Years before Trip Wiley could be seen on movie screens all over the world, he could be seen sitting in the desk behind me in my high school English class.
This was back in 1990, and I cite the year only to avoid dumbfounding you when references to big hair or stretch pants are mentioned. Although, come to think of it, I am from New Jersey, which may serve as explanation enough. We were teenagers then, way back in a time before anyone could even dream he’d turn into the Hollywood commodity that he is today.
In case you live under a rock and don’t know who Trip Wiley is, just know that these days, he’s the actor found at the top of every casting director’s wish list. He’s incredibly talented and insanely gorgeous, the combination of which has made him very rich, very famous and very desirable.
And not just to casting directors, either.
I can’t confirm any of the gossip from his early years out in Tinseltown, but based on what I knew of his life before he was famous, I can tell you that the idea of Girls-Throwing-Themselves-At-Trip is not a new concept.
I should know. I was one of them.
And my life hasn’t been the same since.
**Remember When is the first book in an NA romantic comedy trilogy, but there is NO CLIFFHANGER. It is intended for mature teen readers and immature adult ones due to some high school sex scenes, underage drinking, questionable language and 1980s flashbacks.**
Years before Trip Whiley was the “it” A-lister actor, he was just another hottie from Layla Warren’s senior year English class. Trip was the blonde haired, blue eyed, god that just moves into Jersey from Indiana his senior year of high school and makes it with the “cool group” in this school’s cliques. Layla is the somewhat tomboy, but the gorgeous chick of the “cool group”.
From the first day that Trip walks into Layla’s English class with Ms. Mason, Layla is infatuated with him. “Maybe I spent a lot of time thinking about him, so it’s not like he just happened to show up at some fluky moment or something, but I still like to think that I psychically willed him to manifest at that exact moment.
“He was so hot, so completely male in everything he did, from the way he looked to the way he was looking at me.”
She feels the need to downcast her feelings because she isn’t sure he feels the same even though they hang out every chance they get together. Instead of telling him her true feelings, she plays the good friend to him, which she figures is her next best choice. Then after so much time of playing good friend to him, her feelings are hurt by her BFF, Lisa, saying that everyone knows Layla is in love with him. So instead of pining after him anymore she starts to ignore him and sabotage their relationship. So a 6 month gap comes between them as they are barely friends anymore. Layla and Trip meet up at one of Trip’s plays where he is the main star. They end up at a party together and start to rekindle their friendship and their love again starts to blossom from that party.
“The next thing I saw was his face coming closer to mine before his lips offered a sweet, slow kiss on my cheek. Just the small contact was like a lightning bolt through my body, a splash of ice water in my veins. I couldn’t breathe very well at that second, but I managed to catch the warm scent of him, all sugary, and soapy and sending shivers down my skin.”
So the summer begins at the Jersey Shore as to where Trip and Layla are frickin’ finally a couple, hallelujah! They are inseparable the entire summer spending time in Seaside, the Barrens, house parties, wherever.
“He wasn’t even touching me and yet I was completely turned on, my heart racing wildly, every molecule within me threatening to implode. Every touch that wrung a moan from his throat, intensified, every movement of my hand working on pure instinct and the hope that I was doing something right.”
The one thing that is never mentioned is what the hell happens after senior year between the two of them. Layla is set to go to New York for college and Trip is set to take some time off from school to travel the world. They never in those months in which they were inseparable even remotely discussed what would happen with them. The day finally comes when Layla going to New York for school hits them like a snowplow and then he finally admits he loves her in a letter as they leave each other. But is it too late for them?
“Nothing to hide? Okay fine? Here it is. I could be in love with you. There is it. I wrote it I’ll write it again. I really think I could be in love with you.”
“Remember When” was one of my fave books of this year; it was definitely in the top like 20. It wasn’t one of those romantic stories that within 10 days of the two meeting, they fall madly and deeply in love. No, this was a book full of details on the leading up to of them falling for each other which btw I frickin’ love. I hate those stories that within the first like 2 chapters that the main characters are already planning their wonderful, beautiful wedding for the HEA ending. This was a book that utterly consumed me from the first page to the last page. It was not the wonderful, sappy crap love story that ended with a lovey dovey happy ending. Nope, not at all, once it ended “Remember When”, I legit wanted to throw my damn kindle out the window because it was over and I wanted it to continue.
About the Author
T. Torrest is a New Adult fiction writer from the U.S. She has written many books, but prays that only a handful of them will ever see the light of day. Her main audience is mature teens and twenty-somethings, but her stories are geared toward readers of any age that know how to enjoy a good laugh and a dreamy romance.
Ms. Torrest was a child of the eighties, but has since traded in her Rubik’s cube for a laptop and her catholic school uniform for a comfy pair of yoga pants. A lifelong Jersey girl, she currently resides there with her husband and two sons.
She also LOVES to get friend requests on goodreads and facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/TTorres…and personal messages from readers via email firstname.lastname@example.org.