It is strange enough that Jennifer Harris 1994 class valedictorian and Theodore Hamilton beloved sports star became best friends. They are not just the studious book worm, and the beloved jock that everyone sees them as. They have a dream, and Theodore has a plan. They both want to blow off college to become singers despite their parents’ wishes.
After the best and worst things happen on her eighteenth birthday Jennifer’s life will never be the same again. With the help of Teddie, Jennifer goes on a journey to discover herself and what she is capable of in this crazy thing we call life. The journey isn’t always a smooth one though as Jennifer faces her dreams as well as her nightmares. This is a story of life, love, heartbreak, and hard decisions.
Targeted Age Group:: 14 +
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My inspirations for my books come from numerous sources. They can come from people I meet , conversations I have, dreams have also been a source for two of my books. Life Is Funny That Way was a reflection on things that happened, or could have happened, or I heard about from my own youth.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
My characters have different personality traits of people I know or have known throughout my life. Sometimes I embellish on a trait I have seen to make a character stand out. I believe that some traits are ones I find in myself as well.
As I stepped out on the stage, the fear in me increased. I was scared stiff. My heart was pounding out of my chest, and it was hard for me to breathe. The deafening cheers of the excited crowd made my ears ring. My dream of dreams was about to come true and, my mother, the one person to whom I owed this to was gone.
Theodore was the best friend I ever had. He helped me through all the rough times and we celebrated the good ones. He showed me that I was worth something, and made me feel alive. And most importantly, he showed me the courage I had inside, the courage that I used to get where I am today. This story I dedicate to him.
I remember the time that Teddie, that is what everyone called Theodore, and I went up to Bad Bear Cave. It is a beautiful area with a lake and camping spots. A mile away from the camping area was the cave. Teddie and I had our own camping area off to the left side of the cave entrance. In the trees we had found a small clearing that had a couple boulders big enough to use for seats. It had a great view of the lake below, and enough room to put up a tent. This had been Teddie and my spot for years. We had been coming up here every weekend for the last three years to get away from school, our parents, and anything else that got us down. This spot, our spot, was the only place that Teddie and I felt we could get away from the pressures of everyday life. The things such as having to get those straight A’s so I could get into a good college, or Teddie making sure that he had great games so that he got his sports scholarship that his dad had been after him about. Pressures that we felt were placed on us by his dad and my mom so that we could succeed in life. These pressures in our eyes seemed pointless. Teddie didn’t want to go to college and play ball any more than I wanted to go to college at all. Our dream was to sing. Once in a while we would come up here with all our friends, but even then we stayed near the lake or the camping areas. This spot was all for Teddie and me, and we never shared it with anyone.
We were drinking; I got really messed up on beer and tried to walk down a very steep hill…Maybe a mountain would be more accurate “Teddie, I’m drunk.” I slurred, grabbing for Teddie’s arm to keep from falling. “I know Jenn, just try to walk.” Teddie said. “I can’t, I feel like I’m walking in a snow bank in high heels.” I said, trying to keep on my feet. “Guess I should’ve known that letting you drink beer was a bad idea” he laughed. Before I could reply Teddie stopped walking and turned to me. “Here, lean on me.” He said, reaching for my hand “Ok.” I murmured. As I leaned over to grab Teddie’s hand, it happened. The most embarrassing thing that could have happened did. I fell. Not just on my butt either, but right on top of Teddie. I couldn’t believe it. I felt stupid, but a little bit thrilled too. I had a crush on him for years, and to be this close to him sent shivers down my spine.
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