At seventeen, Jared Sedgwick wanted to share his artwork with the world, marry his first love, and get the hell out of Vermont. But he put down the brush when his relationship fell to pieces, and his cracked phone still says it's another cold day in Bennington.
He only opens up to his best friend Stan, the one who's there for him when he feels suicidal, who listens to every word and sits through every heartbreaking detail just waiting for some cat food; Stan never offers much advice. But that's okay now because Jared's got a new story, and her name is Eloise. She's a cat-loving bookworm with a passion for starting over, new in town from California, and she's making him forget that he ever had a past.
It's a fresh romance for both until she questions the whereabouts of his ex-girlfriend, soon to discover an awful truth much worse than cheating.
A PORTRAIT FOR SHY is a twist-riddled narration of undying love in the wake of tragedy, an upper-YA/crossover contemporary. *Mature content novel.