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Chris has a girlfriend! "You're my Prince Charming," she says. And normally he would love all the attention, but this so-called girlfriend is Teresa Johnson, and she annoys Chris more than Tonya does. Teresa simply forced him to be her boyfriend — and he just didn't know how to say no. After all, their mothers are good friends. But after enduring a visit to the beauty salon with Teresa, hearing her discuss their future with his mom, and not having any time to hang out with Greg, Chris has had enough. Now he has ...
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Chris has a girlfriend! "You're my Prince Charming," she says. And normally he would love all the attention, but this so-called girlfriend is Teresa Johnson, and she annoys Chris more than Tonya does. Teresa simply forced him to be her boyfriend — and he just didn't know how to say no. After all, their mothers are good friends. But after enduring a visit to the beauty salon with Teresa, hearing her discuss their future with his mom, and not having any time to hang out with Greg, Chris has had enough. Now he has to put Operation R.O.O.T. — Rid Ourselves of Teresa — into action. Does Chris's plan succeed, or is he stuck with Teresa for the rest of his life?
"I can't believe you missed the game of the season. It was incredible!" I said, as Greg and I walked toward our lockers.
I started reenacting the last moments of the game for him. "Ten seconds left. The Knicks are down by three. Bernard King has the ball. He fakes, turns, and hits a three-point shot." I threw my hands in the air like I'd just made a basket. "All net. Ties the game.
"Two seconds left," I continued. "Knicks have the ball and now they're down by two. The crowd is on the edge of their seats. It's so intense."
"The ball is passed to King. He does a quick fake, runs down the clock, and boom, he lands another three-point shot. The crowd roars and the Knicks reign supreme!" As I released my air ball to shoot the winning basket, I rammed right into the school bully, Joey Caruso. "Oof!"
When I turned around, my archnemesis, the redheaded terror whose life's mission was to torment me, was on the floor. He was stunned. My mouth was hanging open, and Greg looked like he was about to wet his pants. This was not the way I wanted to start my week.
Then, just as I was about to mutter some sort of apology to stall the butt-kicking that would be coming my way, Teresa Johnson ran up to me and gave me a big hug. I managed ahalf smile as she nearly squeezed the life out of me.
What was she doing here? Usually I'd welcome this type of attention from a girl, but this was Teresa Johnson, and I cringed. Since we were children, Teresa has had this thing for me, and I have never been sure why. Maybe I'm some sort of challenge. But she has always followed me around Brooklyn, pops up at my house unexpectedly, and calls me all the time. She definitely tops Tonya in being the most annoying female I know. There are many days when I hide behind garbage cans to avoid her. And I thought I was going to be free from her when I started going to Corleone Jr. High, on the other side of Brooklyn, far away from our Bed-Stuy neighborhood. But somehow she's managed to find her way here, too!
"You saved me," Teresa said. "You're my Prince Charming." Obviously her version of what had happened was quite different from reality. She thought I'd knocked Joey down on purpose.
Then, before I knew it, a crowd started forming around us. Uh-oh. This was bad.
"You saw that guy harassing me and you came to my rescue," Teresa went on. "You were jealous, weren't you? I always knew you liked me. You were just playing hard to get."
I couldn't believe what I was hearing -- and that half the school was hearing it too! Could this day get any worse?
Then a voice came from the floor. "Chris, you're dead meat. I'm going to get you for this." Oh, yeah. I still had to deal with Joey.
Usually I would be up and running by now, but that would be pointless. If I admitted that I hadn't been protecting Teresa, everyone would know that defeating Joey was a fluke. And for the first time, it felt good to be the one in control instead of the other way around. I decided to take advantage of being in the position of power.
"Yeah, sure you're going to get me back," I told Joey in a fake brave voice. "You don't want any more of this." The crowd roared, and I felt like I really had made the winning shot, even though I was shaking inside. I looked desperately over at Greg, and he cocked his head toward the classrooms. It was probably a good idea to move on before Joey got up and called my bluff. Teresa whispered in my ear that she'd see her cute prince later.
I was never so eager to get to class.
During my next three classes, all I could think about was how Teresa managed to follow me to this school. I started to see her face in the strangest places. When I opened my history book, there she was grinning back at me. When I looked at the poster of the planets in science class, there was her face in place of Saturn. When I screamed, Mr. Burke yelled at me. I knew it was a sign of bad things to come.
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Posted April 14, 2011
Chris liked this girl and he started dreaming about her. So he decides to ask her out.She says yes and calls him a prince charming so he says he is in love with her, things weren't working it so they ended up braking up and he was sad and he wasn't acting the same he talked to his dad and his best friend Greg about it and told them how and why he didn't want a girlfriend and then eventually he started to get over her and just been friends and he started to act like himself after that. I really enjoyed the book, first I read the back of the book and it looked interesting so I started to read it and I like it very much. So I read the rest of it.This book is about how a boy dreamed about a girl he likes.I liked the book because the facts about him having his first girlfriend are true and it could teach boys why they don't want their first girlfriend at a young age.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.