Published by Simon Pulse on July 19th 2016
Harper Anderson always believed she belonged somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take? That’s why Harper is beyond ecstatic when she lands her dream internship as a dating blogger at the elite teen magazine Shift. Getting to spend the summer in New York City to live her dream of becoming a writer? Harper’s totally in.There's just one teeny, tiny, infinitesimal problem: apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a lot of—or, really, any—dating expertise. In fact, she might have sort of stolen her best friend’s experiences as her own on her Shift application. But she can learn on the job…right?From awkward run-ins with the cute neighborhood dog walker to terrifying encounters with her crazed editor, from Brooklyn gallery openings to weekends in the Hamptons, Harper finds out what it takes to make it in the Big City—and as the writer of her own destiny.
Erin has created a new feature, Wish It Were Me, where we discuss a character we’re majorly envious of, and why. First up, Erin has chosen a cool Manhattan-based magazine intern.
Who?: Harper Anderson, teen blogger for the elite teen magazine Shift.
Where?: New York City!
Why?: Aside from my being a wanna-be New Yorker, Harper has a pretty sweet life. After winning a writing contest to become Shift’s teen intern for the summer Harper moves in with her mom’s college roommate, who just happens to live on the Upper West Side in an apartment bigger than my house. Not only that, but Aunt Vee is the kind of godmother who shares her enormous closet full of designer clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories. Practically forcing Harper into them. I would get into them willingly! Excitedly!
She is also the kind of aunt who parties all night, encouraging Harper to enjoy the city while she can. Who hires the frat-boy cute, dork-sweet dog walker, so he can become Harper’s best friend/conscience/love interest. But before she can fall for the good boy, she has a fantastic spree with a hot trust-fund bad boy. I mean please! Sign teen me up.
And sure, her internship is stressful and morally confusing. And it takes her a while to get into the groove of the city, but she has her aunt’s pug to help her cope. And sure, she can be pretty naïve, but pretty soon she has new girlfriends to explain things to her and party with. I tell you, Harper Anderson’s life is the kind a girl can only dream of.
“Come on.” He stretches out the word like it’s a piece of saltwater toffee. “You know that wasn’t me flirting with your friend.”
“Then what was it?”
“That was me flirting with you.” Carter inches closer. “The hot and cold and hard to get. Kissing me, then canceling on me. Ignoring my tweet. You play the game, I play the game.”
The way he says it makes it sound like poetry.…his pointer finger traces a slow line up my bare arm. Then, in a swift movement, he scoops the part where my scalp curves up from the base of my neck in his hands and pulls me in.”