St. Malachy School
Dear Joyce Carol Gates,
Freaky Green Eyes was a marvelous book (I don't read realistic fiction very often); it made me realize the pain one can have during a divorce, how painful lies are, and why strong love and relationships are important. To add to the list, Freaky Green Eyes really shouted that violence is wrong.
I always knew that having a divorce must be painful, but this took the whole perspective to a new level. The father and the mother were never really made for each other, or at least Reid didn't deserve Krista, and there is a ring of truth when he said "Why did you marry Reid Pierson if you don't want to be his wife?!" Franky grew away from her loving mother from pain, and that was even more painful than the divorce. Perhaps it was that I understand Franky, or we are close in age, that made me feel the hurt of her fighting parents.
Not only did it open my eyes to the pain, but to lies. I know lies are wrong, but this made the whistle blow louder than anything else. For a friend like Franky, this journey was one I never wanted to see happen to her, and yet I couldn't do anything; it's like trying to help a friend while you're stuck in a doctor's office having a very long, boring checkup.
I understand now more strongly than I did before about having a loving relationship with someone; it makes for a long time together and trust. Franky never found that with her mother because of her father dishing the dirt on Krista.
Freaky Green Eyes was like a little sign saying "Be thankful!" To word it frankly, it told me that I was lucky that my parents love each other, and that I have loving brothers and sisters. It was like finding a piece of chocolate in a pile of cereal; I thought it was okay, nothing special, until I found the chocolate and realized I was the one with the chocolate among others who hadn't found any. I was suddenly thankful for my family. What more do you need from a book?
I told my mother about Reid abusing Samantha and Franky, and she told me it was wrong, no excuses. Reid was never a good father, in my opinion. He favored Todd over his daughters and wife, and abused the girls in the family. However, Franky stood strong through the abuse; she knew she did the right thing and would not apologize. I admire her for that.
True, Freaky Green Eyes wasn't what I usually read (I mostly read fantasy), but it was one I enjoyed immensely. So, one more time: Thank you, Joyce Carol Gates, for writing Freaky Green Eyes and making a friend like Franky. I admire her courage as she told the truth. I always felt the sadness and anger as she chose her side. Though this book isn't what I usually read, it is one I will certainly read again. I am no stranger to the power of words, but I have never seen this type of power.