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"I'm a little nervous," he admitted. I could feel his arm shaking as he rested it on my shoulder. He leaned into me.

"Yeah?" I breathed. We were really close together now. 'C'mon, Wesley!' I signaled with my eyes. 'Make a move!'

He gulped. "Yeah."

Just then, my phone buzzed in my pocket. Mom and Dad were probably texting me to come home soon since we had an early drive back to Northern Virginia in the morning. Not now, parents! Couldn't they tell Something was about to happen? I had no idea what that Something was, of course, but it felt important.

"Listen, Parvin," Wesley said suddenly. He pronounced my name the way it was spelled, even though the proper pronunciation in Farsi was PAR-veen. I'd never bothered correcting him.

"Mm?" I replied. Was he going to ask me to be his girlfriend? Or even better, his date to the fancy Home-coming that Polk High threw every year? Or what if he was just going to tell me his arm had fallen asleep, and yank it back?

But instead of saying anything, he leaned toward me. I realized what was happening just in time and shut my eyes.

His face crashed into mine, the imprint of his braces digging in. I'd never been kissed on the lips before. It felt like eating a melted Popsicle, only with more teeth.

It's happening! my brain kept shouting. THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING! Thank god I had gotten my braces off before coming to the beach, otherwise they would have tangled with Wesley's. This was a dream come true.

He pulled away. I wiped my lips. Kissing was messier than I thought.

"I think you're really cool, Parvin," he said.

Finally! A boy liked me! I didn't want to leave the beach and drive home tomorrow. I wanted to stay in this moment forever.

"Thanks, Wesley," I said, not sure what else to say. My bright orange lip gloss was all over his face, and somehow by his right ear. "Er, you're pretty cool, too."

He wrapped a thin arm around me again.

"Will you be my girlfriend?" he asked, his face super serious. Which was hard, considering all the lip glitter shimmering on it.

YES! I fist-pumped in my mind. This night was going better than I could have imagined. YOU'RE GONNA START HIGH SCHOOL WITH A BOYFRIEND! HA-HA-HA-HAAA!

"Sure," I said casually, as if my head wasn't filled with exploding fireworks. "That would be cool."

Wesley grinned. "So, is this our first date?" he asked, inching so close I could see the freckles on his face. I felt like I was seeing a different side of Wesley—someone who was more confident than the boy I'd dragged around the beach all summer.

I laughed. "Is this a normal first date? Is this what people usually do?"

But Wesley just smiled even wider. "Normal is overrated, Parvin." And then he kissed me again, lip gloss and all.
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"I'm a little nervous," he admitted. I could feel his arm shaking as he rested it on my shoulder. He leaned into me.

"Yeah?" I breathed. We were really close together now. 'C'mon, Wesley!' I signaled with my eyes. 'Make a move!'

He gulped. "Yeah."

Just then, my phone buzzed in my pocket. Mom and Dad were probably texting me to come home soon since we had an early drive back to Northern Virginia in the morning. Not now, parents! Couldn't they tell Something was about to happen? I had no idea what that Something was, of course, but it felt important.

"Listen, Parvin," Wesley said suddenly. He pronounced my name the way it was spelled, even though the proper pronunciation in Farsi was PAR-veen. I'd never bothered correcting him.

"Mm?" I replied. Was he going to ask me to be his girlfriend? Or even better, his date to the fancy Home-coming that Polk High threw every year? Or what if he was just going to tell me his arm had fallen asleep, and yank it back?

But instead of saying anything, he leaned toward me. I realized what was happening just in time and shut my eyes.

His face crashed into mine, the imprint of his braces digging in. I'd never been kissed on the lips before. It felt like eating a melted Popsicle, only with more teeth.

It's happening! my brain kept shouting. THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING! Thank god I had gotten my braces off before coming to the beach, otherwise they would have tangled with Wesley's. This was a dream come true.

He pulled away. I wiped my lips. Kissing was messier than I thought.

"I think you're really cool, Parvin," he said.

Finally! A boy liked me! I didn't want to leave the beach and drive home tomorrow. I wanted to stay in this moment forever.

"Thanks, Wesley," I said, not sure what else to say. My bright orange lip gloss was all over his face, and somehow by his right ear. "Er, you're pretty cool, too."

He wrapped a thin arm around me again.

"Will you be my girlfriend?" he asked, his face super serious. Which was hard, considering all the lip glitter shimmering on it.

YES! I fist-pumped in my mind. This night was going better than I could have imagined. YOU'RE GONNA START HIGH SCHOOL WITH A BOYFRIEND! HA-HA-HA-HAAA!

"Sure," I said casually, as if my head wasn't filled with exploding fireworks. "That would be cool."

Wesley grinned. "So, is this our first date?" he asked, inching so close I could see the freckles on his face. I felt like I was seeing a different side of Wesley—someone who was more confident than the boy I'd dragged around the beach all summer.

I laughed. "Is this a normal first date? Is this what people usually do?"

But Wesley just smiled even wider. "Normal is overrated, Parvin." And then he kissed me again, lip gloss and all.
...

Join the Library's Online Book Clubs and start receiving chapters from popular books in your daily email. Every day, Monday through Friday, we'll send you a portion of a book that takes only five minutes to read. Each Monday we begin a new book and by Friday you will have the chance to read 2 or 3 chapters, enough to know if it's a book you want to finish. You can read a wide variety of books including fiction, nonfiction, romance, business, teen and mystery books. Just give us your email address and five minutes a day, and we'll give you an exciting world of reading.

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