Surviving Adam Meade
by Shannon Klare
(Surviving Adam Meade, #1)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 14th 2018
Seventeen-year-old Claire Collins has a plan: get into college and leave North Carolina behind. What she doesn’t have is an idea for how to get rid of the local football star and womanizer extraordinaire—Adam Meade, who she can’t even avoid (despite many efforts), because Claire’s dad is the high school football coach.
Seventeen-year-old Adam Meade never fails. He always gets what he wants… until he meets Claire, the new girl who leaves him unnerved, pissed off, and confused. But there’s something about her that he just can’t resist…
With the bite of lemon meringue pie and the sugar of sweet tea, Surviving Adam Meade is a sexy and compelling young adult novel about two strong-willed people who think they know what they want but have no idea what they need.
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Overhead, the bell’s shrill cry flooded the room. Adam relaxed in his seat, and I finished unloading my stuff.
“You were almost late,” he said.
I looked back, trying to figure out who he was talking to. Me.
“Maybe I should get you a watch for Christmas,” he continued, grinning. “It’ll help with time management.”
I flashed him my expensive birthday gift. “I have a watch, but you can get me a black one to match your heart.”
The room quieted as our professor appeared on the television screen. I unloaded my backpack and missed the page number in the process. When I turned to look at Adam’s book, he pulled it away.
“Really?” I said. “Give me the page number.”
“You were mean. Ask somebody else.” I gawked at him, and he mirrored my expression. “Learn to be nice to people, and maybe they’ll be nice to you.”
“I am nice to you,” I said.
“Yeah, as nice as an ant is before it crawls into my jockstrap and bites me on the balls.” I grabbed the pencil off my desk and tossed it at him. He caught it easily. “Truth hurts.”
“I’ll make you hurt.” I motioned at his book, and he turned it. “Thanks.”
We were almost finished with class when he asked to use my eraser. I shook my head, needing it myself.
“Claire, let me borrow it,” he whisper-yelled.
I shook my head again.
“I need to erase something,” he said, “and you owe me for telling you the page number. Fair is fair.”
“I’m using it or I would.”
He let out a long exhale, and his chair creaked. Within seconds, I felt an elbow in my side.
I looked to my right and found myself nose to nose with Adam. He grabbed my eraser before I realized it. I yanked it out of his hands and shook it at him. “It’s not nice to take other people’s things. I’ve already told you that.”
“You did, but this is called borrowing.” He attempted to recapture the eraser, but I held it firmly in my grasp. “Really?” he complained. “Are we going to play tug-of-war? I’ll win.” He snatched the eraser from my hand and erased the sentence scrawled on his paper.
“Give me back my private property, or I’ll tell on you.”
“Fine. Tell on me.”
My fists clenched. I had two options: I could either throat-punch him, or I could pay attention to the information on the screen. I’d missed a slide’s worth of notes already. The notes won out.
“Why do you get pleasure from provoking me when there’s fifteen other people to bother?” I asked, putting my pencil to my paper. “Isn’t there someone else you can bug?”
Shannon Klare is a southern housewife, born and raised in Texas. When she isn’t writing or daydreaming new plots, Shannon is a reality TV fanatic and movie connoisseur. Surviving Adam Meade is her debut novel.
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