As I am nearing the end of my book, Spoiled, by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, I have decided to write this genre post as a character journal. I chose this piece because I think it will really give great insight to how the main character, Molly, was feeling at different points in the book.
My mother, Laurel, just died. I’m lost and confused; not sure what to feel or what to think. Just days before she passed away, she told me that my father is the famous movie star, Brick Berlin. I have to move to L.A. to live with him and his daughter Brooke. I don’t have any family left here in Indiana but I don’t want to leave my friends, especially my boyfriend Danny. I don’t know how our relationship is going to survive. Maybe it won’t. I’m leaving all my friends and my hometown today, I guess I’ll find out soon. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, but I can’t help feel just a little bit excited. I’ve read all about Brick, of course, but there’s still the mysterious Brooke. I hope she’s nice to me, and can understand how I’m feeling. I’ll need a friend more than anything.
What a day. Today was my first day at Colby-Randall Prep School. Now since Brooke hates me, I had no one. No one showed me where my classes were or sat by me at lunch. No one introduced themselves or even smiled in my direction. It seems like Brooke rules the school and everyone follows her example, except her arch-nemesis, Shelby. At least she didn’t stuff corn in my locker or start spreading rumors about me. Maybe she’ll be friendly in the future. At least the end of the day went well. A nice guy, Teddy McCormack, introduced himself after school in the parking lot while I was waiting for Brooke. (I can’t believe I have to drive her home.)
I’m also very frustrated because Brick is never home to try to solve the Brooke problem. He’s always at a premiere, in a meeting, or shooting a commercial. I’m all alone and I feel isolated. Even Danny is forgetting our video-chat dates. I am even being forced to make costumes for Brooke’s big debut play, My Fair Lady. Even when I’m not at home, I have to be criticized by her.
The Brooke situation is finally getting better. Since her mom is inexistent too, we bonded over tears. Not only tears about our mothers, but about Brick. She feels like I’m getting all the attention now, but I was feeling the same way about her. We both decided that Brick means well, and we’re working on trying to be friends. The opening night for My Fair Lady is in a couple of days. I’m glad we’re finally working things out before the play starts, when everyone will be even more stressed out than usual.
As for the Danny situation, I’m not sure what to do. We don’t talk anymore, and I feel disappointed by that, but I feel myself getting closer and closer to Teddy.
I cannot believe her. Just when things were about to get better. Just when we were starting to be friends, Brooke sent a picture of me hugging Teddy after a fight to Hey! Magazine. Oh and wait, it gets better. It made the front page. The front page! Shelby showed it to me on opening night. I ran out of the costume room right past Brooke. She didn’t even stop me. She went on with her stupid play as if nothing happened. Not that I blame her for that. I guess it was important to her, but shouldn’t I have been more important? I left L.A. I’m back in Indiana now. I know what I have to do, but I don’t want to. Will I have the strength? Can I actually go talk to Danny and try to explain what happened? I have to break up with him, but he probably already knows what’s coming. I’m pretty sure the whole nation had seen the article. It even had Danny’s senior picture along with the picture of Teddy and I. How mortifying to him. Ok, here I go. I’m leaving now to talk to him. Wish me luck!