“spin the bottle”
a pact to always stick together in high school
the first party at the lake
“hey, we should play spin the bottle,” she said
and so it all began
the beautiful girls, so sure of themselves
they could get anything they wanted
the gorgeous boys, so funny and tan
one look, one smile, they totally had you
losing old friends, making new ones
love at first sight, the boy of my dreams
everyone called us “really good friends”
he didn’t know i wanted so much more
summers of sun, cedar point
laying out, more parties at the lake
best friends with the boys of their dreams
charming boys who said all the right things
i had that gut instinct all along
told me it was just too good to last
but i ignored it and
fell harder and harder instead
another summer, i hate her so much
she has everything i want
another pact, shots of captain, a new boy
i feel like a bad girl and i love it
something tells me to stop, we’re going too fast
but i’m way too caught up to listen to that too
another school year, i still hate her
and he’s so confusing, sometimes i hate him too
lonely nights, don’t know what to do, everything’s wrong
then finally back to good or better
but back to the same lies too
crazy parties, hot dates, basketball games
screaming so loud, losing my voice
i love being so mean to the other teams
we were all so invincible
well-played games, better-told lies, best-kept secrets
if only we’d had any idea
funny how a moment of realization could change everything
i feel like things meant so much less to him than they did to me
i guess maybe i never knew him at all
and she still loves him, she says she knows it’s right
and i still love him, but i feel like it’s wrong
how did we end up here?
looking back we never would’ve said
that pact would only last a month
it’s been so long, we’ve come so far
it’s almost done, we’re almost gone
it’s so crazy to think about
please don’t forget me, don’t forget what we are
i’ll remember you, and i’ll remember the scars
and now it’s that morning, time to leave
and everything i lost is yours to keep
This poem, “Spin the Bottle,” appears throughout my Spin the Bottle series, with a different part of the poem at the beginning of each book. I wrote it to try to capture what Spin the Bottle is all about…the emotions of high school. The relationships, the friendships, the self-discovery. The parties, the boys, the classes. The peer pressure, the tears, the romance.
People always ask me which of my books they should read first, and since Spin the Bottle encompasses the first 4 of my books chronologically, it’s always a good place to start. There’s one book for each year of high school, and they go in the following order:
Really Good Friends
Wrong All Along
I thought it would be fun to introduce some of the main characters so you can get to know them!
Jill Sherer is the number one main character of the series. Most scenes are told through her perspective, and her storyline gets the most space on the pages. At the beginning of Really Good Friends, Jill is about to start her freshman year of high school. She is somewhat shy around new people and hasn’t had a ton of life experience, but she has a solid group of girlfriends, or so she thinks. A couple of them are in a major hurry to leave their eighth-grade selves far behind, and within a month one of them will basically be out of Jill’s circle of friends for good. But Jill is about to meet two people who will still be part of her life in the book I’m working on now, which takes place 12 years after Really Good Friends. Jill is the character readers often say they relate to most. She’s the good girl who’s dying to be a little bit bad, and her relationship with Todd over the years is a pretty great love story, or so I hear. If you like to scream and pull out your hair in agony, that is. 🙂
Hillary Andelin has been Jill’s best friend since pre-school. She is boy-crazy and becomes even more so when she gets into a fast-moving relationship with a cute boy near the beginning of freshman year. Hillary has a tendency, especially as she gets older, to say exactly what she wants when she wants, which sometimes irritates Jill but is sometimes just what’s needed in a situation. Her friendship with Jill has many ups and downs throughout the series, and Jill often goes back and forth in her mind as to whether Hillary is truly a good person or a friend worth having.
Lorylyn Porter is Jill and Hillary’s other best friend. If Jill is a little shy and naïve, Lorylyn is even more so. She’s cute with a bubbly personality, and she is shocked by a lot of things she discovers about “the real world” during her freshman year. She falls hard and fast for a boy she meets at a lake party, and even though she’s innocent to the extreme, this boy seems to like that about her. Her relationship with him is one that will lead to the best and worst times of her life, shape who she is to become, and continue to affect her well beyond high school.
Hilton Joliet went to a different middle school from Jill, Hillary, and Lorylyn, and she’s the popular girl Jill looks up to from the day they meet. Hilton is gorgeous, confident, and laid-back, not intimidating or a bitch like some of the other girls. And she seems to know everything there is to know about guys and how they think. As freshman year begins, Hilton becomes one of Jill’s new best friends. Hilton is outgoing, free-spirited, and a loyal friend who manages to be a girls’ girl and one of the guys at the same time, someone who can look at any situation realistically and still be a romantic at heart.
Landon Kessler is a year older than Jill and her friends, and his parents own a cottage on a lake outside town, where he throws outrageous parties that bring all the characters together and lead to hookups, breakups, makeups, love, and disaster. He’s also the longtime crush of one of the girls mentioned above, and he’ll play a pivotal role in all their lives.
Todd Blake is the boy with the surfer hair whom Jill meets on the first day of high school in advanced English. For Jill it’s love at first sight, and for Todd it’s the beginning of a fun new friendship…when he notices her a few days later. Their complicated relationship over the years is poignant, maddening, hilarious, heart-wrenching, and everything in between.
Brady Cash is Landon’s best friend and has a sort of “bad boy” air about him. He’s a flirt, he’s a partier, and he’s a dream guy to a lot of the girls around him. He knows exactly what he wants, and he usually gets it, even when it’s more than one girl at the same time. He’s a heartbreaker in one breath and a romantic in the next, the guy who says all the right things at all the right times…until it comes back to bite him in the ass.
Brooke Carlson is a popular cheerleader who’s not afraid to speak her mind or go after the guy she wants. She’s the life of every party and at the center of most drama. She’s fun to be around until she takes the fun too far, usually in the form of a blindsiding stab to somebody who’s wronged her or one of her friends. A self-described bitch, she’s somebody whose bad side you don’t want to be on. But deep down, she’s a girl who’s been hurt by a boy she loves, just like everybody else.
At the end of the series I wrote another poem, or really more of a paragraph. Unlike the “Spin the Bottle” poem, which is more about what happens in the series, this one is more about the characters, and it captures their spirit and the spirit of the books. It goes like this, and it’s how the series ends (don’t worry, no spoilers!):
We sang at the top of our lungs and screamed at the top of rollercoasters. We stayed up all night and stayed out on the lake all day. We could dance like crazy and we could outdrink anyone. We talked fast, drove faster, kissed with passion, and lied without a second thought. We hoped for the best and were shocked by the worst. We crashed hard and bounced high. Our voices were loud, our laughs wild, and our dreams big. We were scared as shit and smart as hell. We owned our world, and we looked good doing it. We craved thrills, we rolled the dice, we demanded attention, and we loved with all we had. We lived to play, we played to win, and we almost always did.
You can learn more about Spin the Bottle here: http://daisyjordan.com/spinthebottle! There are dolls designed to show how I think the characters look, and each character has a personal webpage with theme songs and other interesting info! Thanks so much for checking it out, as well as reading my blog. 🙂