[In honor of National Card and Letter Writing Month, here’s a letter from one of our bloggers to her favorite character. What would you write to your favorite character? Share with us in the comments or write up your own blog post and link back here! –ed.]
I didn’t grow up with you, but your books greatly influenced my life. I first discovered you in the YA department of Guilderland Public Library in New York while I was a library graduate student. I was new to YA books, having moved mostly to adult fiction in the 7th grade. I had read dozens of the Sweet Valley High and some Freshman Dorm books, but back then the explosion of YA books had yet to happen.
I was wandering the library one day and you caught my attention. I love stories about princesses. So I checked out the book and devoured it! Your story opened my eyes to a world of YA books that were fun, entertaining, amusing, and full of awesome — so much so that it influenced me to become a YA librarian. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! So thank you for opening my eyes!
There are so many reasons why I love your story, but I’ll just name 10.
- The assignments that Grandmere makes you write and then critiques — they always make me laugh
- Lily and her nicknames
- The random algebra notes, lists, and IM chats you write in your diary — they made me laugh since I hated math
- Your pop culture references
- All the angst!
- Your love for Greenpeace
- Tina and her passion for romance novels
- You writing your own romance novel, Ransom My Heart
- Your sense of humor and your heart (which sounds lame, but you actually care about people)
— A devoted reader,
Jennifer Rummel, currently reading Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis