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On a Personal Note: Magan in High School

There have been a few books that have really hit home for me or elements of them that I’ve related to so, so well. Just last week, I couldn’t stop thinking about Eleanor and Park because so many of Eleanor’s thoughts felt like I lived them. They felt real to me. This made me start […]

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March 8, 2013 - 11:52 pm

Jasmine Rose - So much of this sounds like my life.
My town was so small our school was literally pre-k through 12.
I met my husband during track season (the only sport I sort of enjoyed) when I was sixteen and we got married when I was 19. Luckily we were surrounded by people who supported us, though. Heck, most of our church helped at the wedding.
It took a while for us to say “I love you,” but I was his first girlfriend and I was terrified of breaking his heart since I’d been in three previous relationships where everything seemed to be going great and then BAM I just didn’t like them anymore. In the end, though, we both knew we wanted to be together pretty early on.
It’s kind of funny looking back on it because neither of us talked about wanting to get married specifically, but we’d talk about our future lives. We even had a hypothetical cat that we named πŸ˜›

Also, you should know you’re the one to finally convince me I need to read Eleanor & Park :]

March 7, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Magan - Thanks, Anna! πŸ™‚ Young Magan says “HI!” πŸ™‚ xo

March 7, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Anna - LOVE THE PICTURES ESPECIALLY! Hi young Magan! <3 <3 <3

March 3, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Magan - Tara, thank you! This post has kept me thinking about all kinds of things since I wrote it. It’s crazy how such minor moments in our lives can make us connect to books in such profound ways. πŸ™‚ xoxo

March 3, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Magan - Ginger, even though we didn’t know each other back then, I’m so, so glad we know one another now. Seriously — love getting random g-chats and texts and messages from you. Thank goodness book blogging brought us together! And all of those books you’ve named at the end of your comment? Favorites of mine. Except, well, you know I’ve failed and still haven’t read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. Major slacker here. I have bawled my way through all of them, so I can’t imagine how you felt having read them with personal experience losing a parent you were so close to. Love you, G.

March 3, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Magan - Maria! Thank you so much for reading our blog and for your awesome comment. It means so much to me. And thanks! I’m so glad we like the same books! xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Magan - Alexa! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’ve found you’re special someone so young, too. People certainly gave me the side-eye a lot when I told them I was getting married so young, but for real — best decision of my life. I love this man so much. I wish you and Macky all the best! I cannot wait to see wedding photos! xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Magan - Elena, you’re the best! Thank you for this comment. You know what’s strange? I could totally see you trying the lilac hair. That didn’t surprise me one bit when I read that. You’re brave. (I’m not sure I could ever do lilac — Dustyn might FLIP if I tried, but he’s surprised me and gone with some pretty crazy things I’ve done, so IDK.) Thanks for the awesome comment, love. xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Magan - Sharon! Thanks, doll! I didn’t realize you were homeschooled! I love that! I have read about a few YA characters that were homeschooled. Have you ever come across a book with that kind of character that you related super well to? I went to my best friend Leslie’s youth group a lot when I was in high school, so I relate to you there. Thank you for your sweet comment!

March 3, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Magan - Mandee! Thank you, love. It’s hard to be so open about things, but at the same time, I think a lot of people question why YA is what I prefer to read. I can just relate so, so well to all those emotions. Your comment was SPOT ON. And yay for you wearing a similarly colored dress! Great minds! πŸ™‚

March 3, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Magan - Jenny, Mostly Good Girls is on my to-read list. I love good stories about friendship and you’ve intrigued me! You’re absolutely right that Miranda’s dialogue is awesome. I think it’s super awesome that you, too, married one of your best friends. I totally feel that way about Dustyn. And yes, if you haven’t read Jenny’s books you MUST READ THEM. MUST. πŸ™‚ Thank you for commenting! I really appreciate it. xo

March 3, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Magan - April, I couldn’t agree more about friendship being important in a relationship. Not all relationships start out this way, as you said, but I think it definitely helps when you know you’ve got so much in common. πŸ™‚ I wish (so badly) that I had been a music girl. My school was so small that we didn’t really have these things. (Well, at all.) I hope one day I can get my kids involved in something musically because Dustyn and I cannot carry a tune. And big families! Dustyn’s extended family is huge too — it was something I loved so much when I first met them all (we started dating right around Christmas so it was like BAM – meet the fam). Oldest kids are the best! April, I’m still positive that even at 15 lbs. heavier, you were adorable. πŸ™‚ I could not agree more with you about the whole YA girls being privileged comment. I’ve been thinking that a WHOLE LOT lately. And finally — I didn’t realize you and Allison have known each other for so long! That’s amazing! Makes me admire your friendship even more. Thanks for the (AMAZING) comment, lady!

March 2, 2013 - 5:24 pm

April @ Books And Wine - Oh my gosh, you were so adorable in high school! And ugh, I need to read Eleanor and Park.

I can’t quite relate to Belly, but I like that a lot of people were into their friends. I think friendship makes a strong basis for a good romantic relationship. I always dated guys that I was acquaintance with. And then in college I went a bit wild and was very casual and awesome until I met Tony, who again, we dated without being friends first and surprisingly met while I was um, imbibing grown up beverages. But yeah, despite my not actually experiencing this, I love reading about it.

SPORTS! I was totally more of a music wing girl — I did choir and bad and was awful at both. I did do cheerleading my 8th grade and freshman year and went to the football games after that. So, yeah I like books about characters who are into sports even though I wasn’t particularly good at them.

My Life Next Door! I love that book because I could identify with it in that my extended family is huge – my dad and my mom both are one of five kids, and so going to my grandparents’ house, especially on my dad’s side is nuts like that book. ALSO! How cool that you have friends with families like that. I’m the oldest too! YAY OLDEST KID! AKA the best kid!

Hehehe, at cringing at old photos. Me too yo, but for different reasons. This is awful, but I was like 15 lbs heavier in high school and I just look so different now and looking at those pictures reminds me of a time when my self esteem and confidence weren’t quite where they are now.

I love love love that you have the courage to admit to being from a low income family where you couldn’t always have people over because of the food thing. Me too. I think a lot of YA is about girls who come from privileged backgrounds or you know at least upper middle class and it’s hard for me to relate to that coming from a lower economic class. But I think too, you really do come out of those experiences appreciative for what you have and not you know, stuck up or anything and kind of open minded.

I feel you on having a close group of friends. My coblogger Allison was one of my closest friends growing up and still is. I’m close with a few of those other people too.

Also, that picture of you and Dustyn at senior prom is sooooo cute!

March 1, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Jenny @ Mimosa Stimulus - There are a lot of times when I’m reading a book and have to stop and tell myself, “Yeah, that was so me in highschool.” I’d have to scour through my read list to remember some of them, but one that jumps to mind is Mostly Good Girls by Leila Sales. Violet and Katie remind me SO MUCH of my best friend and I in high school. It could have been a story about us.

I totally identify with the sporty thing and maybe that’s a big part of why I love Miranda Kenneally’s books so much. (That, and I think her dialogue is brilliant – it sounds like the ridiculous conversations I would have with my friends and family.) And I also identify with the crushing on your best friend thing. A few times it worked and then ended badly, once time it never happened, and then the last one I married. So it turned out well. And I know what it feels like to have that one who got away I guess. (I should probably read Jenny Han’s books, huh?)

I love this post so much. And I love it when I find a piece of myself in books.

March 1, 2013 - 4:23 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan, I adore how you and Estelle are so willing to share such personal stories on RBR! I loved your post on how you and Dustyn met and this one about high school is just as wonderful. I think this post highlights so well why adults still want to red YA. It’s so nice to relate to younger characters with the hindsight that we have now as adults.

p.s I wore a similar coloured dress to my formal, too!

March 1, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Thank you so much for sharing this, Magan! I know it can be difficult to get super personal, but I love getting to know you more through things like this. And I love it when people share pictures! That picture of you and Dustyn at prom – swoon! So beautiful!

It’s always interesting to me to read YA books, since I was homeschooled my entire life until I came to college. I can relate to some aspects, but there are tons of things I basically have to take authors’ word on. I was involved in our church youth group and a local homeschool theatre company, so I relate a lot of things to those experiences.

March 1, 2013 - 3:42 pm

elena - i love youuuuu so much and this made me love you even more.

i loved hearing about each book & your memories & all those lovely and totally nostalgic photos of you. it made me feel closer to you and want to hug you hard. i can’t relate to the young love aspect but i LOVE that you found the love of your life and it’s so, so sweet. your story makes me feel all sappy. i want to be experimental with my hair too!! i want to have lilac hair. too bad i have dark brown hair so it’s super hard to dye, le sigh. i did have dip dye last summer though. my family didn’t have their own house until i was in middle school so i get what you mean in that aspect.

the last photo is wonderful!! bb magan is so qt. thank you so much for sharing! <333

March 1, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh M, you made me tear up while reading this post. I have so much love for the fact that there are personal experiences that inform the way we read and relate to books, and I enjoyed seeing particular examples from your own life. It’s truly an honor that you were able to share this with all of us, and I don’t want to forget that ever.

Also, I love this particular line – “…young love can be lasting love.” You and I have talked a little about this before, and I’m in complete agreement. Macky and I met when I was 15 years old, and two dates later (!), I knew I loved him and he knew he loved me. And look where we are now – planning our wedding!

ACK. Now I wish we lived closer to each other so I could give you a MASSIVE hug.

March 1, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Maria - I just started reading this blog and I don’t know you, but this was a beautiful post and it really moved me. Thank you for sharing.

AND you seem to have an excellent taste in books. πŸ™‚

March 1, 2013 - 10:34 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I loved reading this, Magan. Seeing a glimpse inside high school Magan through the books you’ve read (myself, too) makes it so much more tangible. I can totally see who you were and what you went through. I wish our lives would have crossed paths back then. I think you would have been such an influential friend in my life when I needed it most. Though I try my best not to regret anything, there are surely moments I would do over if given the chance.

Whenever I read a book about a teenager losing a parent, I immediately identify with them. Granted, I was 22 when my mom died, but I was still young and impressionable. That sort of loss is something a child never recovers from, unfortunately – no matter what age it happens at. We just learn to live a different sort of life. A few YA books that stand out most about this topic for me would be: Holier Than Thou, The Summer I Turned Pretty, The Survival Kit, Second Chance Summer, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Moonglass, & The Beginning of After.

You are such a beautiful person, Magan <3

March 1, 2013 - 10:30 am

Tara - What a beautiful, heartfelt, personal post Magan! You can identify with so many stories and you did such a great job of pairing your life experiences with these books. That last pic of you and Dustyn at the prom is the cutest thing ever! xoxo

Our Joint Shelve It and DC Trip Re-Cap

As you guys are probably aware, Estelle + I were together this past weekend in Washington, DC. We had such a great time hanging out and discussing books, life, and seeing as much of the city as we could together. Never before have we been able to do a Shelve It (or any other vlog […]

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February 26, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Alexa Y. - YOU GUYS ARE SO ADORABLE! <3 I love your joint Shelve It, and I'm so glad you guys got to hang out in person in one of my favorite cities in the US (and where I was born!) – Washington DC. It's awesome you got to see Sash (who I miss!) and hang out with Ginger on G+ (which I wish I could have done too!).

Okay, can we please all get together soon??

February 21, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> 2/21/2013 - […] obsession!) The Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg: a review Our Joint Shelve It / Some DC pictures! Blaze by Laurie Compton: a review The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding: a review Here Comes […]

February 21, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Magan - TARA! YES, pleaaaaaaaseeee!

February 21, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Magan - Oh Mands! I love your new shelf for your trip! I think that’s a fantastic idea! Then you can remember to purchase books and not be frantic over what you want when you’re in a store! If you get to go to DC — definitely go to Busboys and Poets. E and I just love, love, loved it! πŸ™‚ I loved doing this vlog with Estelle, too. Wish we could do them like this ALL THE TIME!

February 21, 2013 - 11:59 am

Magan - Asheley — THANKS! And YES, YES, YES to Golden. I finished it on my plane ride home from DC and dang! DANG. I’m so proud of Jessi Kirby. She did just a beautiful job with the story and I saw so much growth in her as an author. Just such a great story! <3

February 21, 2013 - 11:51 am

Magan - Hahah — thanks, Melissa! πŸ™‚ Can I just say how amazing you are for being a brand new momma and finding time to come leave us sweet comments? You’re the BEST!

February 19, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - ACK! A joint Shelve-It! I LOVE it! You two are so freakin’ adorable … I loved every moment of the entire vlog =)

February 19, 2013 - 11:21 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - i just love it when you guys do videos because i love to hear you talk!


February 18, 2013 - 8:22 pm

VeganYANerds - I have to add that OMG that book store cafe has vegan options so now I want to go even more!

And, YES to missing Sash!! We need more tweets/posts from her and Em!

February 18, 2013 - 8:21 pm

VeganYANerds - You guys!!! This is my favourite vlog, ever! It’s so nice that you got to spend time together and that museum sounds so sad… I’m wondering if I could fit DC in before I leave, I might have to!

And thanks to this post I have started a ‘buy while in USA’ shelf on Goodreads so I remember to buy myself a copy of The Book of Broken Hearts and Golden – I cannot wait to go book shopping.

February 18, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Tara - You guys are too stinking adorable!! I need to meet you two IRL soon… like, VERY SOON!!

February 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Magan - G, I think you were laughing at me taking a picture. I told you to SMILE! πŸ™‚ BAHAHA. So glad we got to chat with you! xoxo Love you!
Jamie, yes, yes — we wish we could have chatted with you too! NEXT TIME!

February 14, 2013 - 4:02 pm

Magan - ELENA! Of course we would mention you. We were so, so sad that things weren’t working. That was my very first G+ hangout and ugh, I don’t know what the problem was. πŸ™ Also, a Disney trip together sounds like so much fun. I’m not sure how E is friends with me, considering I’ve never been to WDW! πŸ˜‰

February 14, 2013 - 11:26 am

elena - i was like THEY BETTER MENTION ME!!!!!!!! and you did so we can still be friends. πŸ™‚

i really wished our gchat worked out too, wahhh. it would have been great to ‘meet’ you, magan! here is my pre-typed comment i made when i was watching your video for the first time via twitter:

omg your books this week! i’m super excited for all these books!! the book of broken hearts, forbidden boy next door romance oooh~ and golden!! i’ve heard good things about it. i’m excited for wild awake and hearing estelle describe it as an aussie-like read makes me even MORE excited. you both look so happy!!!

one day we will go to disney together and it will be the most magical. xo

February 14, 2013 - 12:07 am

Bookworm1858 - What a nice time-I’m so glad I found your blog because I love what you’re doing πŸ™‚

February 13, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I still don’t know what is happening with my face in that pic.. obviously you guys had me laughing at SOMETHING! haha So glad y’all chatted me up while you were together in DC πŸ™‚ love you girls!

February 13, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Jamie - You guys are the cutest!! Wish I could have chatted with you guys !! So jealous of the Sarah ockler and jessi Kirby goodness!!

Dear Teen Me: A Letter by Magan

Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves Publication Date: October 31, 2012 Publisher: Zest Books Pages: 192 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: weight battles, suicide, LGBT, parental problems, rape, relationships Format read: ARC from Zest Books at ALA (Thank you!) Summary: More than 70 authors writeΒ therapeuticΒ letters to their teen selves, providing advice […]

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October 30, 2012 - 4:15 pm

April Books & Wine - Damn you for making me tear up at work.

Magan, I am so sorry you went through this struggle with your weight.

It sucks that the whole weight thing is a problem with teen girls and well a lot of women too. I hate that our society and media tells us that we have to look a certain way to be beautiful/pretty therefore worthy. It’s so dumb. :-/


October 30, 2012 - 2:28 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Magan, thanks for sharing. I was almost in tears over here, because you really spoke to my heart. I’ve always struggled with my weight as well, and I was anorexic in high school. I ended up destroying my metabolism, and managing my weight has become even harder. I appreciate your story, and think it’s amazing how much you’ve learned. I haven’t quite gotten to where you are yet, but I now have hope I’ll get there eventually. πŸ™‚ *hugs*

October 28, 2012 - 10:10 pm

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - *HUGS* I’m currently 17 years old and I feel like I battle my weight every single day! Thank you for sharing your story!

October 28, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] Review: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping Books of Wonder in NYCΒ  + Review:Β All […]

October 28, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Allison L - I’m a little late because I didn’t realize that you had written a ‘Dear Teen Me’ letter too, Magan. Sorry! Thank you for bravely opening up, and sharing a piece of your story with us. It was very touching to read! <3

October 27, 2012 - 3:24 pm

elena - oh teenage magan, i adore you and you are such a beautiful soul. i went through my issues in high school too and although they weren’t the same as yours, it really can be quite debilitating and hard to overcome. thank you so much for posting this letter and sharing. this & estelle’s letter are some of my very favourite on your blogs. <3

October 27, 2012 - 12:16 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Oh M, thank you so much for opening up and sharing a part of your story, the one that makes you YOU, with us by writing this letter. I certainly think that you are one of the most BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING people I’ve ever had the fortune to meet and call a friend. I wish I could give you a hug in person right now!

October 26, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Lisa - Thank you for sharing this, Magan!

I would also tell my teen self to get over the whole weight thing. When you find the love of your life who cherishes you the way you are and loves your heart, that’s all that matters. Honestly.

You are gorgeous and brave and I adore you so!

October 26, 2012 - 10:56 am

Kelly - This is heartbreakingly beautiful and inspiring! You’re so brave to share something so personal, and the bit about your husband being there no matter the number on the scale made me a wee bit weepy.

I don’t know what you look like, but you are a beautiful person – and that’s what matters most!

October 26, 2012 - 6:06 am

Lori - Magan, this is so touching! You’re so brave and wonderful! *hugs*

October 26, 2012 - 2:54 am

Kristen - This is beautiful and brave and heartbreaking all at the same time. YOU are beautiful and brave. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love these letters so much. I need to get this book and read it. *hug*

October 25, 2012 - 9:18 pm

Tara - Oh Magan, I <3 you so much! I think you are beautiful and amazing and if I were with you right now, I'd give you the biggest hug ever.

October 25, 2012 - 8:22 pm

Jamie - HUGS! Loved this! Teen Jamie struggled with her weight (which was insane as she really was quite skinny. It’s sad that a lot of us of all shapes and sizes struggle with it. So many mixed messages out there! I used to get made fun of for being too skinny and girls would call me anorexic. My sister who is in high school struggles with this. It’s crazy because either you are “too fat” or “too skinny” or you have too big of boobs or not big enough. It’s exhausting. It’s sad how much we all struggle. Just wish we could all realize that most of us were really fine the way we were. Most of us were healthy and of a fine weight — whether or not or genes made us predisposed to be a rail or a little bit bigger than average. Being a girl sucked (sucks still) sometimes.

October 25, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Anna - Where is teen Magan? I NEED TO HUG HER! I NEED TO HUG ADULT MAGAN TOO! Major smooches. This touched my heart!

October 25, 2012 - 4:49 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I wish I could give you a Magan hug right now. You know the ones. They leave you feeling like you’re special and cared for dearly. πŸ™‚

You’re wonderful. This post is so incredibly touching, Magan.

October 25, 2012 - 9:56 am

Elizabeth - What is it with high schools and diet pills?
I, too, tried to lose weight in high school by downing diet pills with a Diet Coke everyday.
Looking back, it definitely didn’t make anything better.
Your letter was beautifully written.
This past Mother’s Day, I wrote a similiar letter but to my kids…just the advice I thought they would need from all the experiences I have had.
It is truly therapeutic to write about.

October 25, 2012 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh my sweet Magan, I wish I could hug you right now. Your letter was so very touching. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Probably one of the most beautiful people I have the pleasure of calling my friend. I am constantly inspired by your creativity and generosity towards others. I wish I would have known you in high school. We could have encouraged each other to lose weight the healthy way, and also remind one another that it’s about being HAPPY.. not about the number on the scale. Teen Ginger struggled with that, too. Love you so incredibly much! xoxo

Eight Years Ago, I Said “I Do”

I was a junior in high school when I met my future husband. I went to an itty bitty school in a town of 350 people (yep, you read that right). We didn’t have a football team because there was certainly no way we could fill the stands, have enough players on the field, and […]

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March 3, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Magan - April! Thanks, lady! So sorry about the tears. Haha! πŸ™‚

March 2, 2013 - 5:33 pm

April Books & Wine - How did I not read this yet?

Anyways. I teared up. YOU ARE WELCOME.

You two are sooooo adorable. I just can’t. SO ADORABLE.

August 6, 2012 - 10:15 am

Tara - That is one of the best falling-in-love stories I have ever read! You guys are just too cute and I can’t wish you enough love and happiness for many, many more years to come πŸ™‚

August 3, 2012 - 11:52 am

Dianne - What a beautiful, sweet story. Of course I knew it would be, knowing the two of you! So happy you shared it. And so happy your life brought you into mine!

August 2, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - !!! I love you (and this post).

The thing I love the most is that last year I heard Stephanie Perkins talk about her husband, Jarrod. They got married when they were 18 and she told everyone in the audience (mostly teens) to not listen to their parents when they (the parents) say that “those types” of relationships can’t be the forever kind. So, SUCH a great choice in choosing ANNA.


August 2, 2012 - 2:15 am

Jasmine Rose - You’re story is so cute :]
Reminds me a bit of my first “meeting” (if you will)with my now husband. It was after a track meet which we got home pretty late from. I was a sophomore and he was a senior. I was also friends with this other senior guy (who possibly had a crush on me, but actually had a girlfriend. But that’s another story.) Anywho.
Other Senior Guy invited me up the the town’s (only) restaurant to have a milkshake because it was his job to clean up after it was closed. I went up liked I’d done a couple other times before. No big deal.
EXCEPT. He managed to pull it out of me that I like Husband. Then he typed into his phone “Jazz likes you.” got it all ready to send and sat the phone right in front of me while he went about cleaning. He made sure it was my choice, but he kept giving me this look like he was just daring me to do it.
Mind you, I was never the outgoing type of girl who’d go up to a guy and say I liked him or ask him out. So even this little text was a HUGE thing for.
After staring at the phone for a good ten minutes I finally sent the text. Other Senior Guy took his phone back after that and texted with Husband for a few minutes before it was decided that he’d be coming up. (My town was really small and he lived about three blocks away, by the way.) Let me tell you, though, those five minutes it took him to get there were practically unbearable!
When Husband got there he sat a seat away from me and we just sat there all awkwardly until Other Senior Guy decided to lock up and leave us be.
And then we sat there awkwardly some more.
Finally we both admitted we liked one another and made some awkward attempts at conversation.
By this time, it’s about 45 minutes after curfew and my mom calls me freaking out. I told her where I was and Husband drove me (the two blocks) to my house and proceeded to go inside and explain the situation to my own.
He was scared to death, but he came in because I asked him and was rather gallant about it all ;]
In the end I got grounded and we spent the rest of the weekend texting.
Long story short, we’ve been together 3 years and got married this past December <3

(Also, terribly sorry for the super long comment!)

August 1, 2012 - 7:29 pm

Anne - This is so sweet. Sometimes you just know immediately when you’ve found a good thing! Happy (belated) anniversary to you both.

August 1, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I hope you know that reading your story, you and D, made me tear up. It’s seriously such a beautiful thing when two people meet and find that connection and end up knowing that they want to spend the rest of their lives together. As I’ve told you, I consider you and D an inspiration in terms of relationships – and I’m so happy for you both. Happy 8 Years! <3

August 1, 2012 - 11:44 am

Melissa - What a sweet story!!! Happy anniversary!!

August 1, 2012 - 12:05 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Wow, Magan, this is just BEAUTIFUL! Absolutely brought tears to my eyes — it’s so wonderful to see examples of love as true as yours and Dustyn’s! Wishing you many, many, many more years of happiness together!

July 31, 2012 - 5:41 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan! I am teary after reading that, thanks so much for sharing your story with us πŸ™‚ And now I totally understand your love for Good Oil <3

Happy, happy 8th anniversary, I'm sure you two had a wonderful time away xox

July 31, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - WOW, what a great story!! Congratulations!! Here’s to many more!
Also, because I’m a nerd, I love how you incorporated the books. <3

Hubs and I are celebrating ours tomorrow. Swoony time of the year, no? πŸ™‚

July 31, 2012 - 2:34 pm

Daisy - Oh honey, that is a wonderful lovestory!! I’m so happy for you that you found an amazing guy you’re still gushing about 8 years into the marriage! Happy anniversary and may there be many more!
Love the pictures! You two look so cute together πŸ™‚

July 31, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - For the record, you should totally put a tissue warning at the top of this post for those of us who are prone to crying. SHEESH. *blinks back tears*

But really. I loved reading your story! I had no idea how you two first met or really anything other than that you got married at a young age. It was so beautiful and romantic, and even moreso that you were his first everything. And it was real.

Happy anniversary (again), and here’s to many more years of the same wonderfulness of the first 8!

July 31, 2012 - 11:18 am

Megan Swicegood - Ah! Happy Anniversary! What a fun/happy story. I love this.

July 31, 2012 - 9:04 am

Hemborgwife - Such a great story! I also am a product of insta love, moving in with my now husband after only knowing him for a month and a half and living in different countries for that time!

July 31, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Yup, I’m in tears. I had never heard the story on how y’all met & it’s so dang beautiful. I almost felt like I was reading a love story in a YA novel! THIS is the good stuff though. The REAL stuff. I am so honored to be your friend Magan & I look forward to watching the two of you grown old together πŸ™‚ Happy 8 years & here’s to many, many more!!!

P.S. I think my absolute favorite is how you are his first… and just think, you’ll continue to be his first for so many more memories!