Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Introducing Advice From Miss Swoon!

To celebrate the release of Swoon At Your Own Risk, I'm introducing a new weekly blog feature: Advice From Miss Swoon. While I wrote all the advice columns in the novel, these questions will be answered by a real psychologist with a Ph.D. Hope you enjoy it!

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Dear Miss Swoon:

My friend and I both like the same guy (he's like the only guy worth liking in my entire school, BTW). The problem: last week after choir practice, he confessed that he has feelings for ME. Should I tell my friend? I don't want to ruin my friendship or make her feel bad. But I do like this guy. –Singing The Blues

Dear Singing:

There are some things best told only to your diary. This sounds like one of them. Not hurting your best girlfriend’s feelings is very kind and smart at the same time. There’s lots of wisdom out there about cherishing your girlfriends because they can last through the ups and downs as boyfriends come and go.

Take a wait-and-see attitude about this delicious news of being liked by who you like. For one thing, it won’t become gossip (a no-gossip policy will endear you to all your boyfriends) and for another, it’s the MOST fun not to rush these things! Yay for flirting!

Now I have a question for you, Singing. Do you attend an old fashioned one-room school? I’m guessing you do! That would be the only way the cutie-in-question could possibly be the ONLY cutie in school! Oh, you don’t? Then…

Are you up for some scientific research? How about this: you and your best friend figure out what you really, really like about the cutie-in-question and see just how many other boys have those qualities too. Cultivating the scientific method and critical thinking in yourself is an excellent thing. You might be quite surprised at all the cute guys that actually attend your school. And this is a project you and your friend can BOTH rock out on! –Miss Swoon

Miss Swoon is a licensed psychologist who has a special affinity for her adolescent clients.
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  1. Miss Swoon sounds like she knows what she's talking about. I wish I knew her in high school.

  2. Omg! My school has the same problem! There are only like three guys in my ENTIRE school that are worth liking.

  3. love love love Miss Swoon, especially in the book :) wish I had an awesome (even if somewhat strange) grandmother like her!