Entangled Crush’s second release!
The Truth About Jack
by Jody Gehrman
Release Date: 04/14/15
Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she’ll leave behind the artists’ colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.
Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn’t quite go where she expects…
Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota’s letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.
You asked about the three things I love best about Barcelona; I’m not sure I can answer. It is more the overall feel of the place, the aerisfera, which must be experienced and cannot be described.
There’s the scent of churros y chocolate as you pass your favorite bakery, the whisper of sea mist on your skin as you stroll along la playa, the tangerine color the sky turns when the sun sets. There are many more things to love about my native city, but I will leave it there for now.
What sort of weather would I be? I’d be tempestuoso—stormy. I’m not sure it is what I would choose, but it is what I am.
The most memorable thing that’s happened to me on this trip…let me see…that would have to be finding your bottle. The second most memorable was getting your letter, the red one with the fireworks on the envelope. When I feel lonely now, I take it out and study your beloved “yurt.” You draw so beautifully. You’re an artista! Will you draw me something else? Perhaps a picture of your hands?
Now, some questions for you, my inquisitive one: What do you think about when you can’t sleep? If you could go back in time, what year would you explore? If you could choose one song as the soundtrack for the happiest moment so far in your life, what would it be?
Enclosed you will find a botanical illustration of a passionflower. I saw it and naturally thought of you.
I await your letter con impaciencia. Hurry! I will think of nothing else until then.
“Eres linda.” I know enough Spanish to translate that one: you’re beautiful. I put my earbuds in and go back to work, grinning like mad.
Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey’s Guide to Black Magic, Audrey’s Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Betty’s in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association’s Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.
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