Suzette: The Fake Friend
“That’s what friends are for,” Suzette Quincy says coaxingly to Shevea in Book #33, begging and pleading Shevea to share her study guide answers. “It’s just friends helping each other out. It’s not cheating!”
Would you consider Suzette to be Shevea’s friend?
Suzette is a prime example of a fake friend, otherwise known as a USER. She doesn’t really care about Shevea. She’s not interested in hanging out with Shevea (except to do homework) or getting to know her better. Suzette is only interested in using Shevea’s intelligence and hard work to do well in her science class.
If you have a “friend” like Suzette, WATCH OUT. Fake friends don’t care about your feelings. They don’t care what happens to you. They’re using you for their personal gain, and that’s it.
That’s not to say that real friends can’t help each other out. Real friends do help each other out—like Kim and Shevea helping Allisen study for the spelling bee, or Stivre creating campaign materials for Jack during the election. It’s okay for friends to ask you for favors, or to request your assistance with something. Even studying for a test. It’s just when they start only wanting you for what you have, rather than for what you are, that it becomes a problem.