Last time we read chapters 21-23 of Best Friends…Forever and you can find the previous sessions here: www.krystenlindsay.com/reading-guide.html
In chapter 21, Landry talks with Ashanti and they get their misunderstanding cleared up.
What did you notice about how they dealt their situation? How has Landry handled things differently with her friends since her talk with her dad? How have things gone differently with her friends Devon, India, Peyton, and Ashanti since her dad’s advice?
Landry mentions that Yasmin isn’t nice unless she’s talking to someone who was, “either a guy or met her standards of being cute, popular, and rich.” Have you known anyone who treats people that way?
In chapter 22 we see a lot of changes in Landry in this chapter. She acts very different than she did in the first book and even in the first part of this book. She stands up for Thalia for one and also shows more confidence. Make a list of the changes you notice in Landry in this chapter.
Things are still complicated between Landry and Tori as we see in the scene set in the cafeteria. Write about how that scene made you feel.
We also see in this chapter that Landry is worried about the high school orientation coming up. You can see Landry has a lot of emotions about starting a new school next year and basically starting from scratch. Have you either had to start a new school or are you worried about it?
Write down things that you’re worried about either with starting a new school or starting/continuing high school or middle school. Then go through them and see what it is that worries you about each one—is it making new friends? Finding your classes in a new (bigger) building? Go through each one and see if you can find some ways to take away the scariness behind them. Can you tour the building or get a map of it to see where your classes are? Can you ask around or post online to see who you know that is going to that school? Maybe you know people who have friends going there that they could introduce you to. It always helps to have a game plan.
In chapter 23 we see Landry and Ashanti at freshman information night and how they feel so out of place at the high school. Landry has trouble meeting new people there and feels overwhelmed.
Mr. Russell asked me what I thought of the school, and I just shrugged and said it seemed big. The truth was I had no idea how I was going to handle it. It seemed like there were twenty-thousand students at the freshman info night, so what would it be like when all four grades were there together? Plus, I only knew people from Hillcrest. I didn't meet one new person that night, and the only other high school student I knew was Vladi, and he had broken up with me, so he wouldn't want to hang around with me next year.
How did the scene at the high school make you feel? Could you relate to Landry or Ashanti more in this?
Behind the scenes: I was terrified of starting high school. Landry’s freshman information night was very much how mine went down to the going with another friend and her step-dad although my dad met us there. I’ll never forget how they split us up alphabetically and I wasn’t worried at first because my friend and I had the same first letter in our last names…and then they managed to do the split with by the first two letters of my last name and put her in another group! It was terrifying. Even the mascara girl was there and I remember how everyone looked so much older than the eighth graders from my small private school. It was loud and crowded and scary. I was never more scared of anything than I was starting 9th grade. Yet my freshman year ended up being pretty amazing.
Have you ever been terrified of something and it turned out to be fine in the end? How did you feel after? Did you feel like you were able to handle more than you thought? Or maybe you realized sometimes things that seem scary aren’t so bad in the end. Journal about your own experience and then go back to it the next time you’re worried or scared about something. Feel free to share it online and hashtag it #LandrysTrueColorsProject.
Read chapters 24-26 for next time!
Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.