November 12, 2013

Burn Book

I hopped off the plane at L.A.X with a dream and a cardigan (this really cute camouflage printed one from H&M). I couldn't wait to get to our hotel and crash. It was 8PM PST, which meant it was 11PM in New York, and I hadn't been able to nap on the plane even though I desperately needed to. You all know how much I hate to fly—hates it, hates it—so I'd taken my anti-anxiety pill right before I got on the plane, and chased it with a glass of wine because the doctor told me I could do that if I still felt on edge and I always still feel on edge. I was feeling all warm and sleepy as we boarded, and fully intended on passing out the second I sat down. I figured Frank would fly business class and I would fly coach, so I was surprised when we were seated next to each other in the pedestrian section of the airplane.

There was no way I could sleep with Frank sitting next to me (what if I snored? Or drooled? Or had a sex dream and said something in my sleep like, 'Ohhh, Ian'?). There was also no way I was renting the movie I really wanted to watch (Pitch Perfect) with Frank sitting next to me because that would be aca-awkward. So I whipped out my copy of The Luminaries (which is riveting by the way) and Frank raised his eyebrows approvingly. If I had to be awake, I could at least score some brownie points with the man.

Frank and I were staying at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which Frank actually had the audacity to complain about. "It's a little run down but it will have to do," he sighed. I have never stayed in a more luxurious hotel in my life but I kept my mouth shut lest Frank think I was some kind of country bumpkin.

I really only had two full nights in LA since we got in so late on Sunday. Frank and I had meetings all day Monday and Tuesday, plus a book reading to attend Tuesday night. The only night I could see Ian was Monday. He had made reservations at one of his favorite restaurants. I asked if that restaurant happened to be called SUR and sadly, it was not.

I slept like a damn rock and woke up at 6AM feeling fan-freaking-tastic. I decided to go for a quick run in the hotel gym, assuming it would be quiet at that hour. Silly me I'd forgotten we were in LA! Every machine was utilized by some woman who looked like a video game avatar come to life. I did some ab work until a treadmill opened up, then banged out three miles before showering and meeting Frank in the lobby for our breakfast meeting with a manager.

"Did you have a good run?" Frank asked when he saw me.

"I did," I said.

"I happened to pop into the gym and saw you in there," Frank said. "I was going to go for a little bike ride before I saw every machine was taken."

"It's unbelievable, right?"

Frank nodded. "Totally different world out here." The bellhop motioned to us that our car was ready. "I like a person who prioritizes their health," Frank said as he strode towards the car. Was that...was that a compliment?

"Thank you," I said, not really sure if that was the right response.

Frank fumbled with the keys and we drove to Nate 'n Al's in silence.

It was a long day, but I loved every minute of it. We met with a lot of high profile agents and managers who represent A-list celebs. Frank had set up the meetings, and I was really just there to take notes, but I was asked for my input on a number of things and I felt like Frank was genuinely interested in my perspective.

Finally, it was time for my date with Ian. I actually do have Morrison to thank for the outfit I settled on—just a white tee, statement necklace, and dark jeans with booties, a leather jacket thrown over my shoulders in case it got chilly. Simple, not trying to hard—every guy loves a form-fitting pair of jeans and a tee, right?

Apparently the answer is yes because when I walked into the restaurant, I saw that Ian was wearing the same thing (minus the statement necklace thank God).

Ian laughed. "I don't know who this is more embarrassing for," he laughed. "But regardless, you look fantastic."

I laughed too. "Ditto."

He gave me a big hug, his hands low on my back, just grazing the top of my butt and I would have been fine skipping out on our dinner reservation and just going right to his place.

"I can't believe you're in my hood," Ian said, as we sat down.

"I can't believe this is where you live now," I said.

"Do you hate it?" Ian asked. "I think New York will evict you if you say you don't."

"I don't hate it at all. But I don't know if I could ever live here."

"I used to think that too," Ian said. "I used to think everyone here was lazy compared to New York. Then I realized, they're not lazy. They're happy."

"That's so funny you say that," I said, "because lately I've been wondering if you have to always feel stressed out in order to be successful."

"I used to be like that too," Ian said. "The East coast conditions you to equate happiness with laziness. It's not true. I actually have a work life balance here. My office clears out at 6, but we still work hard. That was never the case when I was in New York."

"I'd have to ask for permission to leave at 6," I said.

"That sounds awful," Ian said.

I shrugged. "I don't hate it. I like working late. It makes me feel like I'm doing something important and urgent when I'm in the office all alone, even if it is just a stupid book proposal."

"Well, when you burn out you can move out here and be with me." Ian winked, and I thought my uterus would explode.

After dinner, Ian suggested we go to this piano bar he likes. We drank martinis and played footsie under the table for a few songs before he asked me if I wanted to get out of there and hell yes did I want to get out of there.

Ian lived in a very nice apartment building in Westwood. He had two bedrooms even though he lived alone and I just found this unbelievable. "Wait, how much do you pay?" I asked, as I gave myself a tour of his apartment. I realized how rude that was and apologized. "Don't answer that."

Ian had followed me into his bedroom and he laughed. "Another reason to move to LA," he said.

I turned around and smiled at him.

Ian suddenly seemed very aware of the fact that we were standing in his bedroom. For the first time since I'd reconnected with him, I could see the old Ian underneath his newly curated bravado. He looked nervous...shy even. "Do you, uh, do you want to watch a movie or something?"

"Sure," I said.

I followed Ian into his living room and kicked off my shoes before curling up on his couch. Ian picked up the remote control and I could see that his hand was shaking.

Ian has been nothing but confident ever since he reappeared in my life, and that confidence is incredibly sexy, but for some reason, this side of Ian—nervous and unsure—was even sexier. I'm not sure exactly why that was. Maybe it was because it made me feel like he really wanted me, that us sleeping together was a big enough deal that it stripped him of his cool-kid demeanor.

Ian sat down on the couch, as far away from me as he could get. "What are you in the mood for?" he asked.

"Something funny maybe?"

Ian nodded and started browsing through the channels. The Hangover was on and he looked at me.

"Sure," I said.

Ian put the remote control down on the coffee table and settled back onto the couch. It occurred to me that I was probably going to have to make a move if I wanted something to happen. But I didn't know how to slide closer to him without seeming like a mega creep. What should I do? Oh my God, this was so middle school. Finally, I came up with a plan.

"Where's your bathroom?" I asked, even though I'd seen it on the tour I'd given myself.

Ian pointed it out and I got up to use it. I didn't have to pee, so I washed my hands and counted to twenty. When I came back to the living room, I sat right next to Ian. He lifted his arm so I could snuggle up against his chest. Victory!

We sat like that for some time before I realized once again that nothing was going to happen unless I initiated. So I let my hand roam over his chest, again and again. And again. I'm pretty sure the only reason Ian finally kissed me was because if he didn't, he was going to get a nasty case of nipple burn. But whatever, because when he slipped his fingers under my chin and tilted my head up, it was a good kiss. Before I knew it, he was on top of me, hands in my hair and pressing the entire weight of his body into me, and it felt amazing.

"Want to go in the bedroom?" he whispered.

I did! I did!

It's been a while since I've had really sweet sex, and that's exactly what it was like with Ian. Every step of the way he asked me if what he was doing was okay.

When he finally put on a condom and came inside of me he slipped his hand between our bodies and pressed his fingers against me. "Here?" he whispered, and I dug my nails into his back in response.

"I can't believe this is finally happening," he said, nipping my lower lip, pressing his fingers against me harder.

There were no crazy acrobatics, no complicated sex positions. Our history made just plain old missionary intense enough without all of that.

In the middle of the night, I woke up to use the bathroom. When I climbed back into bed and snuggled into Ian, I felt that he was, ahem, very much awake. Without saying a word, he slipped inside of me from behind. He wrapped his arms around my body and held me tight, rocking me back and forth, his breath warm in the nook of my neck.

I woke up to my alarm at 6:30AM. Ian was already in the shower—he'd offered to drive me back to my hotel in time to get ready and meet Frank at 9AM in the lobby.

"Hi," I said, loud enough for him to hear me over the water.

"There's coffee in the kitchen," Ian shouted back.

Coffee sounded good. I climbed out of bed, stopping in front of Ian's dresser to find a t-shirt to put on before I walked into the kitchen. As I was rifling through the t-shirts, I noticed our senior yearbook, buried underneath a stack of sweaters.

"Oh my God," I smiled. I hadn't looked at our yearbook in so long. I pulled a t-shirt on and sat back on the bed, the yearbook in my lap.

There was Ian, looking so awkward and gangly in his photo. I flipped through a few more pages, but some red scribble on Nicole Beddington's page made me stop. Nicole Beddington had been the quintessential babe in high school. She was the star of her lacrosse team, tall and blond with absolutely perfect skin and bright blue eyes. She had a little mean girl streak in her, so we hadn't exactly been friends. Next to her picture was a note, 'Check, 9/3/09'. I wonder what that means, I thought. I continued to flip through and every now and then, and always on a picture of one of the popular girls in high school, was a similar note. On Erika Felding's page, I sucked in a sharp breath. Written next to her picture were the words, 'Check, 2/22/12, total dead fish'. I flipped for a few more pages and found on Tara Hunter's page, 'Check, 7/8/11 and again, 8/15/11, saggiest tits'. I quickly flipped ahead to my page. I thought I would throw up when I saw the words, 'Will happen, 11/11/13'.

I heard the water turn off in the bathroom but I didn't scramble to hide the yearbook. Instead, I just waited calmly until Ian entered the bedroom, his towel looped around his perfectly flat waist.

"Did you get—" Ian cut himself off when he saw the yearbook in my lap.

"What is this?" I asked, my voice shaking. I was dangerously close to crying.

"What do you mean?" Ian asked, innocently.

"You know what I mean," I said. "These checks and dates next to the photos. The note next to my picture—'Will happen', with yesterday's date? Well congratulations, it happened."

"That's not what that means," Ian said, but there was a flush creeping up his neck, giving him away.

"Oh really?" I slammed the yearbook shut. "It doesn't mean that you aren't making your way through every girl who wouldn't fuck you in high school as some sort of sick revenge plan? And writing the most disgusting things about them? What are you going to say about me?" I tossed the yearbook on the floor and started gathering my clothes and my purse. "I thought you were my friend!" I yelled as I stormed past him and into the bathroom.

Ian followed me but I slammed the door and locked it. I got dressed quickly, and dug around in my purse for my cell. I called a cab and gave the driver Ian's address.

"Josie, please open up," Ian said. He was jiggling the door knob. "Let me explain."

"Go ahead," I said. "Explain."

"Please don't make me talk to the door."

I sighed. Reached forward and unlocked the door, letting it swing open. Ian was so big he took up the entire door frame.

He hung his head. "I'm so embarrassed. It started out like that, yes. But then I got to know you. I liked you."

"You already knew me," I said. "We were friends."

Ian looked at me. "Come on, Josie. We were never really friends."

"Yes, we were," I insisted.

"I was your buddy you talked to during swim team practice. You knew I had a crush on you. But you never would have considered hooking up with me."

"I'm not obligated to have sex with you because you have a crush on me!"

Ian slammed his hand into the door frame. "You strung me along."

"By talking to you at swim practice?" I spat. "That's how I strung you along?"

My phone buzzed in my hand and I looked down. It was an LA number. "Hello?" I said. It was the cab driver. He was outside.

"I have to go." I pushed past Ian.

"Wait." Ian grabbed my arm. I glared at him and he let go. "Sorry," he said. "Please. I can't stand the thought of last night," he ran his fingers through his hair, "and then, leaving things like this."

"Even if you changed your mind about whatever this was? What you wrote about those other girls... saggiest tits?" I shook my head, sadly. "Do you know my ex said that to me once? I don't even like to get on top because of it."

"It's inexcusable," Ian said. "I can't even believe I wrote that. I hate that someone said that to you."

I had a lump in my throat as I turned to go. I didn't want to leave like this. But I didn't know what else to do. I'd always thought of Ian as a good guy, a guy who would never have sex with a girl for sport, or say something so ugly about her body. It was like the guy I thought Ian was didn't even exist. And that made me more sad than anything, because that guy? I'd really liked him.

85 comments:

  1. You go girl, more power to you. Love the posts, keep making it juicy!;)

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  2. Ahhh! Crazy good article! Too bad Ian was a jerk, but its nice to get some fresh drama.
    I like J's casual dating and looking forward to what's going to happen with her new boss.
    Love your posts!!

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  3. ohhhh dear lord D: what a tool. he and justin would make good friends, maybe.

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  4. Awesome Posts !!!!!! you got me hook every time, :)...


    Keep it coming, that i definitely will reading tehm :)

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  5. Awe poor Josie!! Makes me sad Ian turned into such an jerk! Can't wait for Thurs!

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  6. Shocked! Jaw dropping! I would have felt just awful. Like some conquest. Even if he has changed his feelings, the yearbook was still out waiting for an update. Actually makes me sick. And I bet real guys have done this. UGH! mum

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  7. Wow. I thought Ian was a decent guy but he just seems like that 'nice guy' getting revenge for all the girls who he thought should've dated him in high school. I'm proud of Josie for walking out. I hope she doesn't go back to him.

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  8. Isn't this the plot to "Just Friends"? I mean, not the Ryan Reynolds character, but the other one? Dorky in high school, hottie after, sleeps with every girl he can? I feel very "meh" about this post.

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    1. Haha yea it's kinda like that, but it's that mixed w/ Law & Order: SVU, because Ian is seriously creepy and I'd honestly be afraid and uncomfortable to be around someone like that ever again.

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  9. God, I would feel AWFUL about myself if I was in Josie's position. That must hurt - there are definitely guys out there who do this.

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  10. How awful. And I don't believe that he felt differently. If he really DID change his mind, it must have been very very recently. Like within the few days before Josie came to LA. Because Josie let him know she was coming to LA only a week ago, so he couldn't have known that 11/11/13 was the date until she told him. So the fact that he wrote the date in the yearbook, means that he was still planning to "check" her off and play her and hadn't really changed his mind this whole time. So I think it's total bs that he's telling her he got to know her and then felt differently about it. Otherwise, he wouldn't have put the date in the yearbook. Jerk. Makes me sad for Josie :(

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    1. You are right! Good catch Sherlock :)

      I get that he had a rough time in high school, he was either bullied or felt invisible (or both) but what he has been doing (for revenge? or to fulfill some fantasy?) is just inexcusable. I do not forsee a return for Ian.

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  11. What a douchebag!

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  12. I personally never liked Ian but didn't expect that either. How terrible. I hope Josie doesn't try to make amends, never looks back on Ian and moves on to a good, fun man. I don't know why and I could be completely wrong but I have a feeling that Frank is interested in Josie. Only time will tell...lol.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about Frank. Lol

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    2. Right? He's into her bad.

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    3. totally thinking the same. and i think Frank would pull off the real shy unsure type beneath the intimidating boss figure. :) S

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  13. So Josie has saggy tits.... one more reason I have no idea why guys like her.

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    1. One guy said that to her, probably because they were annoyed by her or didn't like her or something..

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    2. Out of curiosity, might you be kind enough to provide the other reasons or qualities Josie has that makes her unappealing?

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    3. Why the hell do you read the blog if you don't like Josie anyway?

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    4. To all of the commenters—Hi! I love the LSP commenting community and I value your input, even when you don't like something Josie does. Especially when you don't like something Josie does!

      To the original poster in this thread: Comments such as this one—which do not offer any kind of insight or constructive criticism, and essentially blast the character as a whole in such a vile way—well, I won't tolerate them. If you don't have something interesting to say (doesn't have to be nice! If you don't like something, please, elaborate! I welcome it.), don't say anything at all. And if you find Josie so fundamentally unlikeable, well, I just hit 1 million page views so I'm cool with losing this one. :-)

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    5. ^ Hahaha this is another reason why I love this blog so much! You are seriously amazing Jessica!!! :)

      But really, whoever posted the original comment, it was super unnecessary.

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    6. I concur. Gotta love a woman who stands up for herself and her craft.

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    7. Go Jessica! (And I really liked Ian, which is funny, since I have a tendency to fall for jerks who do this in real life.)

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    8. You go girl! Well I loved this post. Did not see the Ian being a jerk twist coming. And there really is no excuse for his behaviour, no matter what he suffered in high school.

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    9. LMAO!! Want some salve for that burn anon?? mum

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    10. Yeah, I'd say the original comment was pretty harsh. I don't particularly like Josie as an overall character, but I definitely think her stories are interesting! However saggy tits aren't a good enough reason to not like someone.... But this is the internet and we can't expect everyone to be nice. people are way meaner behind a computer screen.

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  14. I like Frank. I don't think he is interested in Josie romantically, but I think he could be a really good mentor for her. He is serious about his career and seems to be serious about hers. I hope the author explores more of a positive influence he has on her. It is encouraging that he talks to her and seems to value her input on issues.

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  15. This was a fabulous post. I like that Jose is experiencing some serious challenges in her dating life because this is what it is like for us twenty-something year old women. There's nothing worse than thinking a guy is one way and learning that he isn't--after you've slept with him! I think Josie learned a valuable lesson here and that is: everyone is not always what they seem.

    Would still love to see more diversity in the blog... Love you, Jessica! <3 Keep it up!

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    1. P.S. :) I love the title of this blog. It's very "90s meets Mean Girls-isque" lol

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    2. Me too! I was disappointed that things with the doctor ended so abruptly. I would love to see Josie tackle "diversity" issues like being in a relationship with a POC.

      I'm surprised there's not even a "token _______ (insert ethnicity) friend".

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    3. I love this blog and I think you're an awesome, talented writer Jessica. I agree with everything you said. I haven't always agreed with Josie but I do like her. I think that we all need to be respectful towards each other's opinions and not make such comments as the original poster. It's ok if you don't like Josie but back it up in an intelligent, respectful manner!!!!!

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  16. I think Frank actually respects Josie as a colleague in the literary world. I foresee drama with him and the old boss when she decides she may not actually want to leave this place!

    As for Ian...I can't say I'm surprised. Most nerds-turned-hotties from high school are ONLY attractive with douche personalities to go with. LOVE the drama, Jess!!

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    1. Agreed with the Frank and William drama. I don't think there's a romantic connection, I think this is a set up to a major decision Josie will have to make.

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  17. This was a great post! I am liking Frank more and more. I still think he's a bit of a stick in the mud but I think he and Josie will actually develop a good work relationship and she will have a difficult decision to make when her old boss is ready for her to work with him.

    I was quite shocked at the turn of events with Ian. I didn't expect that from Ian. I thought Josie handled it very well (I was so glad she didn't cry, I think she cries too much). I was especially irked at Ian for the comment "you strung me along". It bothers me that many guys think that their friendship and being nice to woman means that they are owed something.

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  18. Um, I definitely would have ripped out the page with my picture.

    How sad that this guy is STILL living in high school despite his success. And Josie is right, she didn't owe Ian sex. When did being friendly with a guy equate to wanting to hook up with him? This guy lacks major respect for women.

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  19. Yes, Ian was a jerk and I can totally understand Josie, but one thing was true: He didn't initiate it, and she was the one who had to come close to him. Probably he changed his mind during the dinner.

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  20. Omg.. Sad but great writing!

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  21. Ewww a Nice Guy. Nice Guy's are the worst.

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  22. I agree with the others, great writing. I don't think anyone has expressed this as strongly as I'm about to but Ian is creep central. With this new news... "jerk" is not enough here. Think about it. He most likely had to stalk many of these girls in order to find them again AND then get them to like him enough to sleep with him and then he documents it. This is the behavior of a criminal. Not only does jerk not cover it, but who cares who initiated sex and/or if he's sorry now. Also, why did Josie listen to him for five seconds? The other thing that I didn't understand is the stress on Josie maybe, in different circumstances, having liked Ian. Isn't Josie not interested in a relationship at all? I guess I worry about the underlying tone I sensed here that he is sorry or she could like him because his behavior is beyond unforgivable in that it is downright scary.

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    1. Probably that was the reason he was at the game at the first the place. He was looking for his next conquest (an Josie was the first in his way)

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    2. I totally agree with you. I didn't say it as strongly in my post, but Ian's behavior borders on pathological. It's not funny, it's unhealthy and obsessive!

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  23. Sounds like Ian has a bad case of Nice Guy Syndrome... what a shame, didn't see that one coming.

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  24. clearly the author knows nothing about rent in Westwood

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  25. Is it possible that he DID change his mind though? He didn't try to make the moves on her so....maybe he was trying to spare her but she forced the issue? They are hot for each other and perhaps he was trying to be respectful....IDK....just seeing it from another person's perspective.

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    1. I don't think so because when he was in town with Josie for the reunion, they didn't have sex but he marked the date "11/11/13" so he still had that in mind when she called to say she will be in town and would like to see him. He is an immature person and not very nice. Especially since he never scratched out any of the horrible comments he made previously on other people's pictures.

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  26. that was a fantastic post!

    Renee Marie

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  27. Ok, here's the thing: Josie isn't very good at reading people. She has a tendency to label and box a person after one or two conversations. Her assumptions usually end up her looking bad or getting hurt. The situations with Anthony and Morrison were just plain funny. As with Frank, she shouldn't just assume that his comment was because he's attracted to her. He could just mean that people who prioritize their health are serious about focusing and setting goals. And that's a great trait to have for your career.

    As for Ian, he's a total asshole 100%. She led him on by making small talk at swim practice? Um, no. It's called passing the time until you have to do what you're there to do. He's a jerk, plain and simple. He has a pattern and can't be trusted.

    I do notice that this is the second time someone from high school has turned out to be a jerk. She has a tendency to remember these guys and focus on their HS versions vs their adult selves. She hasn't talked to them in over six or seven years. People change--and not always for the better. You don't know who they really are after one date of catching up. I understand that people want to have sex whenever and with anyone they want to. That is their right. But Josie has to have some accountability for this situation. She kept focussing on HS Ian and not adult Ian.

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    1. I agree, except for the Frank part. I think when she said "was that a compliment" she meant "was Frank finally warming up to her" instead of being so stern all the time.

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  28. Amazing post please dont ever stop i refresh my page 200 times every thursday and tuesday until a new post comes. this is getting so intense and your character is so alive and relatable and real

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  29. I always look forward to your post Jessica! Thank you for keeping us entertained. I think Ian is totally bad news, she was right to walk out. Can't wait for Thursdays post :)

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  30. Totally did not see this coming! WHOA! I expected them to have that hot encounter she wanted and then this happened, he does have Nice Guy Syndrome. No excuse for what he did, and sadly I fell Josie was falling for him, or maybe the fact that he was someone different. Can;t wait until Thursday now.

    PS- Being a current UCLA student kudos on using Westwood as his hometown.

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  31. I am kinda glad Ian is a douche. Hopefully Josie will go running back to sweet, sexy Peter. Team Peter!!

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    1. That's exactly what I was thinking when I read this post toot!! I really want her to realize how good Peter was for her!! Hopefully he will come back at some point

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  32. Whoa! This was such an awesome post, I mean not that I like what Ian did but it really kept the stories on its "toes" shit! This was good, keep it up.

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  33. I love this post! I was tired of reading about ashley's problems I'm glad this one is more centered around Josie. Also, I always got a creepy vibe from Ian. glad he's going to be out of the picture!

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    1. I have a feeling in the near future he will pop back up. Also Josie is going to have to pick between her new boss and her old one very soon.
      I wonder when she'll bump into Peter, hopefully soon.

      I love your blog!! So far it's really good, keep it up! =)

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    2. I hope she sticks with William, they seem to get each other and it works well for them. As for her love interest, Team Peter all the way!

      Thank you for reading my blog! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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  34. I'm sure I'll get slammed for this....but Josie really does seem too perfect to be real. She's beautiful all the guys want her (seriously, when has a guy ever NOT agreed to date her?).
    I like the blog, don't get me wrong. but no one is never, ever rejected or turned down. could we maybe hear about a guy who isn't so into Josie?

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    1. Morrison wasn't into her. then again he's gay.

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    2. Comments like this make me want to bang my head against my keyboard until I pass out. Her long term boyfriend cheated on her and broke up with her to be with another girl, her high school boyfriend slept with her and didn't speak to her for years, Peter wasn't so into her the first time around, Justin did NOT want to commit to her and she made a fool of herself trying to get him to, Anthony went out with her to use her for publicity for his restaurant, Has was completely creeped out by the lie she told him and asked her to leave the party he invited her to, SHE HAS BEEN REJECTED PLENTY.

      This is a two day a week blog post that is ABOUT love and sex. There's going to be a guy in the picture most of the time, and I'm not going to bore you with a story about asking a guy out and him not "agreeing" to date her (what does that even mean? They're getting drinks. Hanging out. This is a reality for myself and friends so I don't understand why it's so hard to believe. No one is professing his undying love to Josie.) I now write this for free, on top of having a full time job and trying to meet a book deadline that is fast approaching. Please, just enjoy it. And if you don't, don't read it and/or nit pick at it. This constant bitching makes me not want to do it anymore.

      Oh, and the whole "Josie really does seem too perfect to be real?" She ISN'T real. Suspend your disbelief.

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    3. It's a STORY. It doesn't have to be totally real.

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    4. So well said Jessica, the idea that Josie is perfect and every man wants her is ridiculous, people are not reading the same blog as I am apparently! You do a fantastic job and people should be one hell of a lot more appreciative than they are!!

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    5. I don't get it. Just like the author said, she has been turned down plenty of times. When I was 25 I never had a guy turn me down for a date. But they did turn ghost when I went spazzy. Haha I love this blog! Don't let these Debbie Downers get the best of you Jessica. For every one of them there are one hundred of us!

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    6. If I may, Jessica, I get where the comment comes from. While this is a love/sex blog, Josie has never been flat-out rejected. It is a break-up, or cheating, commitment issues, or her own fault for omission/lying. Granted this is your job, and an enjoyable pastime for me, so I'm not nearly as familiar with the character, but I can't remember a time where she's tried to flirt with a guy and he's just not interested. For instance, I would love to see how Josie would react if she were out with newly-single Ashley and a guy she called dibbs on went for Ashley instead. Or if she was the other girl in the work triangle.

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    7. I love that even though I said I love the blog, people still wig out. I'm a writer who also works 2 jobs, I know its tough.
      I didn't mean to insult you, just give some constructive criticism. Most writers I know appreciate feedback. I just figured the comments was for feedback of all sorts, not just positive opinions. But whatever, your blog, your choice. Again, no offense meant.

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    8. I'm completely disappointed by the choice that the author has made to attack fellow commenters. I never expected this to happen. There have always been positive and negative comments. It was when she started lashing out at people that took out all the fun of this blog. It used to be a fun read, now it's become a joke. I particularly can't stand that she's saying "I'm doing this blog for free" as if she were doing us a favor. I can't stand this level of snobbiness.
      She asks us to just enjoy the blog. If she hadn't started this mess, we could continue to enjoy it. Honestly, and I know she doesn't care, but I don't even know that I can enjoy this blog anymore knowing the type of person the author is.
      Very sad.

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    9. Well said, Jessica. You really explained everything well and I hope people will leave it alone.

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  35. Thank you Jessica!!! I too get very annoyed by the nit picking and negative comments. I have not posted yet, but have been a follower since the start. You are very talented, and MANY of us appreciate your talent, time and story line; though those happy are less likely to speak up before the Negative Nancy's out there. Thank you again, I truly enjoy a fun read each week.

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  36. I love this blog and Josie's story so much! I look forward to every new post! Keep up the awesome work, Jessica. You're doing a great job keeping everyone entertained. Never mind the people who add their negative two cents to everything. I personally can not understand why someone would spend the time to write out a comment that has a negative message... I was always taught if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Thanks for the good reads :)

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  37. Well said, Jessica! I have read the blog from the beginning and it is amazing. Please keep writing! You're doing all of your followers a huge favour!

    Thanks again for the addicting read!

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  38. Kudos to the miley cyrus, party in the usa reference :P

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  39. I want to thank you for continuing this blog. I have been reading for over a year and look forward to your posts every Tuesday and Thursday. The fact that this blog elicits so much emotion from readers is testimony to your ability as a writer. I appreciate your commitment to us as I am very committed to you! Thanks!

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