The book is coming along nicely. I have two beta readers, which is a big help. I'm very thankful to both of them.
I like the diversity of the characters in the book - one of my favorite characters is Emily's high school friend - Pudge. On the surface, he is a downtrodden character, but in truth - he is anything but…
In chapter five, Emily reflects back on how she treated her good friend.
I inched my way out of the circle of Mark groupies, and started back to class thinking about how ashamed I felt when Mark ridiculed Pudge. I didn’t know whether he was ridiculing Pudge or me, or both of us. It didn’t really matter though, because the shame that I felt was clearly my own. I didn’t stick up for Pudge, didn’t even own up to the fact that I asked Pudge to go with me. I broke the kinship, and for that - I knew that for all the times I felt like an outcast - I should have known better. I should have had the guts to be better. The only shame I felt as I found my way to class - was my own for not sticking up for Pudge.
The relationship is tender, and as the story progresses - Emily learns just how wrong she was about Pudge at first-glance. He possesses an inner strength and teaches Emily a lot about the deeper meaning of strength and character.