(I'm the second kind of person. My sister is the first. It's kind of interesting. But I digress...)
In AFTER PARADISE, Jen and Max aren't exes, but they're former high school friends, and Max and Mikayla (the girl he really wants to win over) were *almost* exes, so he's pining over her from way back in high school:
“Think I have a shot with her?” Max asked.
“I don’t know. Is she really what you’re after?”
He thought about that. Sometimes it seemed as though he’d been after Mikayla for so long, the wanting had become part of him. “I had a crush on her all through school. From middle school on up. She was in most of my classes, and she was always nice to me.” He shrugged. “To everyone, really.”
That was the Mikayla he thought of most often, the one who never failed to smile at him in the halls, who asked him for help on her math homework, who beeped whenever she drove past his house in her little red sports car.
“I finally got up the nerve to ask her to prom,” he went on, “and she said yes.” He still couldn’t believe that, even today. “But then she got measles.”
“Oh, my God, I remember that. Half the junior class came down with it, right?”
He nodded. “The Foreign Language club went to Spain that spring break and came back with it.”
“We all had to get the vaccination,” Jen said with a smile. “Remember half the high school lining up outside the nurse’s office? Pat Valentine passed out as soon as the nurse showed him the needle.”
Max laughed. “I forgot that.”
“Aw. So after all that time pining for her, you finally got her, and then she couldn’t go.”
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