Undercover by Beth Kephart

By Beth Kephart

Like a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac, Elisa ghostwrites love notes for the men in her university. but if Elisa falls for Theo Moses, issues swap speedy. Theo asks for verses to courtroom the stunning Lila—a lady identified for her attractiveness, her attractiveness, and a slicing skill to remind Elisa that she has none of those. At domestic, Elisa's father, the single individual she feels is aware her, has left on a longer business journey. because the days develop shorter, Elisa concerns that the more and more pressing letters she sends her father will not convey him domestic. just like the secret agent she feels she has develop into, Elisa retreats to a pond within the woods, the place her expertise for ice-skating provides her the arrogance to come back out from below conceal and take heart level. but if Lila turns into jealous of Theo's friendship with Elisa, her revenge approximately destroys Elisa's ice-skating goals and her plan to reunite her relatives. nationwide booklet Award nominee Beth Kephart's first younger grownup novel is a beautiful debut.

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See! how the poor heart can mock its own emptiness,” said Cyrano. Said I. 53 XI 11 I T SNOWED, and it snowed. I could hear the crystal flakes knocking around inside the whistle of the wind. Downstairs Jilly was warming herself by the glow of the TV and Mom was on the phone nearby. She’d gone five steps up in the stairwell so that she could speak in so-called private, forgetting—it was just so like her—that I was lying on my bed, eight straight-up steps above her, my bedroom door flung wide enough to hear.

Think how you wrote, how many, how they grew from beauty into beauty. And I did say that, I got myself through “beauty into beauty,” but beauty is a hard enough word to own when you look the way I do, a hard 42 enough word to deliver in such a way that your classmates to the front of you and your classmates to the left of you will hear it and be persuaded. “Again, Elisa,” Dr. Charmin interrupted. ” Lord, I thought. And sucking in enough air to blow a grandparent’s birthday candles out, I repeated.

Lila. I practiced Theo’s note in my head. Have you ever watched a leaf leave a tree? It falls upward first, and then it drifts toward the ground, just as I find myself drifting toward you. 24 6 T HREE WEEKS AFTER I gave Theo the Lila note, I saw them walking down the hall with their hands laced tight together. She was bending toward him, murmuring something, and he was earnest beyond earnest, leaning just so close and listening. You’d think each stand-up-straight hair on Theo’s head was an antenna.

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