Max points to an interesting article on how to write a college admissions essay. My school gave you a list of topics from which you had to choose, but most of them were boring “Read this Maya Angelou book and tell us how it affected you” type crap. I went for the “Write about your hero” option. So who was my hero? See if you can guess. I wrote about her love for her family (even though she fought with her sister a lot), her spunk and imagination (especially that time she squeezed all the toothpaste into the sink), her unconventionality (and the way she’d pull perfect Susan’s boing-boing curls), and her sensitivity and courage (like when the girls had to bury Picky-Picky). So who was it?

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  1. me? wait, oh yeah…ramona quimby. sorry i ruined it so quickly for all those guessers.

  2. My sister nailed it. Of course, she was around when I wrote the damn thing, so that wasn’t very fair.

  3. emm..did u write about the pink tellytubby LaLa?

  4. Oh wow, I haven’t read any Beverly Cleary in AGES. I read them all when I was a kid, but I think I liked the Judy Blume books better (sorry).

  5. Hmmm, I liked Judy Blume, but not a lot of her stuff really resonated with me. “Deenie” is the only one I really remember, and that’s mostly because I had an irrational fear of getting scoliosis. (I was a worrisome child.) The Fudge books were good, but I always identified more with Peter but got the feeling that everybody else thought Fudge was the fun one. Which is kinda what Peter himself thought, right? But anyway, Ramona’s family were much closer to mine. In fact, whenever I read those books I pictured Ramona’s neighborhood as the one my babysitter lived in, with Howie and Willa Jean’s house down on the corner. I too knew the joy of a brand new box of crayons and wished I had a doll named “Chevrolet”. But I’m revealing too much, aren’t I? 🙂

    (Ouch. Judy Blume‘s site will make your eyes bleed.)

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