Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WWDD? What Would Davie Do?




Believe it or not, I actually started writing this post several weeks ago. I had a Sophia Petrillo storyline going and everything. But after last night, I changed my mind.

Did you ever had a crush on someone in high school? A crush that was like, you fell head over heels for this person?

What about not being accepted in high school? You were not one of the cool kids, but one of those kids who was teased because of their looks or the way they acted?

I experienced both of those things while I was in high school.

So when I read 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter, I could totally relate to what her main character, Davie Jones, went through.

Davie lived in a small town in Mississippi and was treated cruel by her mother (also known as the town tramp). She copes by watching Molly Ringwald movies (like 16 Candles). When James, the hot football player, moves into town, she falls in love.

But due to relentless teasing and becoming a victim to a horrible high school prank, Davie runs away to Los Angeles and reinvents herself as a popular lounge singer.

So what happens when faith intervenes and James comes back into her life? I won't tell. That's for you to find out by reading the book.

I loved this book and so far, it has been one of my favorite books this year. I even got my book club to read it and they loved it too. We all fell in love with Davie and the characters that surround her.

So let me tell you about my experience. I had a crush on a football player (but he wasn't the star, but that's OK). Fell hard for him.

I also was teased a lot too. But instead of Monkey Night (which Davie was called), I was called a ditz, a dingbat and anything else that related to me not having sense. Why, I don't know.

I haven't become a lounge singer, just a journalist who will be a librarian in May. So what happens when your high school crush, who's now a doctor, calls you? Scream, then at least have a decent conversation with the guy. I thought I was getting an invitation to crazy.

After the initial shock (and a good night's sleep), I realized that I had a Davie moment. So I thought "What would Davie do next?"

So, I ask those who have read the book, WWDD? And if you haven't, if you were in a situation like mines, what would you do after receiving that type of phone call? I would love to hear your comments!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Not going to Columbia again

Due to car trouble and getting the radiator replaced, I will not be attending the African-American Literary Festival in Columbia tomorrow. I am sorry that I will not be able to attend, but I hope that the people who will attend this event will have a good time. If they have this event next year, I plan to attend. I am sorry if I have let you down.

Maybe I can get some more reading done. :-)