Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Friendship


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.