The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor, 358 pages
Bettina's father is incredibly strict and Bettina obeys his rules some of the time. She does sneak out of the house sometimes and wears makeup and different clothes that she changes into once she gets to school but she comes home by her curfew and helps out with all of her chores. Near the end of her sophomore year, Bettina meets Brady, who wants to go out with her, and even though she's not supposed to date until she's sixteen, her father approves of Brady and lets her go out with him. Their relationship over the summer is perfect but when the school year starts again, Brady gets moody and sometimes teases her in a mean way, even injuring her sometimes. Bettina isn't sure what to think, especially after she meets a man she calls Cowboy. He helps her, listens to her, and she thinks she might be falling in love with him. Cowboy is too old for her and her father wouldn't approve, and she still loves Brady, or does she? I really liked this book and think that a lot of teen girls would love it, and I have to say that I was surprised by the ending.