by Emma Grey
Date Published: May 26, 2014
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Seventeen-year-old Kat Hartland loathes Unrequited, the world's biggest boy band. Is she the only girl in Sydney who can't be bothered with perfect-looking Angus Marsden?
Give her 5 Seconds of Summer. Now.
Or maybe the seriously-hot med student who rescued her on a train—and who could be Douglas Booth's twin! Perfect formal partner, much?
But when Kat comes face to face with Angus Marsden himself, things start to get complicated. Very. Throw in a deranged female popstar, final exams, a part in the musical and a mum who just doesn't get it—and where is her best friend?
When did life get so crazy? Kat's just an ordinary schoolgirl.
She wonders if all afternoons are like this for people like Angus. No PE lessons. No homework. No uniforms. Someone to clean up after you when you smash insanely expensive lights on the floor.Her eyes drift to the novel lying on his bedside table. Is that Pride and Prejudice?‘What’s this?’ she says, picking it up, turning it over and absent-mindedly sitting on the white sheets of the unmade bed, flicking through the pages. Angus pauses for a second, then sits beside her and says, earnestly, ‘Well, that’s a book, Kat. Do you not have these in Australia?’She laughs out loud and slaps his arm with it. ‘What’s it doing here?’‘That’s my dirty little secret,’ he says, conspiratorially.‘Your dirty little secret is that you’re a closet Jane Austen fan?’He laughs. ‘I’m not joking, Kat. If I tell you this, can you promise not to tell anyone else?’Whoa! Okay. Confessions of a pop star. She tries not to look too eager.‘It’s just one thing from my private life that I try to keep ‘normal’,’ he explains. ‘That’s why I don’t really tell people. I’m enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree. I’m studying by distance through the University of London.’He’s what?‘No need to look so surprised!’She shakes her head. ‘Sorry! I didn’t mean— It’s just not the reading material you expect to find on the bedside table of a pop star.’‘Well, I guess if you don’t ordinarily hang around in pop stars’ bedrooms, how could you know?’She feels hot. And confused.‘You remind me of Elizabeth Bennett a little, Kat. She spends most of that book making hasty judgements about the hero.’ He winks.She doesn’t know what to say to that. He’s right. What she does know is that they’re both now sitting on the dishevelled sheets of his bed. He looks like he’s reading her mind as she twists the hem of her school uniform skittishly.What now? They’re sitting so close. He’s just looking at her, quietly. He’s beautiful. He’s an international sensation. He’s writing music with her. He’s doing a B.A. at the University of London and trusts her with his secret. Is he going to kiss her? Does she want him to?
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Emma Grey has two teenage girls, a three-year-old boy, a couple of businesses and another teen novel in the pipeline. Her first book, 'Wits' End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum' was published in 2005.
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