Vivacious and outgoing, Amethyst August Nelson is the youngest daughter in a family of six girls. All named after jewels and the months they were born. Being the youngest in an all girl family isn't easy. It sucks. It's hard to stand out in a sea of high heels. So when she meets Archie Leopold Smathers in the fifth grade, he seems like the perfect friend; a guy and an only child. Who could ask for more?
Senior year, and they're still best friends. It's been a give and take relationship full of comic book mayhem, video games, and sneaking across lawns.
Until an embarrassing experience with the star quarterback has eighteen-year-old Amethyst asking Leo to take her virginity, and it puts a whole new spin on their friendship. Can their friendship survive beyond the boundaries of desire and unexpected revelations?
Thursday night dance confessions, a neighborhood full of quirky characters, and a comic book store full of off-the-wall advice will teach these two about life, love, sex, and each other in a way they never expected.
It takes more than one person to help Amethyst find herself. It takes a neighborhood.
"You know something?" he asked. I peered at him, our eyes clashing before sliding away. "You can always count on me. You do know that, right?"
My heart heavy, I studied his profile. "You can always count on me, too."
Leo had been spending most of our friendship protecting me from things, and that scared me. What happens to a friendship when that protection is gone?
NOTE: This is a coming of age new adult book that contains adult language and content.