TITLE: TRUTH, LIES, AND EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN
GENRE: YA / Adventure
Frost Somers is literally burying her memories of Preston the Heartbreaker when she unearths a time capsule stuffed with blackmail-worthy-Facebook-fodder about a mysterious death cover-up and a map leading to a real buried treasure drawn by a student who committed suicide – one problem: it’s from her parents’ graduating class.
“Maaaaaaaaa!” my voice could shatter ice but, as usual, she doesn’t hear me - ME, her only kid, the only thing that should really matter in her boring, middle-aged life.
“Ma-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a!” I yell out again, stumbling to the floor, books flying, my stupid curly hair sproinging into my eyes and my mouth. I’m sobbing so loud that even my hot tears are afraid to run down my face. I hate that! Dry crying always seems so fake. And I, Frost Somers, am not a fake. Most of the time anyway.
Finally, Mother-of-the-Year, Madison Somers comes running in from the garden … a.k.a. her Golden Child. She rarely raises her voice, says it’s undignified, but believe me when I tell you, she is screeching as she runs toward me. “For goodness sakes, Frost! What’s wrong? The neighbors must think I’m murdering you!”
Lifting my head from the floor, I face her so she can see the actual misery of losing Preston Ring III, the guy I breathe for. “News flash, Mom, they probably think you’re killing me every time they hear you singing in the garden! Trust me! They’re used to weird and disturbing noises coming from this house. Don’t worry about me! Just go back to your precious weeds! I’m sure they’re dying to hear your next off-key chorus of ‘Help Me Rhonda!’”
Ignoring my totally on-target comments, as well as my apparent grief, she plops down on the floor next to me and pats her lap, “Put your head right here and tell me what’s wrong with my best girl.”