I always look forward to reading new books for many reasons mainly to meet new characters. Books are my world and characters are my best friends. Whenever I love a character then that book becomes my favorite and I can read it more than once. I imagine how the real world would be if those characters were real. Sometimes I write them letters as I did in a previous post. Here is my other letter to my new friends that I made this year.
- To Adunni (from The girl with the louding voice by Abi Dare)
Warm hug Adunni. I don’t know where to start from but I want you to know that life in school and after will be better. You’ve shown me how it feels like to be motherless and living with an alcoholic father. You were such a resilient young girl. I didn’t know how to handle a forced marriage and wife rivalries but your friendship with Kadidja was one of a kind. The way she treated you well and helped you with house chores plus getting over Labaka’s bullies; was mesmerizing. I was happier when she made that herbal medicine for you to not get pregnant. You shouldn’t be young and a mother at the same time. I loved your way of hoping for a better tomorrow when you lived the harshness, beatings, and rape at big daddy’s house. It was bitter and scary to read but I couldn’t let you down. I hope I find, and be, Tia in my daily life. To be someone’s friend in times of hardships and do my best to help them out. I love you Adunni and I’m thankful that we crossed paths.
- To Emira (from Such a fun age by Kiley Reid)
Hey Emira, you made me laugh hard. Your life is similar to mine to some extent. I was like you when I finished university. Watching your closest friends move closer to successful careers and financial stability while stuck working part-time at different jobs. It sucks. What I loved more is the way you developed a sense of confidence regarding what you are good at and what your goals are. And with the positivity you created for yourself and around you, I believe it’s what resolved your difficulties with knowing what you want to do and be. You were fun to spend time with, dear Emira.