From the Inside Flap
Mark is handsome and charming--and has cystic fibrosis. Despite herself, April falls completely in love with him. April says yes when Mark asks her to marry him. But a racing accident aggravates Mark's CF, and April must make a decision that will change the course of her life forever.
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"Go have a good time. But not too good a time."
He stayed for another hour before he kissed her goodbye.
Alone, she felt the gloom return. It would be another couple of hours before her parents would arrive. Stop acting like a baby, she told herself. This isn't like before. You're seventeen now, not five.
She was sitting up in her bed clicking through the TV channels with the remote control when someone rapped on her door. "Come in," she called.
The door slowly opened, and the boy from the rec room stood there. "Hi," he said with a sunny grin.
"Do I know you?" she asked.
"Mark Gianni." He held out his hand.
She took it cautiously. His grip was warm, his palm rough. He was tall and had curling dark brown hair and intense deep brown eyes. But Kelli had been right. He was thin, almost gaunt. "And you're here because...?" She allowed the sentence to trail.
"Because I want you to know that you're the most beautiful girl I've ever seen. And I thought I should introduce myself. I mean, we should get to know each other. Since you're the girl I intend to marry."