The Perfect Boy

The Perfect Boy

by Hailey Abbott


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Ciara's summer must-haves:

Breezy beachside job

Bright white uber-short tennis skirt

Backstage passes for the B-Dizzy Crew

The Perfect Boy

Ciara Simmons is tired of random hook-ups with lame guys from school. She wants a boyfriend. So she waves good-bye to her wild LA ways and heads to Santa Barbara for the summer. When she sees sexy AJ rapping at a local club, she's sure he's the one! But AJ is only devoted to his music career. So Ciara and her pal Kevin develop a sneaky little scheme to pull AJ out of the limelight and into her arms. But does AJ have what it takes to be Ciara's perfect boy?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060824341
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2007
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Hailey Abbott grew up in Southern California, where she split her time between creative writing and creative beaching. She is the author of Getting Lost with Boys, The Secrets of Boys, The Perfect Boy, Waking Up to Boys, The Forbidden Boy, and The Other Boy well as the Summer Boys books and The Bridesmaid. Hailey now lives in New York City.

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Perfect Boy, The RB/SB

Chapter One

I don't wanna be a player no more
...Big Pun

Ciara Simmons gripped the back of Dougie Hendrick's neck and pulled him closer as his tongue slid inside her mouth. She closed her eyes and breathed in the mixture of sweat and TAG body spray wafting from his skin as the sun beat down on them through the rear windows of his Hummer, which was parked at the edge of the student parking lot at Westwood Prep.

Ciara's mind traced over the past half hour: Dougie had strolled up as she finished cleaning out her locker, shoving a year's worth of old loose-leaf and worn manila folders into a trash bag and carefully taking down the photos of her and her best friend, Em, rocking out at the Black Eyed Peas show and partying on their class trip to Baja. Star of the lacrosse team and headed for USC, Dougie was a hulking blond senior with a small sun tattoo on the right side of his wide, tan neck. Girls loved him, and Ciara had been making eyes at him from across the room in her Eastern Religions elective for the better part of the semester.

As he approached her locker, Ciara waited for the familiar surge of power and excitement she always got when she was about to "land" a guy. She waited through Dougie telling her that she looked good and that he was sorry he didn't get to know her better while he was still at Westwood. He asked if she wanted to check out the sound system in his new Hummer. As soon as his gaze fluttered from her long, dark legs to her twinkling Hershey-colored eyes, she knew that Dougie wanted to touch her. She waited for this to feel good and right, like it always did. Andnow, in the hot backseat of the Hummer, with Dougie's arms around her and his tongue halfway down her throat, Ciara was still waiting.

Ever since her first kiss behind the toolshed at the far end of the soccer field in the sixth grade, Ciara loved smooching boys. She loved the way they smelled, loved the curious, longing way their lips moved, loved the way they looked like they would do anything to keep kissing her once she pulled away. She considered herself kind of a player...she liked having guys around, but once the initial rush of that first heady kiss wore off, she tended to get bored. And lately, the boredom was setting in faster and the rush took longer to kick in. Ciara had always prided herself on thinking more like a guy than most of the guys she knew, but lately it seemed like every guy she made out with was getting more out of the experience than she was.

Dougie's fingers, broad and callused from so many hours cradling the lacrosse stick, began to creep under the soft cotton of her lavender Miss Sixty T-shirt. Ciara pulled back, clamping her hand over his through the material.

"Uh-uh," she warned him.

"No?" Dougie flashed the wide, open grin that had probably worked many times on other girls. But she was already tired of his smile and his need. She was ready to be out of there.

"Sorry, I don't play that way," Ciara said, removing his hand and scooting away from him on the seat. She stretched her arms over her head, then checked the small gold Seiko watch she always wore on her left wrist. "In fact, I should get going. I gotta start packing."

"Oh. Well, uh, where are you off to?" Dougie asked. He sounded disappointed. She could hardly blame him...he probably thought he was going to score a goal, and she was already calling game over.

"Santa Barbara," Ciara said. "My dad's got a place near the beach." There was no reason for Dougie to know her dad had been living in their summer house permanently ever since her parents split up right after Christmas. That was the kind of thing you only told best friends, not casual hookups.

"You gonna be away all summer?" Dougie asked, reaching for her again. The heat inside the car had plastered his blond hair against his forehead with sweat, and his eyes looked puffy in the harsh sunlight. To Ciara, he suddenly didn't look nearly as good as he had standing by her locker in the hallway half an hour before.

"Maybe." She shrugged halfheartedly. "Maybe not. We'll see."

"Well, how 'bout giving me your number for when you get back in the fall?"

"Who knows if I'm even coming back," Ciara said saucily. She had already grabbed her backpack and opened the door. She hopped out of the car and strode across the parking lot to her cherry-red Jetta. As she slid into the driver's seat, her shoulders began to slump. The high she usually got from landing a guy had never materialized, and the faint scent of TAG body spray in her hair was so cloying it turned her stomach. She couldn't wait to get home and take a shower...even though it would take her thick, kinky hair hours to dry.

Her cell rang as she clicked her seat belt into place.

"Where were you?" Em's voice came floating through the earpiece. "We waited for you after school, but you never showed. We're still on for movie night, aren't we?"

Ciara groaned to herself. Movie night used to be her favorite thing in the world: her and Em sharing vats of kettle corn and mooning over Heath Ledger's sexy accent until the wee hours. But ever since Em had gotten together with her boyfriend, Tim, right before Valentine's Day, movie night had become a three-person affair with guns and car chases infiltrating the mix.

"I had some stuff to take care of," Ciara said quietly.

"Oh?" She could hear the skepticism in Em's voice. "Like what? And does this have anything to do with Dougie Hendrick chatting you up at your locker?"

Perfect Boy, The RB/SB. Copyright © by Hailey Abbott. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Perfect Boy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. it didnt have cussing...if any, and was just nice and fun. I'm a SUCKER for books when the best friends end up going out because I'm, like, in love with my best friend, but he doesn't know it. So, I love these books where it actually happens!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i loved this book! its kind of obvious of what is going to happen but it still is a really good book and i think anyone who reads it will really like it!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ciara is tired of the same old boring guys from school. She has always liked to randomly hook-up and be done with it. But now she decides that she wants a real boyfriend.

She leaves her home in Los Angeles to go to her dad's house in Santa Barbra for the summer, and meets up with some old friends at a club. Specifically, she sees AJ rapping (Ciara is the hip-hop/rap queen) and she realizes that he is going to be her boyfriend.

Ciara and her old friend, Kevin, create a scheme to make AJ fall in love with her. But, as predicted, nothing ever goes the way you want it to. AJ is all about his music career, and not about having a girlfriend. So will Ciara be able to make AJ into her "perfect boy?"

Read THE PERFECT BOY, the pool/beach novel of the summer, to find out!

What I really liked about this book was that I had so much in common with the characters. That's how all of Hailey Abbott's characters are like. And I love her for it! Perfect for reading while chillin' by the pool in the 100 degree heat!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely amazing.Ciara is a girl who is tired of hooking up with random guys she knows that she'll never be with. She goes to stay with her father in Santa Barbara and falls in love with a boy her best friend is in love with so she doesn't tell her best friend which then happens to backfire on her. Also,her parents are in the middle of getting a divorce. In the end,she finds out that the boy who has been helping her get the guy she thought she was in love with,was the guy she really loved.In addition to a great plot, i also love the writing style.The author includes quotes from famous celebrities at the beginning of every chapter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was your average teen novel. The main character finds her true love, but finds out that her best friend likes him too. She finally gets to spend the time with him. But ends up going out with her crush's friend. Not exactly the most drama filled book iv'e ever read. But it was okay. So take my word for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really thought this book was great! I deffinetly say read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually got this book as an gift and when i was reading it all i could think was when is somethin super exciting goin 2 happen. There was never a climax in this book. At least not 4 me. I thought the book was ok/good but it was defionitly not the best I have ver read.And im only 13
Guest More than 1 year ago
out of all the books Hailey Abbot has wrote this one was the worst. I appluad her for trying to do something different by making the main character African American, but i think she forgot that the main character was African American. The main character just didnt seem like an everyday realistic black girl. Me being an african american girl, just couldnt see the main character as a black girl. Im not saying that she had to be 'ghetto' but she could have made the main character a little more black. aside from the character not being a realistic black girl the book was BORING. i read it only in a day so i could move on to something else. i was extremely pissed that i spent 10 dollars of my money on this book. i could have purchased something else. i know all her books have to deal with the summer but it would be nice if she stepped outside of the 'summer house beach surfing hookups.' the hookups are nice but the summer thing is getting kind of boring and the same as the other books. PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS BOOK!!!! If u do decide to by a hailey abbot book or read one, read ANYTHING BUT THIS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love every other book by hailey abbott but this one it wasnt as edge of your seat thriling as the other ones!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i totally loved this book ! it was so much drama and fun to read and i totally loved the charecters
Blue_Eyed_Blonde_Reader More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book on a car ride to shop with my mom and I couldn't put it down!! Every time we would get to a store she had to pry the book out of my hands!! Being a highschool sophmore it opened my eyes to how I am and how I tend to be a player!! This helped me to realize that love is out there and not to give up hope when something doesn't go right with one guy!! This book was really good and I can't wait to read more of Hailey Abbott's books!!