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LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her first published novel, Explorer X - Alpha was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories of young people who overcome unbelievable odds. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.
on July 15, 2013 :
This is a great short story for those inevitable down times in life!
Dawn is a bit of a tomboy, and she's kind of overshadowed by her best friend. She doesn't generally mind it, until she meets Tony. At first, she avoids him, too afraid she'll be far too awkward for him to feel comfortable around, as any girl with her first real crush would be. When they finally do speak, they become close friends, and deeper feelings develop from there.
The author really gets into the mindset of an awkward teen, and it brings this story to life. The reader feels her frustration, discomfort, and longing right along with her. It's a bit difficult to send me back into my teen years, but reading this was like living them all over again.
The only minor issue I had with it was that Tony kept trying to push her to change herself a bit. Wear her hair down, wear contacts, etc. I'm not big on others pushing people to change. The only reason it was only minor to me was that, although he WAS pushing her to make those changes, the reader can tell that he is only trying to do so because he cares about her and wants to see her happy. She does have a tendency to hide behind her glasses and such.
Although this story was short, I didn't feel cheated out of a great story. It was all there. There wasn't much filler, and the story didn't feel either empty or rushed, like many short stories tend to. This author definitely didn't disappoint. Beautiful story. I will definitely be rereading it later.
(reviewed long after purchase)