Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world’s biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can’t be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden?
Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now.
Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train—and who could be Douglas Booth’s twin! Perfect formal partner, much?
But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn’t get it—and where is her best friend?
When did life get so crazy? Kat’s just an ordinary schoolgirl.
Read the first three chapters at: www.unrequited.com.au
Just breathe, breathe … Kat commands herself, silently. At least, she hopes it’s a silent command. What possessed her to say ‘McDreamy’ out loud? He must think she’s an idiot!
Her hands are shaking from the excitement of seeing him again, so she shoves them in her jeans pockets. Then her bag slips awkwardly off her shoulder and dangles from her elbow and she can’t get her hand out of her pocket easily. Damn these skinny jeans …
Joel is onto it. He reaches over calmly and places the strap back on her shoulder. She tries to ignore the brush of his fingers on her skin and the confident but gentlemanly way that he did that. And his gorgeous sideways glance …
But she fails. Miserably.
Everything she remembered about him from the other day is eclipsed by the reality of walking beside him to the coffee van like they’re any other couple. Couple! ‘Don’t get ahead of yourself,
Kat!’ she whispers, firmly.
Gah! ‘Ah, nothing. Um. So, where did you meet Sarah?’
As attempts to change the subject go, Kat immediately knows this wasn’t the ideal choice.
Why on earth is she bringing up that girl? He’ll just end up comparing her to Sarah and all her
Joel pauses for a second. He’s on edge. Clearly, Sarah is a touchy subject. Please don’t let her be an ex-girlfriend or something. Or worse! Current girlfriend!
‘You’re not together are you?’ Kat blurts. ‘I mean, sorry! Of course if you’re together that’s not an issue at all! I’m really happy for you, actually! Gosh, I mean we barely know each other.
You’d make a great couple. She’s just so, so …’
He frowns. That can’t be good.
‘She’s quite something, I know,’ he says. ‘What kind of coffee do you like?’
Right, coffee. Here’s her moment. She wants a macchiato, pronounced ‘mack-ee-ah-toe’, right?
Yikes! Is it that, or is it ‘match-ee-ah-toe’? Panic, panic … She’s a deer caught in the headlights of the university coffee van. She’s staring at the menu like it’s written in another language.
‘Um … flat white?’ she says after a absurdly long pause. Most. Boring. Coffee. Ever.
He smiles. ‘Is that a question?’
‘No, I definitely want a flat white. Big flat white lover.’
He smiles. ‘A flat white, thanks. An extra large one. And a macchiato.’
She stands beside him, apprehensively. Should she pay? At least for hers, particularly as it’s so huge? She starts rustling around in her bag and he hands over a twenty-dollar note and says, ‘Kat, I’ve got it,’ then pockets the change, takes the coffees and hands her an enormous takeaway cup.
She starts to wonder where the nearest toilet might be. A coffee this large and frayed nerves
aren’t a good combination.
‘McJoel. That’s got a ring to it,’ he says, flashing a quiet smile.
She feels ridiculous and he says it’s okay, he’s just teasing. She tries to compose herself.
Deep breath. Gulp of coffee. Don’t stare.
‘So, tell me more about this song.’
Emma Grey has two teenage girls, a three-year-old boy, a couple of businesses and another teen novel in the pipeline. Her first book, ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’ was published in 2005.
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