Guest Post: The Reality of Leaving Home by Cassie Mae #Flirt
The first year out on your own sort of kicks you in the butt. I think the best way for me to show this, is by sharing a letter from a freshman friend to another, a few months after moving away.
I swear, if I have to eat another box of Suddenly Salad, I’m going to grow into a noodle. Why can’t steak cost sixty-eight cents? I’d call home and beg for money, but I did that yesterday. Used it to buy milk and Tylenol. Because that’s healthy, ha!
I actually need the pain killers because these classes are killing me. Also… I’m not sure if my math professor even knows my name. He keeps calling me Kelly. “Good work on your last test, Kelly.” “Make sure the quadratic is correct here, Kelly.” “You’re late again, Kelly.” It took me three days to figure out he was talking to me, so, I can’t exactly correct him now.
Have you been to any good parties? For some reason, I thought college was supposed to be full of them, but either I’m not getting the memo, or that was a bunch of crap they fed us in high school. I did go to one, though. Some guy barfed all over Tammy’s (roommate) new Converses. She was pissed! But then she got over it when his best friend came up and cleaned her off, and they ended up in one of the rubber-band rooms. Actually kind of cute… he bought her coffee the next morning and they’ve been attached ever since. I’m kinda lonely though, even if I never actually “bonded” with my dorm mate.
There is this guy in my Creative Lit class though. I have to send you a picture because talk about gorgeous. I’m still sort of getting over Skyler though. When will the high school sweetheart leave my brain so I can land a college man?
Anyway, I’ve got to go get laundry done. I’ve packed a book, but I think I need two, because I’ve put laundry off for so long, I’m sitting here in my gym shorts and tank (no bra) because it’s the only set of clothes I have that aren’t dirty. Maybe I can call Creative Lit guy up here to help me lug it all to the Laundromat.
Hope things are going well! I miss you every day. I miss home. But I like it here too. Just need to get a hold of my footing. Give Elise a hug for me.
I think the one thing I missed most when I moved out, were my friends and family. Dealing with a new life, new environment, new school… yeah, I wanted my best bud. Which is why I wrote SWITCHED about friends in college. Because when you’re going through all this, your friends become your family.
What was your first year away from home like?
About the Author:
Cassie Mae is a full-time writer and mother from Utah. She loves being glued to the computer, thinking up new stories, and writing the day away while the kids run wild at her feet. When she finished her first novel, she started a blog that now gets more than five thousand hits a month. Her group blog is also dedicated to reaching out to aspiring authors by providing critiques and other marketing tools to help them succeed in the industry. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.
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Cassie Mae redefines the New Adult genre with a novel that answers the eternal question: What do you do when you’re head over heels for your best friend’s guy?
Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.
Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should. But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.
With her fresh, charming, and hilarious take on New Adult romance, Cassie Mae introduces readers to a soon-to-be college freshman who’s cashing in on her sweet reputation—and the unlikely guy who turns her life upside-down.