No More Goddesses by Kim Baccellia
Published by Zumaya Thresholds
Published May 28th, 2013
Heart-shaped posters announcing CANDYGRAMS! 25 CENTS! were
plastered all over campus. It was here, the day I had anticipated
with dread and hope, although it would probably end in disappointment.
As if the guy I drooled over would ever send me one.
I dreamed of the moment anyway. Every night since the announcement,
I had played it all out in my head. I would be so
cool, so sophisticated—just like Audrey Hepburn in Tessa’s Treasure.
If I closed my eyes, I knew I’d go right to that dream, but then
I’d risk being battered by the throng of students bumping and jostling
in the overcrowded hall. Thank God there had never been a
real emergency. Us lowly freshmen would be floor splatter.
Then, like the parting of the Red Sea, the crowd flowed to the
sides of the hall as the star of my dreams, Ethan Taylor, and his
bunch of basketball friends walked down the center, flipping their
heads as if they owned the place. Who am I kidding? They did.
They were McKnight High.
“There he is,” said my best friend Selena Garza with a subtle
wag of her eyebrows. Lost in all the Candygram stuff, I’d almost
forgotten she was there. “Go talk to him.”
She gave me a gentle shove, and I stumbled forward. Ethan
stopped talking to Coby Jett. I straightened out my dress, all non-
chalant-like, acting as if nothing had happened, before I chanced a
glance at Ethan. He was watching me with two of the most beautiful
blue eyes ever.
Here was my moment. My chance. Say something, dang it!
I felt as if someone had shoved a load of cotton in my mouth. I
tried to say something clever but I only croaked.
My face burned with embarrassment. I nervously rubbed my
sweaty palms on my skirt while a bazillion thoughts and emotions
went swirling through my head. What do I do? Do I look good
enough? Why is it so hot all of a sudden?
“Hey,” Ethan said, his husky voice setting off fireworks inside
me. My gosh, his eyes were so blue and, at this moment—did I
dare admit it?—inviting?
My heart leaped, doing one somersault after another. I opened
my month again, determined to say something, anything.
Now I knew my face was on fire.
The other guys snickered. I thought for sure I’d die right onthe spot. Audrey would never have gotten herself into this situation.
I grew up in Sacramento, California, the oldest of seven. I earned an elementary teaching degree from Brigham Young University.I’ve been a telemarketer, library helper at the university, assistant manager, sales clerk, tutor, and bilingual teacher. Now I’m a stay-at-home mom and writer.
I love to read and write!
I am also a reviewer for Young Adults (& Kids!) Book Central.
Cassandra's Review- A flare of turmoil and humor in cased in a mystery makes this book a great read. The time goes by fast and the ending is worth it. I think you will like the story line and concept.