Welcome to ‘Everybody reads YA’ #SundayBlogShare.
Today I’m posting an excerpt from my contemporary teen novel And Alex Still Has Acne which features two teen boys, Alex and Sam, and Alex’s younger sister Nicky, as they come to terms with alcohol, anorexia, adoption – and other stuff starting with other letters of the alphabet. Oh, and acne.
“Well, what now?” asked Alex after a while, as he wiped cheesy smears off his shirt with the inside of his blazer.
“There’s no more food I’m afraid.”
“No, stupid, I meant what now about tracking down your mum.”
“Oh. I’m not so sure it’s a good idea after all.”
Alex looked at his friend exasperatedly.
“You can’t pack in now – we’ve hardly started. And shouldn’t you be more worried that she wasn’t in any of the places you expected, rather than less?”
“Course I’m worried – just don’t know what to do for the best.”
“Well,” said Alex, looking meaningfully at the mobile phone tucked into the corner of the table. “You could check her messages again.”
Sam raised his eyebrows. “You’ve changed your tune.”
Life for fourteen year old Alex is OK most of the time. He enjoys school, has a best friend Sam, and a pretty and only mildly irritating younger sister, Nicky. But then Sam starts acting strangely, and so does Nicky – and both insist on sharing secrets with him and making him promise not to tell anyone. Then Nicky goes missing and only Alex feels he knows where to find her. But is Sam anywhere around to help?
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