Sixteen-year old Brianna had everything she wanted: money to ski all over the world, underlings to do her bidding, and parents who gave her every freedom—as long as she played by their rules. But when she’s busted shoplifting and assigned to the Chain Gang, she ditches her shallow ways and realizes being herself is easier than manipulating people.
Forced to partner with kids she’d never dream of befriending, including Xavier, a boy who makes her pulse go into hyperdrive, Brianna vows to be a better person. Breaking Old Brianna’s habits isn’t easy, but her infatuation with Xavier—someone her parents would never approve of—motivates her to keep trying.
Even when he convinces her to trade her swanky skis for a beat-up snowboard.
Brianna lets go of her need to control everything and finally starts to feel free—until her past threatens to jeopardize her first real chance at love. She discovers balancing on the edge is as challenging in life as it is in snowboarding, and when a new friend is in trouble, Brianna must decide between the superficial things that used to be her world and putting her friend’s safety before herself.
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Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
While I have a desk, I don’t write at it, which means the surface becomes a hodgepodge of notes, mementos, books, and random things I haven’t figured out what to do with.
The basket on the far left is the stack of bills and other important paperwork that needs to be filed. I’m terrible at staying on top of this, so it’s has turned into an annual task. Next to that are things I’ve picked up at writing and book events: bookmarks, a pair of folding fans, and collectibles from previous years of Nano.
My computer gets center billing, even though it’s only there when I’m NOT using it. I love how the bright cover contrasts with the dark surface of the desk, and this section has been used in a lot of my Instagram pics. Next to that is my owl mug filled with pens, sticky notes to capture my random thoughts, and notes for my next novel.
The Amy Poehler memoir is sitting out because I borrowed it from a friend and need to return it to her. The white booklet is my pride and joy from my day job: our annual report. I’m the Director of Marketing & Communications at my local community foundation, and the annual report highlights our work from the previous year. It just came out in October and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
The other basket is writing-related things that I need to file. Have I mentioned that I’m really awful at filing? I convince myself that I need to keep things, but I never want to put them away. Someday…
One thing I love about this desk is how it’s the same height at the row of shelves in my bookcase. It feels like an extension of my books, and I love how everything feels within my reach. Right now the shelves are arranged by genre and authors I know (and notice the girl power section in front of the notebooks!), but I’d love to reorganize them so there’s less wasted space. Even so, they’re perfect to stare at while I’m brainstorming plots and working out tricky bits of dialogue.