Title: The Sidewalk's Regrets
Author: Kate Larkindale
Genre: YA Contemporary
Word count: 87 000
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Sacha McLeod isn’t looking for someone to rock her world. She just needs a new violin string to replace the one she broke while practicing her audition piece. But when she hears the boy in the music store play guitar, the energy, violence and unpredictability of the music thrills her. She soon learns that the boy who creates it does the same.
As their attraction heats up, Sacha finds herself spending less time with her violin and more time with Dylan, who makes her feel things she’s never imagined. But her plans for her future - and her self-confidence – are shattered when she screws up the audition. Failure isn’t something she’s prepared for, so when Dylan asks her to spend her vacation with him, she lies to her parents, pretends she won a place in the summer school, and moves in with Dylan. She’s expecting romance, music and passion, but when she finds herself playing second fiddle to Dylan’s newly acquired drug habit, she realizes despite what songs say, sometimes love isn’t all you need.
Desperate to understand what’s competing with her for Dylan’s affections, she joins his band and does drugs with him -- just once. But once become twice, three times, and more. As the band's popularity grows, so do the pressures and her drug use escalates. If Sacha can’t figure out how to leave the band, and Dylan, she’ll lose herself and her own music; if she does, she’ll lose the guy who stole her heart.