HOW TO QUIT YOUR CRUSH
by Amy Fellner Dominy
Publication Date: May 4, 2020
Genres: Entangled: Crush, Teen Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Enemies to Lovers, Opposites Attract, Romance




SYNOPSIS
Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her – no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.
Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.
Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.
Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).
Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).
It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?




EXCERPT
Tucker cups his hands over his mouth and yells, “Pool chicken! Who’s in?”
Something is stuck in my throat. I think it’s my stomach.
Please not pool chicken.
“Come on, guys. If you’re in, you’re in.” Tucker splashes the water to make his point. “Find yourself a partner.”
The level of noise ratchets up as people call to each other and guys move toward the pool.
Josie is watching me. Studying me like a bug under glass. Pool chicken is how this whole ridiculousness with Anthony began. I fold my arms over my chest, projecting a more mature version of myself.
“They should outlaw pool chicken,” I say. “It’s like wrestling in water. Without clothes. People with raging hormones and under-developed brains should not be playing it.”
She nods slowly, still studying me.
“Plus, the whole thing is very awkward.” My voice rises as I warm to the topic. “You have to balance on a guy’s shoulders. Where do you hold on? And just try wiggling around on a pair of shoulders without your suit shifting. If it goes up your butt you can’t pull it out. Plus, it takes more inner thigh strength than you’d expect.”
Josie gives me a pointed look. “I’m surprised anyone would ever say yes.”
“Sometimes people make mistakes.”
Already the group of new girls is giggling as if they know bad behavior is coming.
My gaze searches out Anthony, finding him on the grassy area beyond the pool. His eyes meet mine for one, heated second.Oh Lord. My pulse skyrockets. He pulls off his shirt. S-l-o-w-l-y.
It’s still plenty light out, so I don’t miss a single line of muscle rippling up his abs, his pecs, along his arms as he lifts them to tug the shirt over his head. He turns to drop it on the grass and more muscles flex and shift like they’re calling, Look at me!
“Show off.”
“What?” Josie squints at me. I know because she pulls down her sunglasses to be sure I see. “You’re acting weird, Mai. What’s going on?”
“Nothing.” Two can play at that game. I sit up and pull my shirt off.
S-l-o-w-l-y.
I sneak a look to be sure he’s watching—yes, he is!— fold it carefully, set it on the chair and then slide off my shorts with a few wiggles of my hips. Take that, Mr. Chill. There’s a sudden loud splash. Anthony launching himself in the pool. My smile is smug.Not so unaffected, after all.
Josie sits up. “Oh no. No, no, no, no, no. You said pool chicken was a mistake, remember?”
I set my folded clothes under the chair. “I just don’t want my things to get splashed.”
“Team up, everyone!” Tucker yells.
Anthony pushes his wet hair back, slicking the waves off his forehead with both arms. Water streams down his pecs. I can see other girls watching. Staring. I want to yell at them to unglue their eyes.
Those are my pecs.
Except they aren’t anymore.
There are already six guys in the pool. The two I don’t know have girls already attached to their necks. They’re bikini-clad lightweights. I could knock them off with two fingers. Cooper talks Andrea into joining him. I’m surprised but happy to see Tucker pair off with Jasmine—she crushed on him all spring. Jason calls over a dark-haired girl who’s as tall as he is and looks like she could have serious game. If she doesn’t sink him. Anthony is fielding all kinds of offers. He laughs them off and works his way across the pool. Toward us.Toward me.
I force myself to stay calm. I’ll play it cool. I won’t say yes.
At first.
My heart is reaching speed-of-light territory as he pops up at the edge of the cool deck, not more than a foot away. He looks at me and then…




 



 

ABOUT AMY FELLNER DOMINY
Amy grew up loving to read and figured out at an early age that books were magical and necessary. She started submitting her own stories to be published when she was thirteen. Amy is now the award-winning author of nine books spanning young adult, middle grade, and picture books. Titles for Entangled include Announcing Trouble and the companion novel, How to Quit Your Crush. Amy lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and a puppy who is training them. Visit Amy online at www.amydominy.com or follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @amydominy.




 


 

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