Dear Linda B. Comerford,
"Be true to yourself," they say. "Dare to be different." While reading your book, Rissa Bartholemew 's Declaration Of Independence, I thought, "Am I independent?" "Am I outgoing and make friends easily?" In your book, Rissa tries to be independent just like Violet. I wasn't very much like Violet because I’m usually dependent on other things or people. Before I read your book, I used to be like Rissa, depending on other people. Violet doesn't care what other people think about her, she does her own things. Things like as reading her favorite books even though, they might seem boring to other people. After reading your book, I tried to be more self reliant and outgoing.
At my school, there are times where we can work with a partner. Studying together is usually easier because there are two brains, but after I read your book, I realized that I should try homework assignments or projects by myself sometimes. I tried working by myself and there was a great feeling in me because I figured it out by myself and got a good grade.
I also learned to be more outgoing, so I could make friends easily. Rissa needed a new friend after her fight with Beth and the others. She had to be outgoing and look for a different person. When I went to camp, I felt just like Rissa. I already had a few friends, but they were in different groups. I was eager to make a new one, so I tried to be just like Rissa and make a new friend. Something I tried to do that Rissa did was say hello and introduce myself. I tried to be friendly, and I asked her some questions. That way, I got to know her better. In a day, I had a new friend.
Another time I needed to be like Rissa was in swim team during practice. There were about 5 people in my lane, but we didn't know each other very well. After we swam together a few times, we got to know each other well. We talked to each other a lot and played in the water together between workouts. We introduced ourselves. As a result, we became friends and had a great time together.
Your book inspired me to be self-reliant, outgoing, and be true to myself. You shouldn't be different than who you are just to make friends. I think Violet made the right choice in the book and made friends. I feel better about myself and I'm true to myself. Thank you!