Lexus Breckerson has to “behave herself” this summer if she wants to stay out of boarding school, but her arch-nemesis, Rush Santorini, isn’t going to make it easy.
Lexi Breckerson’s perfect world has three things: chocolate, the father who’s given her everything since her mom died in a car crash thirteen years ago, and gymnastics. Determined to win nationals for the first time, Lexi throws herself into her training, but when her hard work only leads to anxiety and poor grades her father threatens to send her to a boarding school clearly modeled after Alcatraz. Either she proves she’s still in charge of her life or she becomes an inmate.
With summer comes the annual visit of Rush Santorini, Lexi’s archrival since birth. Rush and Lexi have always battled for the title of favorite child, but this year it looks like he’s winning. Lexi’s friends are more interested in Rush than her, and even her father’s coming down on her like never before. Her life pretty much sucks, and not even Rush’s occasional softer moments, like apologies in the form of chocolate muffins, are going to make her forgive him. Unfortunately, they’re spending so much time together that she’s getting to know a side of him that’s slightly less annoying, and maybe even sweet.
But old habits die hard, and when a routine argument ends in an accident that almost takes Rush’s life, Lexi blames herself. Then her father confronts her with the truth about who was responsible for her mother and Rush’s father’s death thirteen years ago, and Lexi’s forced to make a choice. Can she face giving up everything if it means protecting the boy she’s come to love?