Matthew Barnes is a troubled kid from Chicago who hardly ever thinks about the consequences of his actions. When he became part of the cool squad during his freshman year, he started getting into trouble. After his religious, yet abusive father left him and his family, Matt started to lose his sense of self.
Now a high school senior, Matt is being forced by his mother to get a job. While struggling to find one, he stumbles upon an ad begging for help. But when the job opportunity comes knocking at his door, he continues to reject it. His best friend, Lenny’s church’s cafe is now looking for new hires, but Matt refuses to take the chance.
Finally, when he does, he reconnects with an old friend and possible future love interest. He is dared by Lenny to put on a mask as someone he is not to impress her, and that is to be a Christian. Will he be able to pull it off?
Precious Adams, a rule-following preacher’s kid, is an aspiring dancer who is just dancing through life. Ever since her mother left, her and her family’s lives changed drastically. To add more to the pain, Precious lost her brother to gang violence. Yet, she manages to keep a smile on her face because she knows she has God on her side. What happens when she reconnects with someone who could lead her closer to Christ (or not)? Find out by reading Pretension, a funny, romantic, eye-opening book about betrayal, hope and loss.
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Leslie Flemons, from Louisville, Kentucky, is a graduate of Indiana University Southeast where she received her Bachelors of Arts in May of 2020. Since she was a child, storytelling has always fascinated her, whether it be in books or TV shows. She is now striving to keep up with her writing by creating a variety of short stories and drafting her upcoming novels. You can find her short works at writing.com. Simply type in her username @leslieloo1 to access the wide range of writings she has put out for the world to read. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.