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the He Was There All Along contest

Monday, April 27, 2009

First, congrats to Summer, who won the big box of books!

Second, me and the amazingly talented Susane Colasanti and are running a contest together!

We're calling it the He Was There All Along contest in honor of our books, Something, Maybe and Waiting For You because....well, sometimes the right guy is there and has been all along. You just needed to notice him.

Entering this contest is super simple! I'll be giving away a copy of Susane's fabtastic Waiting For You when it comes out on May 14th and to enter, all you have to do leave a comment telling me about the time you--or someone you know--found out that the right guy for them wasn't some mysterious stranger or a guy they'd never met before but instead was someone they knew, someone who'd been there all along. (You also have to be a US resident or have a US mailing addy)

I'll be taking comments through midnight EST on Sunday, May 3rd, and then I'll pick one winner at random and that person will get a copy of Waiting for You as soon as it comes out!

And for those of you who'd like to win a copy of my book, Something, Maybe, just head on over to Susane's journal and enter the contest there. (And yes, you CAN enter both contests! In fact, you SHOULD!)

So there you go. Hit me up here, and hit Susane up over here about the time it turned out the right guy was there all along--either for you or a friend--and you could win a free book!


Blogger Summer said...

Thanks Elizabeth for the contest.

If anyone is interested in seeing what's in the box I'll post the contents on my blog when I get it.


April 27, 2009 9:28 AM  
OpenID luckygirl1112 said...

Wow. Nice contest. Okay a time where I found the right guy, was the guy that I couldn't stand. Kinda like Kate and Will from Perfect You but we actually fought for years and now....... well.

April 27, 2009 11:32 AM  
OpenID biblauragraphy said...

Well, once I was dating the right guy for my roommate. And my roommate was dating the right guy for me. And yes, we did manage to work it all out with our friendships intact!


April 27, 2009 11:59 AM  
Blogger Amee said...

Well my story isn't very happy. I thought he was weird and knew he liked me. I didn't like him until after we barely saw each other anymore and I realized he was actually kind of cool! So it didn't really work out. I've tried to pay more attention since then so I don't miss something that may be there!

April 27, 2009 1:05 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I had had classes with my future boyfriend for a year and talked to him throughout the summer (while I was dating someone else) until I realized that he was the yin to my yang. It took dating someone inappropriate (much too sensitive for me) to be able to properly realize this.

April 27, 2009 2:33 PM  
OpenID loveispatientxx said...

First, I loved Something, Maybe. It's such a good book.
Well, I had liked this guy for a while, but he was already in a relationship. A few months later, they broke up and we got together. I realized he wasn't the guy I thought he was, and the right guy for me was actually my best guy friend, who'd been crushing on me since the September.

April 27, 2009 5:09 PM  
OpenID runforamsterdam said...

i already have something, maybe and i pre-ordered Waiting For You.
so i guess no contests for me. :(

April 27, 2009 5:39 PM  
OpenID aboldstory said...

Well, this happened to my friend, where she had liked this one guy for over a year. Somewhere in the middle, though, she discovered he already had a girlfriend that goes to a different school. What she didn't know was that he was already thinking of dumping his girlfriend because he was having issues. After he did that he realized that the perfect girl for him was my friend. So now they're together and happy. :)

April 27, 2009 6:55 PM  
Blogger shelburns said...

Great contest!

It did happen to me once. It was a guy that I worked with. He was a mechanic and would look at my car when I needed it, but neither one of us was interested in a relationship at the time, w/anyone. Well, we went to lunch a few times, but nothing more than friends. Then, it just evolved...we are now married!

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

April 27, 2009 7:22 PM  
OpenID sammyjones57 said...

I already have Something, Maybe and LOVED it! (I'm still saying if anyone wants to send me a Finn for my bday I will not protest at all!)

My story is about my friend Britt. There were three of us (Me, Britt, and Amanda) that always hung out together all through high school, and during our senior year, Britt started dating Amanda's older brother (who was the guy that had always been around). A couple years later they got married and now have two little girls!


April 27, 2009 7:22 PM  
Blogger celi.a said...

I had to think for a bit to come up with this, and that's because the 'he' who was there all along was not for me (even though we were seeing each other at the time), but for a mutual friend. I broke up with him at Christmas, and they'd realized their mutual 'rightness' by February, and are happily married.

Great contest, by the way!

April 27, 2009 8:16 PM  
Blogger Nora said...

Hmm, two friends of mine were friends in high school but never romantically involved, but had moved in together by the end of their freshman year of college and eventually got married.


April 27, 2009 8:59 PM  
Blogger pepsivanilla said...

I was dating a guy a few years ago when I was really stressed out over school and life in general. When we broke up I became depressed and wasted a lot of time trying to be friends with him while he ignored me, and later I found out he's gay.

But last year I realized that a guy I kind of knew through some of my best friends was the perfect guy for me. Now we've been dating for almost a year and are insanely happy :)

I love reading all these stories!


April 28, 2009 12:00 AM  
OpenID dplionheart said...

My friend realized that her perfect guy was not her boyfriend, but instead his brother.


April 28, 2009 2:47 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

The boy I wished I would find was someone who wasn't fake (actually hard to find if you're in high school), was smart, and funny. Someone who doesn't care about material things, and cares more about someone's personality than their body. I found him. But alas, life isn't that easy. We are really good friends. That's it. He is also going to a new school next year. Life will go on, but I wish it would stand still for this next month.



April 28, 2009 11:42 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

I lived across the hall from a boy for about a year. During that year, I dated a few boys, but didn't really like any of them very much. I didn't realize the feelings I had for the boy across the hall until he went on a date with my roommate. Neither of them enjoyed the date, and soon enough, we went out! We're still together 2 years later :)

April 28, 2009 2:27 PM  
Blogger Michelle Kuo said...

Well my best friend met this guy one time, to get my other friend (who thought he was cute) to go talk to him. My best friend thought he looked really ugly and was not attracted to him AT ALL. But then a few weeks later they ended up talking a bit more and they ended up liking each other :)

April 28, 2009 6:06 PM  
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April 28, 2009 6:44 PM  
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April 28, 2009 6:48 PM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

haha, this question makes me laugh because it is the story of my life. The guy I am dating was my best friend for three years and we worked together and I had no idea he had feelings for me for forever. when i finally realized it seemed so obvious, why had I been dating a bunch of idiots! two years later and going strong!

April 28, 2009 10:35 PM  
Blogger iamliterate said...

I cannot wait for Suzanne's new book. You two are probably two of my favorite YA authors. I just re-read Something, Maybe. It's still amazing.

I have yet to find the right guy, but my sister is getting married next month to someone she developed feelings for over a long time. It went from a platonic relationship to something more. I think that's how it should work.


April 30, 2009 10:08 PM  
OpenID journal-of-jo said...

This is actually my brother's story...

He's had this best friend for almost all his life, and his best friend had a little sister. She had the BIGGEST crush on my brother for years, but since she was the little sister, my brother never thought of her that way.

Then he went overseas with the military, she graduated from high school and started college, and when he came back - things changed! Now they've been married for almost three years and they just had their first child (my adorable nephew)!

joannarenee (at) mail (dot) com

April 30, 2009 10:44 PM  
Blogger soundistheword3 said...

First of all, I love these types of contests! (probably because I love reading other people's stories just as much as I love commenting on them)

Anyway, while I have haven't found multiple guys, there's one that I was fortunate enough to have in my life and then really notice.

So, story time! Here's the sort of condensed version with initials for names: When you start college, you are overloaded with introductions and friendly faces, but within a couple weeks a few faces become more familiar than the others. One of these people was E, the roommate of the boy who eventually became my boyfriend. At that time, I spent a ton of time in their room getting to know E, only barely noticing his roommate, D. I had been hoping to find a guy that wouldn’t be an ass for once (oh, high school boys), and figured that boys matured before entering college, so there should be tons of options, and E was looking like quite a candidate. Once I headed over only to find E gone, so I figured I should talk to D and found out that besides living down the hall from me, we both like reading and checking out XKCD on a regular basis. To be honest, this still didn’t put him on my radar, it just meant we start to talk and hang out a bit. Apparently all of our friends saw it coming after we both laughed at the violent parts of Hot Fuzz (don’t blame me! it really is so overdone that it’s funny instead of gross). Anyway, it took nearly two months of casual friendship before we realized we had any connection, and it all came out of a tube of toothpaste. You see, I’m one of those (admittedly) slightly anal people who insist upon squeezing toothpaste out from the bottom of the tube. It makes me cringe to see toothpaste tubes with big dents in the middle, so I can’t help but fix a tube if I notice it. This somehow turned into a wrestling match with D just an hour before I was heading back home for the weekend. Though I didn’t think much of it while we were more or less on top of each other, I realized that the entire car ride home I couldn’t stop thinking of him. After a few more weeks of doing that awkward now-we-can’t-touch-each-other-or-make-eye-contact-ever-because-it-would-be-letting-on-that-we’re-interested-in-each-other thing, a mutual friend locked us a room together in the early evening. Literally. We talked until sunrise about nearly everything but ourselves until after sunrise, and then he finally just kissed me. I’m glad the right guy was there all along, as he’s now my boyfriend and my best friend.

Kristin at dazdnconfusd@comcast.net

May 01, 2009 12:43 AM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

This sounds pretty sad but I think my "one who got away" is a friend I know from since nursery to grade school, but now he's already in Canada and we have lost touch ever since. I never realized it until he went away.

sylvia (sylvia_uy4@yahoo.com)

May 01, 2009 7:42 PM  
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May 03, 2009 6:14 PM  
Blogger ChristinaRose said...

Ok so here it goes. I am the kind of girl who more comfortable hanging with the guys. I just can’t stand all of the drama with girls. For example one of my friends, Alyssa, was broken up with over aim and she was all upset about it, and I’m like the guy didn’t even have the courage to break up with you face to face or at least over the phone then do you really think he is worth being all upset over. Because of thinks like this most of the time I end up hanging with my guy friends and one in particular I spent a lot of time with, Connor. We talked about everything and I never thought anything of it. I would tell him about guys I thought where hot and dates I went on and ask him for his opinion, most of the time he would laugh and tell me how should he know. But then one time we were at the fair together and I ran into this guy I knew from my pool while Connor was getting tickets for rides. I could kind of tell this guy liked me but I really was not sure if I was that into him. When he saw Connor heading back this way he told me to call me when me and boyfriend broke up. Before I could correct his assumption, before I could even understand what he was saying, he walked away. But when it sank in it got me thinking. For the next week I could not stop thinking about it and every time I was around Connor I noticed the way he would look at me, it was an admiring and hopeful look, I had never noticed it before. Like I said in the beginning I like hanging out with guys more than girls so I tend not to notice this kind of thing. That Saturday we were at my house and parents and older brother had gone out. This was noting out of the ordinary. We watched Van Helsing one of my favorite movies. After it was done I built up the nerve to ask him about what the guy said last week and if he liked me in that way. I was a little nervous but I was telling myself that it is always better to know and that way if I was just imagining things over the past week then I could just get over it. When I got the question out he just kind of looked at me as if in shock or something. And then he took my face in his hands and looked me in the eye a bit hesitant and then he kissed me, and it was very very sweet. We end up making out until my brother came home. I met Connor in the begging of last school year and this night happened October 11, 2008. We have been dating for just about half a year now, and we are still not tired of each other. lol :)


May 03, 2009 6:16 PM  
Blogger Lalaland said...

This happened to a differnt kind of friend of mine. She was best friends with this guy and they did everything together. They even went to the same church! So, my friend started crushing on him in 7th grade, but wouldn't tell him. In 8th grade, he started going out with this girl that my friend had a huge fight with. So for most of the year, she had to fake smiles, become the third wheel, and accept any comments the other girl said when they hanged out with him. And all she heard from the guy was how great the other girl was and how he loved her. It literally broke her heart every time he said that. She cries herself to sleep even when I slept over sometimes. But then, near the end of the year, the other girl broke with him and he couldn't understand. So he turned to my friend after it happened. Soon, they started going out and she had her first kiss with him.

May 03, 2009 8:42 PM  

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