together before I left for Boston and she went across town to Princeton, having barely seen each other since the week after graduation.
We’d talked pretty much every day. But I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t really missed her. What bugged me the most is once I kinda looked at the calendar of the summer, I still didn’t totally understand where she’d been and what she’d been doing for parts of it. It was a mystery I hoped to solve during our last day together before we had to be apart. I mean, I had really hoped we’d goof around all summer like we had in the past, especially since college was looming. But she’d been really hard to pin down, except for that last day.
So, let’s talk about that.
Robert Kugler is the award-winning author of the Avery & Angela series, the Aloha Kugs series, and AN ALMOST TOLERABLE PERSON. He retired from education in order to focus on both writing and parenting. A graduate of The College of Wooster and Seton Hall University, Robert is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, enjoys mixology, and does the occasional sprint triathlon. (slowly) He currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, children and a Labrador named Maggie. He spends as much time as possible in Wildwood, NJ, as it’s simply the best beach on the East Coast or anywhere else.
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