For whatever reason, my parents gave me Boy Meets Girl, the sequel to I Kissed Dating Goodbye, to read first. Parents are weird, so I wasn’t completely surprised when they gave it to me. Maybe it was just because it came out around the same time I hit adolescence. Maybe it was because it was more focused on marriage than it was on dating. But whatever the reason, I first read it around the time I was 14 or 15 before I started seriously thinking about boys. Probably for the best.
At 17, I started dating my high school boyfriend. I think a lot of the relationship was down to pheromones attraction because wow did he smell good! But looking back there was definitely some strong love there. We never said “I love you” because, per the rules of Joshua Harris, we weren’t allowed to, but I think we loved each other in the way of high school love. We fought a lot. Looking back I think we were probably just a bit too similar, and our intensities, when they crashed, crashed hard. But it also made us a force to be reckoned with and we knew that after a fight we still fancied the pants off each other […]
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