Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Use cash and keep moving.
After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.
West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.
The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love…
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My lifeline, is gone. It’s all me now. The rest of
this is up to me. I look at myself in the mirror. I look scared,
yes, but elated, too. And it’s the elated that bolsters me for
the rest. Taking the scissors, I hold out a long clump of my
Your hair’s so pretty. So long. Never cut it.
Clenching my jaw, I put the scissors all the way at my
chin and whack it right off. With it, a harsh laugh escapes me.
I hold the long blond chunk out in front of me, and a tiny
smile creases my lips. If this is what rebelliousness feels like,
no wonder Gideon is so afraid of it.
I cut the rest of my hair all the way up to my chin and
tear into the red dye. I stay in the handicap stall for thirty
minutes. Someone comes in to use the one beside me, and
then leaves. I spend my time staying as still as possible, like
even if I move somehow Gideon will know it. Finally it’s time
to rinse the dye out, and as I do I hear the announcement for
my bus to Boston.
I shove everything in the garbage, and I wedge a baseball
hat over my wet head, grab my duffel and guitar, and hurry
across the brightly lit station and out into the loading bay.
I don’t think I breathe the whole time. And I don’t lift my
head, but from under my cap my eyes flick back and forth
across the area. Scanning. Scanning.
“I.D. and ticket,” the driver says.
With clammy, shaky fingers I hold out both, and he
takes them. If he notices my unsteady hands, he doesn’t
mention them. Then he’s waving me on, and I’m boarding.
I find a seat half way and tuck in, lowering my cap even
farther and surreptitiously staring out the windows. One-by-one
people continue to board and I don’t make eye contact
with any of them. An elderly gentleman sits down beside me
and proceeds to fall asleep.
Eventually, boarding is done. The driver takes his seat.
And slowly, we pull away. As we do, I take what feels like
the first breath I’ve had.
My new name is Eve, and as of this
moment, I’m officially a runaway.
Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of the teen spy series, The Specialists, and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began. She also writers thrillers under S. E. Green. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.
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