Friday, December 19, 2014

Author: Dawn Lanuza
Release date: October 3, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Series: N/A
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary / Romance
Purchase: Amazon 
Add to your library: Goodreads

If they say that life flashes right before your eyes when you die, do you also get a flashback of your exes when your perfect boyfriend is proposing to you? At least that's the case for Regina Cortez. There's her dramatic high school boyfriend, her first college crush, the irresistible heart breaker, and the ever elusive one. By backtracking to her past, will Regina make it to 'I Do'? Or will she just keep running away? (via Goodreads)


I watched Dirk for days when he came in. Not that I was waiting for him to notice me; it’s just that the more he tries to blend with the background, the more I see him in the foreground. He would always sulk under the bleachers and light a cigarette even if smoking wasn’t allowed on school grounds. At night, he would be hanging out in the parking lot of a convenience store, waiting for his older friends to get him packs of cigarettes and beer. He still doesn’t smile even if he was already with his friends.

So after following him for two weeks – from a distance of course – I had a breakthrough. We were having lunch by the kiosk while he was sulking under the bleachers, smoking, when he caught my eye. This happened a couple of times before, but I always manage to look away or pretend that I was looking at Amy, my friend who is usually talking about her hair. But that day, I didn’t look away and neither did he. So we stared at each other for a whole minute. Maybe less, but that felt like eternity in teenage

I didn’t come near him, not for another month or so, but since that day, Dirk and I would have a staring competition during lunch. I always lose, because my eyes would get watery and sometimes, Amy shoves her hair right in front of my face so I can check if she has split ends.

Then one day, while we were in the middle of our staring match, he and his deep intense stare turned into something more than I’ve bargained for.

Dirk smiled.

Generally, when you meet someone for the first time, they give you a smile, as if they’re welcoming you into their lives. His smile wasn’t just an invitation.

It cracked his whole world open.

      About the Author

Dawn Lanuza has been imagining and writing love stories since she was a kid. She works for the music industry by day, and writes about meet cutes and snappy comebacks by night. She writes short stories, chick lit and young-adult fiction. She has a degree in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines.

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