Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on their blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.
This Week’s Topic: In honor of the release of Like Mandarin by YAHighway contributor Kirsten Hubbard…
First, I find it only appropriate to share a share a short synopsis of Like Mandarin, a book that’s been on my To-Read list for months, and just came out yesterday.
From Goodreads: It’s hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it’s not her mother’s pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin. When they’re united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town’s animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their Badlands town. Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin’s unique beauty hides a girl who’s troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.
So, who did I want to be like when I was Grace’s age? Um, anyone but myself? Thirteen, fourteen, and fifteen were not my best years–in fact, I’d probably go so far as to call them my WORST. Braces, perm (I know!), and very little confidence… Really, did anyone have a good time in middle school?
Much like Mandarin‘s Grace, I was envious of people who were full of poise and self-assurance. People who didn’t seem to register or care about what others thought of them. People who did what felt right without days of consideration and doubt. I wanted to be someone who flew free without a worry in the world.
As I’ve grown up and into myself, I’ve learned that no one’s like that all the time. We’ve all wondered if we’re good enough, we’ve all stressed about a big decision, and we’ve all felt left out. So, while I would have been happy being just about anyone other than myself back then, I think now I’ve found confidence that only comes with time and experience.
So, who’d you want to be like when you were younger? And don’t forget to stop by YAHighway to see what everyone’s posting!