Willa is an absolute sweetheart of a girl! You don't have to be the prettiest or most popular girl in the school, to be like Willa. Everyone knows that it's the measure of the heartfelt caring and sharing, empathy, love, and compassion, for the people around you--for family and friends, and potential friends-to-be, that are a mark of a truly great human being, and real, deep down, all-of-the-way-through "beauty. I'd rather have one Willa for my friend, than a thousand "pretty," narcissistic, bratty, "popular" rich brats for friends. True friends lift you up when you're feeling down, they'll share the last of their last French Fries, or loan you the coat off of their back when you get cold. If you're hurt, they're right beside you holding your hand, easing your pain. They give you moral support when it feels like your world is at an end, hugs just "because," you need them, and understanding when you least deserve or expect it. They're a lifelong, constant source of friendship, courage, strength, humor and laughter, shenanigans, and a little bit of everything else that makes one's life worthwhile, during good times and bad, and all of the in-between stuff. One good, true, wonderful friend like Willa or Marley, is worth their weight in gold! And sometimes, you're lucky enough during your lifetime, to find that special person, who sets the bar so high, that everyone wants to be her, or be like her. Ultimately, it's not what you see on the outside that's important, but what's on the inside, that defines a real, true friend.
If you have wondered how to teach your children, adolescent, or someone else you know that could use them, morals, then gifting them this book is a mighty fine place to start in teaching them the basics!
Thanks, Linda Rey, for another beautifully written book about teen angst, friendship, and being the very best possible people that we can be, regardless of gender, color, or disabilities! It's been an absolute pleasure going on yet another charming, sweet, journey with Willa. And I look forward to reading more about Willa and her adventures in future books.