WHAT WOULD YOU DO if your best friend got pregnant?
Fourteen-year-old Jaime is used to her best friend, Melissa, being the center of attention. Melissa wants to be a model—she’s beautiful, popular, and talented. There’s just one small problem—Melissa thinks she’s pregnant, and she wants Jaime’s help. But there’s not much Jaime can do. Melissa refuses to tell her parents; Jaime refuses to be the same old reliable doormat. She’s got a lead in the school play and a new friendship with Zach. Jaime is changing, too. And she’s sick of being stepped on!
Fifteen-year-old Kelly McWilliams’s debut novel is an inspiring story about friendship, choices, and learning how to shine.
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|Title of Business & Economics eBook: Doormat|
|Release Date: 12-18-2007|
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|Publisher: Random House Children's Books|
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My best friend thinks she's pregnant.
Personally, I think Melissa's wrong, but it's not my body. Teen pregnancy is so melodramatic: lonely, living off the streets and welfare, dragging your baby from city to city and everywhere but on your acid trips. No, fourteen-year-olds don't get pregnant anywhere except in the newspaper and on TV. I mean, what would Aunt Sheila say?
"Oh, drama," she'd sigh, and flip her curly hair.
So why am I so worried about this? Because worry is contagious, I guess. Melissa is having a heart attack about it:
"What should I do, Jaime? Should I ask my mother? Will she hate me?"
Or worse: "What about my modeling career?"
And then she'll cry, and the contagion has spread.
Now, here's the truth about Melissa's modeling career--she doesn't have one, and though I love her dearly, I doubt she ever will. And that's not to say she's not beautiful; who am I to talk? It's her attitude that's the problem. She expects life on a silver platter with oysters and an Amex, and her god-awful parents hate the very idea of her doing anything so superficial and are working with all their authoritative might to stop that career before it begins. I remember discussing this with her over the summer in depth:
"I want to be a model," she said.
"Okay. But why?"
"Because I want to be beautiful!"
"Don't you think there's more to life than that?" Even to me it sounded half-baked. I knew Melissa wouldn't go for it.
"Who are you, Gandhi? Give me a break! I want to be a model. Who says there even has to be a reason? The point is I need your help becau...