Published by Illuminated Myth Publishing on October 28, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Chick Lit
Source: eARC from Author
Amelia is stuck in the worst dorm on campus for a whole year! She’ll have to make the best of it in Woodhouse Hall and her roommate Jenna will be her new best friend, Amelia’s sure of that. Jenna’s sweet personality and openness to new things incite the matchmaking-genius in Amelia to find the perfect boyfriend for her new bestie. She shoots high by attempting to entice Eric, the President of the Student Government, to fall for her roommate. Amelia’s past success makes her confident they will be a couple in no time. When that turns out to be a disaster, she is forced to face the lies she's told herself about her strengths and her assumptions about the people she loves. Over the year, Amelia learns who she is, what she wants, and how to fight for what's really important.
This novel, inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma, will have you laughing, crying, and finding a little of yourself in one or all of the characters.
“Um, I heard they want to knock this dorm down,” one skinny boy said. He had floppy, nearly greasy brown hair that hid his eyes, and I would later learn that his name was Bobby.
Adam turned to me before answering.
“Amelia, do you feel comfortable talking about this?”
I hadn’t yet introduced myself, but this felt like a good time.
“This isn’t a rumor,” I said after I explained who I was. “I’m involved in student government, and the university plans to tear down the dorm at the end of the year so they can build a new one.”
I let everyone have a reaction.
“Let’s focus, please,” Adam said.
“Does that mean they’re going to kick us out? This was all I could afford with my financial aid,” one girl said.
“They’re working out a plan to help people in that very situation. Student government is working to make sure everyone gets into a good dorm without forcing them to find more money. The campus administration wants a better dorm here and knows the campus needs more dorm space. This is the smallest and oldest dorm on campus, so everyone benefits in the end. If you want to give some input, I encourage you to come to the next student government meeting. We need new voices because we are struggling with the town and the alumni association.”
This wasn’t exactly true, but it sounded great and made people feel more confident in the administration. A buzz of whispers followed. Nobody was paying attention anymore, all they had heard was that the dorm would be closing.
“Amelia’s point is that this isn’t a problem we have to deal with right now,” Adam said, getting everyone’s attention again. “We can continue to discuss this throughout the year, but I assure you, you have a home for the entire school year.”
The meeting continued without any further discussion about the dorm closing. Many people came up and asked me about the next SGA meeting. By the time Jenna and I got back to our room, we were both exhausted and ready for classes to start the next day.
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