Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)
Anna’s dad never took into account the impact his words would have or he would never have told her she was good enough for Ivy League. After he was gunned down in the line of duty Anna made a vow to follow through with her dad’s wish. There was nothing and no one, not even her party loving best friend that could convince her to choose her own path. Everything is going according to plan until Dean shows up and forces her to see that while there are many things you can plan, life is not one of them.
Dean never expected to fall in love. He had a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.
As they both struggle with their lives and try to figure out how to move forward they need to decide if there is a place for each other in their new lives.
It is my favorite time of year. Not because autumn arrived overnight splashing color around the forest. Or the fact that pumpkin spice replaced any lingering memory of sun block. All of that pales in comparison to the bigger picture.
The holidays are around the corner which means the community service opportunities are endless. Since the third grade my only goal in life has been acceptance to an Ivy League school. Community service is one of the major steps in securing my acceptance.
Did you know the acceptance rate at Harvard is eight percent? Eight percent! Not that I necessarily want to go to Harvard but it’s on the list. So as you can see I have no room for error.
While my friends, technically friend, are at the mall I’m going through boxes at the Salvation Army. When the weather warms I volunteer my time to build houses with Habitat for Humanity.
My planner is my lifeline. It is where I keep track of all my volunteer work as well as my schoolwork. It keeps me organized and helps me allocate my time efficiently. Every morning I go over my list for the day. Today’s list is short, but important.
1. See Ms. Kittles to sign up for tutoring
2. Physics test
3. Soup kitchen registration
I’ve been volunteering at the soup kitchen since I was twelve. Barney is expecting me, I’m sure. He runs the soup kitchen and always keeps a spot open for my name.