Hey lovelies! So on Tuesday, my lovely friend Kirsten Hubbard became an officially published debut author with the release of her AMAZING YA novel LIKE MANDARIN. Kirsten is so cool, in fact, that she is hosting a huge giveaway. Check out her blog: http://kirstenhubbard.blogspot.com/ for more deets.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
But, to make a long story short, just by commenting on this post, you will be entered to win a copy of LIKE MANDARIN.
So today's post is a little sentimental - a little personal. You see, in LIKE MANDARIN 14-year-old Grace would give anything to be like wild, bold 17-year-old Mandarin. So Kirsten asked me and some other YA writers if there was anyone we wanted to be like as a young teen. Well, there was.
Mary was a senior when I was a freshman, but I'd known her for years before that. We'd been in two or three church plays together, and Mary was just that girl that everyone knew.
Mary was pretty, funny, outgoing, talented, and popular. She wasn't the cheerleader kind of popular, she was the REAL kind of popular - popular because she was legitimately nice to everyone she met. She was the star of every play in our high school, she was musically gifted, and she was on the academic team. Even though she had all the makings of a nerd, Mary still managed to be the star of my high school.
I wanted to be like Mary since the day I met her when I was nine, but when I got older, the want to be like her got even more intense. I had always been a loud kid myself, but I was mocked for my loud, talkative nature. People found it annoying. And yet, Mary was loud and talkative and beloved. She was so funny and charming, she just seemed to draw people toward her. This girl was a magnet. I wanted that. I wanted people to love my constant stream of jabber, not find it annoying.
The thing I loved most about Mary, though, was that she was nice to everyone. Even me. When she passed freshman-me in the hallway, she would stop to say hello, to tell me how well I'd done on the academic team that past weekend (we were on many of the same teams and clubs), or to say I'd really rocked at the drama club audition. She didn't have to, but she did. Even when her senior friends were with her.
Mary was always in the spotlight and she always knew waht to do and say. I would have given anything to be like Mary Bates.
So leave a comment and let me know who YOU wanted to be like, and if you do, you will be entered to win a copy of LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard!