When “crazy” runs in your family and your namesake is known for walking into a river with a pocket full of rocks, a girl kind of wants to avoid tempting fate at all costs. For Virginia Nichols, the only way to dodge that bullet is to be perfect at everything: school, student council, life. Too bad it’s all a lie, and underneath the perfection...Virginia is lost.
Ryder Blackstock knows a thing or two about being born into fate. The talents passed down from his father aren't exactly normal; instead of learning how to throw a fastball, he was taught to hot-wire a car like a pro and pick any pocket in sight. He’s got criminal blood, just like his old man. And as soon as he turns eighteen, he’ll be living life on the run with his dad.
When Ryder and Virginia meet on the beach, it seems they couldn't be more different. Soon they discover they’re both trapped in their lives—Virginia denying her fate, Ryder embracing his. Like the rocks in Virginia Woolf’s pockets, the weight of their destinies will pull them under. But being together brings out pieces of themselves they didn't know existed—pieces that make them want to take fate into their own hands and rewrite their destinies...if it’s not too late.
Teaser from Ryder :)
Virginia’s walking like some creepy guy is behind her while she’s on a quiet street at night, so I don’t say anything until we get to the car. When we do I look at her from over the top of it, her eyes catching mine as she opens the door. “I can call Shane to come back and get me if you don’t wanna chill.” Because I’m suddenly wondering if I’m who she’s trying to escape. Yeah, she told me to come here but I’m not stupid. I realize that at any second she could decide that hanging out with me is too fucked up. That we’re too different. Hell, I might decide the same thing.
“No…I…I wouldn’t have said to come if that’s not what I wanted.”
Those words somehow knock the breath out of me. I’m usually pretty good at understanding how the world works. I get that Luke doesn’t want to be stuck with me. Shit like that happens. I understand that Dad had to leave. Yeah, the things he does are wrong and no I shouldn’t do them but there’s a balance to the world—people like Virginia and Luke who are smart and have plans and people like me who aren’t all that good. We give people like them something to aspire to be better than, and something to rebel against. Give people like Mr. Miller someone to try and control.
We can’t all be future business leaders of America.
We can’t all be perfect.
Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t know the first way to try.
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