Taryn Young’s plans for an amazing senior year are over before they begin. Grieving the deaths of several of her classmates, she has no intention of taking her late boyfriend's place as student body president. Well, until she finds out who is running in his place. If Chelsea becomes president it means nothing changes. Ideal High remains less than ideal, and Taryn doesn’t want to let that happen. She owes that much to Blake’s memory.
As president, she butts heads with a principal who doesn’t want his school labeled, an "invisible" student who doesn’t want to be rescued, and a student body suspicious of her motives. Throw in a hot cowboy-type, who is totally not her type, and Chelsea with all her angst over the tragic fire, and it’s not long before Taryn is wondering why she dragged herself from the safety of her warm bed where at least she could grieve in private.
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Taryn forced a glance at the fraying pull-down screen behind her and was instantly sorry she had. Whose idea was it to broadcast the super-sized faces of the dead to the farthest shadowy corners of the school’s auditorium? Everybody knew they were gone. Why emphasize the obvious even for the sake of a memorial? And why no rain on this joyless day? Never a goodTexas thunderstorm when you needed one.
Instead sunlight poured through the ribbon of windows high along the back wall and fell across the podium where Taryn stood, making the page in front of her too bright for her to read the first name on the list. She hesitated, knowing it didn’t matter because she knew the list by heart.
When she finally focused through the glare to speak into the microphone, the name echoed across the vast room.
All eyes riveted on the screen as the name and the face went straight to the heart of each student, parent, faculty member, and community leader standing at attention.