Teen Tales Guest Post: Jenny Morris on Unrequited Love

Sep 26, 2011

Teen Tales is a weekly feature connecting the YA experience with YA literature. Today, we've got a guest post from Jenny Morris! Here's a little about her before we get started:


I am 6 of 7 children and have lived in 3 of the 4 A’s states, but I currently call Oregon my home. In an alternate reality, I would have been a totally cool Rock Star or a Ninja with Wings, who saved the day. But, in this reality I put pen to paper and I pretend. I am a wife, mother, and I hope one day, a published author.

Now to the post!

It was my sophomore year in high school, and I’d just started my first job. He was tall, with feathery brown hair. His hazel green eyes popped, because of his naturally tan skin, and he had WAY kissable plump limps. We made pizzas together, and he had my heart. Too bad his heart wasn’t available.

During the 9 months I worked with him, I analyzed every detail of our interaction with one another. I made excuses to stay late, if he had the late shift. Every glance or smile confirmed that he really wanted to be with me, he just couldn’t bring himself to hurt his girlfriend.

Then one glorious night, my co-worker and co-crusher, (I didn’t know that part until just a few weeks ago) told me that he broke up with his girlfriend. Finally, my guy with kissable lips was free. So, the next time we worked together, I made sure I stayed late. And we sat in his baby blue VW bug, and talked. What did we say? I have NO idea, but it ended in a kiss.

There is much argument as to who initiated this kiss. He swears that sweet little Jenny Sue, attacked him and made him kiss her. It was all a haze though, so I can’t argue with him. I just remember leaning in, and bam, we were kissing.

Why the argument? He only broke up with his girlfriend for a day. They were already back together. Oh, poor little Jenny Sue.

In my teenage girl mind, little things added up to so much. Each smile, conversation, that deep look he gave me with those hazel eyes. The way he laughed at my silly jokes, as he touched my arm. They all added up to mean he liked me.

Did this guy ever like me? Or did he just like to flirt? I wanted him to like me. So, that’s what I believed. I wanted him to kiss me, and that’s what happened. But, he stayed with his girlfriend. So, I guess he didn’t really like me, did he?

How do I apply this to my writing?

All the little things people do add up and become the story. When I’m reading a book, I love when the author allows the little things to tell the love story. You can use your MC’s perception of an event, as an amazing tool. Sometimes perception is EVERYTHING.

*I e-mailed my co-worker/co-crusher to ask what color this guy’s eyes were, and she informed me that she ran into him a few weeks ago. Guess what? I totally dodged a bullet with that one.

12 comments:

Meredith said...

Haha, yay for dodging a bullet! But I definitely had those kind of crushes in high school, where I analyzed EVERYTHING. Too cute.

Abby said...

LOL. Shallee- it's so fun to have Jenny on your blog today. She is awesome. What a great story and I love using POV as a tool. It's SO TRUE! I was totally lost in this story and think we should all chant crazy voodoo words and the butthead co-worker ;)

Jolene Perry said...

Jenny - you are too much fun. Seriously.

I tell my husband that if we hadn't gotten together, he'd have been my drunken call boy. The guy I called or stalked on FBook when things in my life weren't going well.
But dodged a bullet, pretty funny :D

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Avoid those guy who break up with one guy one day and kiss a new girl the same day.
Great insight on applying our own experiences to your writing.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Enjoyed Jenny's post. I find the one-day break up odd. I think the guy wanted to kiss Jenny too but minus the guilt, hence the one day break up :)

David Powers King said...

Isn't Jenny awesome? Of course she is! And her quest post is an excellent resource (and brings me back to my HS days).

Thanks for hosting her, Shallee! :)

Deana said...

Oh gosh I totally related to this. Staying late cause I just knew my co-worker was into me. Wow, we read into everything don't we? I loved this!

Alexandra Shostak said...

What a fantastic idea, to write teen tales. And what a reminder of how painful and awkward and confusing it was to be a teenager!

Jessie Humphries said...

So he was in a Ross from Friends "break?" Sucky.

Jenny S. Morris said...

Thanks Shallee, for having me. This was a lot of fun to do. I'm so glad I'm not in high school anymore. ;0)

Jennifer Lee Young said...

You are so right Jenny, the little things definitely tell the story. Thanks for sharing! I'm loving your blog Shallee :)

Kari Marie said...

We are fond of saying "Perception is reality" in our house. It's true on all levels of life. Great post!

"I totally dodged a bullet with that one." = pure delight.

 
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