Publication Date: September 2, 2019
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
When Caleb Gray heads to the Texas coast to mentally prepare for a future he isn’t sure he wants, the last person he expects to see is Catie Dixon. Yeah, their mothers have been planning their wedding since they were born, but he and Catie are most definitely not friends. He can’t see her as anything but the annoying kid who followed him everywhere. Except, it’s really bothering him that everyone is staring at her in that bikini…
Catie got over her crush on Caleb ages ago. So why can’t she see past his ripped body or how unsettled he seems? She’s got her own problems, though. Her future has been set for years and now she’s dreaming of pulling the plug. A week at their families’ beach house is just what she needs to pull herself together, and she has no intention of letting Caleb back into her heart…which would be a whole lot easier if he’d put on a shirt.
But a forced week of togetherness full of beach parties, waterslide mishaps, bonfires, and roller coasters sparks more than an understanding. What do you do when the person standing in the way of your future is the one person you grew up hating…but now don’t?
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Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.
- What is on your nightstand?
Waiting for Tom Hanks, by Kerry Winfrey, which was a really funny book about a woman who is obsessed with romcoms and on the hunt for her very own Tom Hanks (or any stereotypical romcom leading man-type). I highly recommend it.
- What author would you totally fan?
I love Jojo Moyes of Me Before You fame. I loved that book (and the two that follow it) but I love her other books too. From contemporary to historical, the woman can do it all, and I seriously admire her and always get lost in her books!
- What makes you cringe?
Snakes and lizards (or as I call them, snakes with legs). I live in Houston, which is full of them, so I cringe a lot.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I tend to create a general outline of the pivotal scenes in the book, and try to stick to that outline, but it’s the scenes in between that often surprise me and sometimes take the story in a new direction. So the answer, I guess, is yes and no.
- Is there a word you love to use?
In Stuck With You, I use “all right” a lot, so much so that I had to cut some of them. I blame Matthew McConaughey, whose personality I sort of borrowed for my main character, Caleb.
- One (1) winner will win a signed copy of all 3 books in the First Kiss Hypothesis series by Christina Mandelski