Authors: Meg Cabot
Ready or Not
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Pants on Fire
Nicola and the Viscount
Victoria and the Rogue
The Princess Diaries series
The Mediator series
Avalon High series
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I didn’t want to sit by those boys! I didn’t want to sit anywhere near them!
But now it looked like I was going to have to. Because Mrs. Hunter asked me specially. And she smiled when she asked and said she thought I’d be a positive influence.
Which basically meant she thought I’d be just as good as Rosemary at pulling Patrick down off his desk.
I didn’t want to say yes. But I didn’t really think Mrs. Hunter had given me much of a choice. If I said, “No. No, actually, I don’t want to move to the back row with Rosemary and those crazy, bad boys,” I would just look like a really selfish person, and that wouldn’t help the new girl at all.
And then Mrs. Hunter wouldn’t think I was a joy to have around the classroom anymore.
And I knew how hard it was to be new. I knew better than anybody.
So I said, hoping my tears weren’t showing, “Sure, I don’t mind moving.” Even though this was a complete and total lie.
It’s okay to lie if the lie makes someone else feel better.
That’s a rule.
Mrs. Hunter smiled at me really big when I said this and went, “Oh, thank you, Allie. I knew I could count on you. I’ve already had Mr. Elkhart set up a desk for you between Stuart and Joey. Would you mind moving your things now? Because Cheyenne will be coming any minute.”
Cheyenne? Who was Cheyenne?
Then I realized Cheyenne must be the New Girl. The New Girl who was coming from Canada to take my perfectly nice old desk next to Erica, forcing me to sit between disgusting, zombie-drawing Stuart and sleep-encrusted-eyed, barking Joey.
I wanted to throw up. That’s how grossed out I felt by what was happening to me.
Actually, I didn’t even want to throw up. The truth was, I wanted to cry.
But I knew I couldn’t be a baby about it and cry in front of Mrs. Hunter, who was so nice and told my grandma I was a joy to have around the classroom. Joys don’t cry just because they have to move to sit between two boys. Even two disgusting, totally gross boys who don’t bathe.
So I said, giving Mrs. Hunter the bravest smile I could manage, “Sure, no problem.”
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