Monday, February 9, 2015

Loraine Despres, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc

Sissy wasn't really beautiful, but men never noticed. With her deep green eyes, her shoulder- length auburn hair that swung when she moved, and the way she moved as if she enjoyed just being inside her body, men had always paid her lots of attention. But then, Sissy thought, it's not what a girl looks like that captivates a man.  It's how hard he has to work for her. A smart girl makes a man sweat. She decided to make that rule number 16 in The Southern Belle's Handbook, which was what Sissy had ironically titled that compendium of helpful hints and rules her mother and grandmother tried so hard to instill in her. Her mother had wanted her to grow up a gracious southern lady. Her grandmother just didn't want the (jerks) to grind her down. Sissy had added to it over the years, until The Southern Belle's Handbook became her personal credo. She kept it in her head, assigning numbers at random, but then Sissy always had a random relationship with numbers.

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