Posted by Lisa Schroeder on Tuesday, February 15, 2011
So today we're going to talk about rivalry in high school. Because tomorrow, we're so excited that Sara Bennett Wealer's debut YA novel, RIVAL, is released!! I've heard wonderful things about her book and can't wait to read it.
On her personal blog, Sara has been highlighting famous rivalries. I've enjoyed reading about them, because I find it so fascinating. Here is one where she talked about Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. That was big news where I lived because Tonya lived in Oregon at the time. She still might live here, but I haven't really kept track. If you know the story, you can understand why.
I wasn't a very competitive person in high school. It's not really my nature. Like, I don't know what it feels like to want to get a part in a play so badly or to earn the pitcher's spot on the softball team that you hate the person competing against you for that part or the spot.
However, there was this sophomore guy I liked my freshman year and a certain beautiful girl that made my claws come out. Is that rivalry?
I mean, the girl was SO beautiful. And she was new to our school. So every single guy seemed to have his eyes on her. And this guy I liked, who I'd gotten to know as a friend during football season, as we travelled as a group around to away football games during the playoffs, was really interested in her. And it started to feel like a competition. Can I get him to talk to me today more than he talks to her? If I ask him to the Winter Formal before she gets a chance, would he go with me? Well, I did, and he said yes. But only because his crush had asked someone else. Yes, he told me he'd wanted to go with her, but she'd asked someone else. That should have clued me in to the type of guy he was.
So... what about you? Any rivalry stories you'd care to share? Involving you, someone else, or, you know, even a couple of birds?