As I’ve mentioned in ten thousand other threads, I’m working on a novel. I’d like a little feedback from the group on one passage in particular. It’s female Dopers’ opinions I’m especially interested in, but anyone who wants to chime in is welcome.
First a little background. My novel is the story of two children, Hannah and Andy, 13 & 14 years old, respectively. They are best friends; one might call them soul-mates. Andy is athletic and extremely popular. By contrast Hannah comes from a stultifying and unpleasant family; her only human friends are Andy and his older sister Rosemary, and Hannah believes, or fears, that Rosemary is only her friend because of Andy. Theirs is a definite big-brother/little sister relationship.
In the passage I’m excerpting, Hannah has just returned from her first day of high school (she’s extremely bright and has jumped two grades). Having spent the summer out of the country with her family, she finds that she has gotten a reputation over the summer, thanks to Michael Summers, a boy who surprised her by flirting with her at the end of the previous school year. Going to Andy for comfort, Hannah is shocked to find Michael and two of his friends in Andy’s room. Andy’s new stepbrother, Christopher, is friends with Michael and his group, which calls itself the “Posse.”
Here’s the scene I’m wondering about, with the relevant passage boldfaced:
Does this scene seem emotionally true to you?
Thanks in advance,