Alanna’s favorite class quickly became FCS, and it wasn’t because of the cooking or the sewing. It was because of the people.
With Madalaine, Amanda, and Shelly, Alanna felt comfortable. She could be herself around them. The four of them decided early on that they didn’t want to let anything get in the way of their friendship—especially boys. They made a pact to ensure that this wouldn’t happen.
Amanda was excited to hear that Alanna was thinking about trying out for the basketball team, and gave her a lot of support and encouragement. However, she also double-checked with Alanna: “Do you want to join the team? I feel kind of like I’m pushing you or something. If it’s not something you want to do, don’t do it.” This showed that she was a good friend because she was willing to put her friends’ desires ahead of her own.
The girls celebrated with each other when any of them had a success—when Alanna and Amanda made the basketball team, when Madalaine got into student council, and when Madalaine had been going out with Daniel for two and a half weeks. When Alanna had a problem (being unsure of what to do about the Travis situation), her friends talked through it with her and gave her advice.