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6 Times We Almost Kissed (And One Time We Did)

Penny and Tate have always clashed. Unfortunately, their mothers are lifelong best friends, so the girls’ bickering has carried them through playdates, tragedy, and more than one rom-com marathon with the Moms. When Penny’s mother decides to become a living donor to Tate’s mom, ending her wait for a liver transplant, things go from clashing to cataclysmic. Because in order to help their families recover physically, emotionally, and financially, the Moms combine their households the summer before senior year.

So Penny and Tate make a pact: They’ll play nice. Be the drama-free daughters their mothers need through this scary and hopeful time. There’s only one little hitch in their plan: Penny and Tate keep almost kissing.

It’s just this confusing thing that keeps happening. You know, from time to time. For basically their entire teenaged existence.

They’ve never talked about it. They’ve always ignored it in the aftermath. But now they’re living across the hall from each other. And some things—like their kisses—can’t be almosts forever.

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About the Author

Born in a mountain cabin to a punk-rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a growing colony of feral cats. You can find her on twitter @sharpegirl.


From NOVL Nation

“This achingly beautiful book brings to life not just a romantic love story, but also two very unique characters whose respect and care for each other goes far beyond the majority of young adult romances. Tate and Penny are committed to each other long before they realize they are in love. They are the kind of friends one would want in times of crisis and joy. This is not only a book that I would recommend for lovers of young adult romance… This is a story for anyone who has ever loved, lost, or struggled. It is truly a story for everyone.”

–Leah, Teaching Social Justice with Children’s Books

“Tess Sharpe knows how to write broken, complicated characters to the point that I felt like she ripped my own story from the depths of my soul!”

–Toya, @thereadingchemist