Genre: Young Adult, contemporary
Title: Confessions of a High School Survivor: The Freshman Reinvention
Mara and I have known each other for seven years but we weren’t always friends. When we met, I was the new kid at our synagogue and Mara knew everyone in our 3rd grade Hebrew school class. She was the popular girl and I was the new nerd: shy, nail biting and awkward. That was also the year I took a vacation from brushing my teeth in protest of my miserable life, which, upon reflection, didn’t work in my favor.
It didn’t take long for us to find each other though, which happened during a 3rd grade Hebrew school overnight at the synagogue. My class was watching a scary movie, which I hate, so I opted for endless rounds of Candy Crush in the hall. Mara doesn’t like scary movies either, and walked out shortly thereafter to find me sitting by myself in the empty hall.
She sat down next to me, introduced herself and we started talking. She offered me a piece of gum and as they say, the rest is history. We’ve been inseparable ever since.