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Ever wonder how often Brad Pitt’s high school girlfriend must ponder jumping off a bridge? Ever think about the girl that had her hooks in George Clooney before he took off for TV stardom? How about Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex, or Johnny Depp’s first groupie, or any number of young women who got left behind when their boyfriends set off for greener pastures and eventually achieved unfathomable Hollywood fame?
My name is Layla Warren and I don’t need to wonder about any of those things. I already know. Because years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.
This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.
In case you live under a rock and don't know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.
And not just to casting directors, either.
I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.
I should know. I was one of them.
And my life hasn’t been the same since.
Layla is part of the popular crew. She used to be a tomboy but her best friend turned her into a hot girl. While in her English class a new kid arrives. He is nothing that any of the girls expected. He is smoking hot. Trip has been moving all over the place because of his father's job. They finally decide to settle in New Jersey.
Trip's smile can melt any girl into a puddle. He's funny and confident. He draws everyone's attention no matter what he may be doing. He is automatically drawn into the popular crowd but becomes friends with just about everyone. When he is partnered with Layla for a English project on Shakespeare, he decides they should make a movie.
Layla falls completely in love with him. They spend every spare minute together and even start working together but he begins dating the hottest girl in town. Layla thinks she can't compare and out of her league so she thinks she has no chance with him. She decides not to go to homecoming after a fight with her best friend. Trip shows up at her house and right when she thinks he might confess his feelings, they get interrupted. Layla over thinks what Trip had in mind and pushes him away. Months later she goes to a play where he is acting. They hit it off again and begin to spend every minute together but this time around they don't hold back.
This book was cute in that teenage love kind of way. Layla was definitely immature but she definitely went through the growing pains throughout the book. With her mom abandoning her, it impacted her life in every way. I love that even though her mom left she still stayed close to her dad and they were close. Her confident issues were definitely seen throughout the book. I always felt like she wasn't being true to herself but Trip brought the real her out.I absolutely love Trip. He was adorable and funny. He was the kind of guy that every girl wished they had when they were in high school. Even though his home life wasn't great, he didn't let it bring him down.