Dear Mary Hogan,
I used to think that what mattered was on the outside. Who your friends were, where you went, what you wore, all depended on what you looked like. That you have to be perfect in everyone's eyes. Hayley's not perfect, and she knows it. Same here. Pretty Face showed me that by telling you that you are worth it makes you worth it.
There are lots of things that can make one person self-conscious. Obesity is one of the more common. 3/4 of all Americans are overweight. Hayley herself is very disturbed about her eating habits. She has the urge to stop, but then wants, so badly, to start eating again. Hayley's mom also thinks that what matters is what you look like. She's obviously going to stick to that, and try to persuade Hayley that looking skinny is all that matters. So, Hayley's mom sent her to Italy for the summer to loose weight. My problem is fitting in, or at least worrying about it. She learns that she doesn't need to worry so much to succeed. Me too.
I myself, worry that I have to fit into a puzzle. I'm a piece. A single piece. I have to choose which puzzle to fit into. I learned from the book that, I should love myself for myself. Hayley is worried about the same thing. That will never fit in, will never get the dream man, or fit into the dream clothes. She learned from her experiences, that not worrying about looking too much will let her loose the weight easier. She goes to Italy to loose weight. She does, and she gets her dream guy too. Most important, she makes a goal. Her goal is to get to the top of the mountain. My goal is too finally not care what people think about me. Both of our goals are physical, and mental. Pleasing everyone can make you feel good but, you'll realize that that's who you want to be. Like all of the other people. Important, but your like brown paint on a brown canvas. Never seen, never noticed.
When I think about it, sure, I can do this and that that to make myself fit in, but after reading Pretty Face I don't care anymore. What matters is on the inside. In other words, I love me. For me.