My name is Tessa McMullen and I’m the main character in Kristina McBride’s new book, The Tension of Opposites. She roped me into this thing where I have to tell everyone my thoughts on Spring Break. Which is ironic, because I really don’t have any. See, I don’t do Spring Break. Not anymore.
Before Noelle went missing, Spring Break was always the best. It’s kind of pathetic, but you can just think of all the common clichés: fun in the sun, flip flops, coconut sunscreen, bikinis, lying out in the backyard and singing our favorite songs so loudly we’d drive Coop, Noelle’s little brother, totally insane. Add in the latest fashion magazines, trying new things with our hair, plus a touch of shopping, and you have some of the best weeks of my life. But that was before Noelle was kidnapped. Since then, everything has changed.
Spring Break is just about the last thing on my mind. I can’t do it anymore. None of it. One little laugh seems like the worst betrayal because, even though I’d never say it out loud, I’ve been pretty sure that whoever took Noelle made it so she can never laugh again. And I know it might sound stupid, but for all this time I’ve thought that I might be keeping her alive. That if I can remember her well enough, refuse to live a life without her, maybe, just maybe, she’ll come back to us.
The crazy thing is that it worked.
After two years with her kidnapper,
Noelle is still alive.
And she’s coming home.
Okay, so maybe listening to our theme song religiously, refusing to date boys, and isolating myself from everything but my photography aren’t the magic things bringing her home. I’m aware that she’s done some pretty amazing stuff to survive two years with her kidnapper. As much as I’ve tried not to face it, I’m not ignorant. Most kidnapped kids don’t make it home alive.
But Noelle, she’s always been special, seemed to have a little spark of magic inside. And I can’t even tell you how glad I am that she’s coming home. Now everything can go back to normal. Because no matter what they’re saying about her on the news, Noelle will always be Noelle.
The Tension of Opposites, which will be released on May 25, 2010, is Kristina McBride’s debut young adult novel. Kristina is a member of the Class of 2K10. The Tension of Oppositess is available for pre-order now.