LIKE MANDARIN is about two girls, Grace and Mandarin, and when they're united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic.
The title comes from Grace wanting to be "like Mandarin." So it got me thinking about what girl I wanted to be like in high school. I think there were a few, but the one who stands out in my mind the most is my friend Dawn. She was so beautiful in high school, but not only that, she had this way about her that was special and magnetic. Everyone wanted to be Dawn's friend. She was the type of person who, as soon as you started talking to her, you knew she would be fun to hang around with. And she was! I was more quiet and reserved, so anyone who had a fun and outgoing personality drew me in and made me wish I could be more like that.
What about you? Is there a friend who stands out in your mind who is or was the one person you wanted to be like? What qualities did he/she have that you didn't have, and wished you did?