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Turning Seventeen #7: Secrets and Lies


"I know something awful is happening and I know I should tell someone about it. I just don't know if I can." — Maya

Kerri, Jessica, Maya, and Erin. They're ready for life. They're ready for love.

They're Turning Seventeen...

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"I know something awful is happening and I know I should tell someone about it. I just don't know if I can." — Maya

Kerri, Jessica, Maya, and Erin. They're ready for life. They're ready for love.

They're Turning Seventeen...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064473187
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Turning Seventeen Series , #7
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

The authors of the first four titles in the fiction series—Rosalind Noonan, Wendy Corsi Staub, Christa Roberts, and Elizabeth Craft—are all expert series writers with a variety of successful teen projects behind them.

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Chapter One

"Home alone the R-rated version! my friend Kerri Hopkins declared, sprawling out on my carpeted bedroom floor. "I can't believe it. We're actually going to have the castle totally to ourselves? For an entire week?"

"The castle" is what my friends and I call the minimansion I live in with my dad, partly because the landscaping makes it look like it has a moat surrounding it, and partly because the place is just so huge.

It was Sunday afternoon, and my dad was going away on a campaign trip tomorrow. He was running for lieutenant governor of Wisconsin--and for reasons I couldn't quite figure out, he was actually going to drop his overly protective thing and trust me enough to stay home, unsupervised, with my three best friends--Kerri, Jessica Carvelli, and Erin Yamada--for an entire week!

We were all seniors at South Central High, so why shouldn't we stay on our own? I had argued, and amazingly, Dad had agreed.

"This place is ours," I said, "starting tomorrow. So what do you want to do first? Plan the party? Or pick out Kerri's clothes for her photo shoot?"

"Par-ty! Par-ty!" Jessica chanted with a devilish grin, swinging her wavy brown hair back and forth.

"No way!" Kerri disagreed. "I need fashion help, and fast. I bought some stuff a while ago, but it's not working for me anymore. And I've got to be ready for the shoot tomorrow afternoon."

Kerri pushed her long blond hair over her shoulders, which is what she always does when she's nervous.

Wow, I thought. How can she be nervous about having her picture taken? Kerri was drop-dead gorgeous. With her silky blond hair, awesome body, and blue eyesframed by thick dark eyelashes, she was my polar opposite. I have long dark hair, brown eyes, olive skin, and a wide, full mouth. In other words, I'm okay-looking-all of my friends arebut none of us have ever been mistaken for supermodels. Except Kerri.

"Please, Maya?" Kerri begged me. "I've got to look perfect for these pictures. If they turn out well, I might actually be able to get some work modeling."

"Relax. Stewart thinks you're a natural," Jessica said. "He says you'll probably be doing catalog work before we graduate."

Stewart was a guy Jessica met at the University of Wisconsin when she started taking classes there. Jessica is the overachiever among my friends. She goes to South Central in the mornings, then takes classes at UW in the afternoons.

She did a video project for her college class, and we were all in it. When Stewart saw it, he went nuts for Kerri. He wants to be a photographer, so he decided he needed to shoot Kerri for his portfolio. He offered to do her 8 x 10 head shots in exchange for getting her to model for him. This could really be her big chance.

I flung open the door to my huge walk-in closet. "Take your pick," I told Kerri. "Mi ropa es su ropa."

"What did she say?" Kerri asked, turning to Jessica for a translation.

I giggled. It was kind of fun using Spanish once in a while. Even though my dad is American, I grew up hearing and speaking Spanish because my mom was from Argentina.

"She's flaunting her South American heritage," Jessica explained. "She said, 'My vast and expensive wardrobe is your vast and expensive wardrobe.'"

"I did not!" I complained, punching Jessica for adding her own editorial comment.

Okay, I do have a vast and expensive wardrobe. So what? I still wear jeans and sweaters half the time.

Jessica started checking out my closet. "How about these?" she suggested, holding up a pair of black leather pants. "They'll definitely make your butt look great."

"I like the sound of that," Kerri said, grinning and grabbing the pants.

"Uh, hello?" I said, clearing my throat. "It's a head shot, remember? Your butt isn't going to show!"

"Who cares?" Jessica said with a laugh. "She'll know she's wearing them, and that'll show on her face. Am I right?"

Kerri nodded and held the pants up against her body to see how they'd fit. We were about the same size in the waist, but Kerri was taller. The pants looked iffy.

"Okay, how about these?" Jessica suggested, pulling a pair of velvet pants out of the closet. "These are longer, since Maya hasn't shortened them yet. And ooh--this top would look so awesome with the pants." She pulled out a lavender cashmere sweater. It was so new the tags still dangled from the sleeve.

Kerri took it from her. "Oh, you haven't even worn it yet," she said to me, starting to hang it back up.

"No, try it on," I urged her. "It'll look great on you."

"Are you sure?" Kerri hesitated. I mean, I hate to wear your brand-new stuff."

"In case you haven't noticed, half of her wardrobe is brand new," Jessica joked.

My face flushed red. It was true--my father was really generous. He let me buy whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted it--probably because he hoped it would somehow fill the giant gaping hole in our lives that was left when my mom died from cancer two years ago.

Not that my dad was unfeeling or anything. Not that he thought clothes could replace Mom. He just tried too hard sometimes.

Kerri slipped into my marble bathroom to try on the blouse and pants, and Jessica flopped on my queen-sized bed. I stuck a new CD in the player and turned it on softly. Not too loud. My dad wasn't gone--yet.

Jessica leaned back against my headboard, grooving along with the music. "So who should we invite to our party...

Turning Seventeen #7: Secrets and Lies. Copyright © by Christa Roberts. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    so cool u just can't resist it

    it was so good! Black mail secrets revealed and modeling jobs. These girls seem to have it all under control before but can they handle the new pressure put on them? Read it and see for ur self!!

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