Dear Phyllis Reynolds Naylor,
Did you ever pretend someone was your friend, just because they had something you wanted? Do you think your friend is pretending to be your friend?
I once did pretend to be someone's friend. It wasn't because she had something I wanted, it was because she was new. I didn't want her to feel left out, so I played with her. Then I read Shiloh. Marty loved Shiloh so much I couldn't help but feel guilty I was pretending to be her friend. I started reading the book when I wasn't supposed to. I didn't want the book ever to end, but one day, it did. I tossed and turned in my sleep, trying to think of a way to be her friend. I realized all I could do was tell her I was pretending to be her friend. The next day, I tried to be her friend. I acted really nice to her. She got suspicious, and asked me why I was being so nice to her. I didn't see that coming, and I didn't know what to say.
I knew I was trapped. I had to tell her the truth. I told her what I was doing. She just turned around and left. A couple days later, I realized she was ignoring me. Marty never ignored Shiloh! I started to learn that you can't ever be friends at first sight. You have to get to know them. The next day I tried to apologize. She forgave me! Shiloh taught me a lesson: never pretend someone is your friend. If you want someone to be your friend, show respect and they will too. Do anything for them.
Sincerely, Grace Tsui