"You, Me, and the Goldfish" by Author M. T Straker

When shy Alexia meets the boy of her dreams, she realizes more than one painful truth about growing up and falling in love. Is it all worth it? She will have to answer this question for herself. It all begins, strangely enough, in group therapy. Alexia is the sole caregiver and support for her mother, who is undergoing a mental health crisis after suffering a violent attack at her workplace. As the teenager struggles with the responsibilities of her new role in the family, she falls head over heels for Justin, whose grandmother is part of the same therapy class Alexia’s mother attends. Alexia is sure that Justin—tall, handsome, and charismatic—won’t even notice her. To her surprise, he does more than that—he asks her out! Justin is kind, artistic, and thoughtful, but he’s also coping with his own trauma. Justin’s sister was brutally murdered, and the killer is still at large. Alexia tries to find ways to support Justin and his family as they go through the grieving process and move forward with their lives.

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