I was going to post this final love letter on Valentine’s Day, but between the three guest blog posts I had out that same day and the fact that no one was actually home, I decided to hold off. Then, with all the ice and snow keeping me home all week, I decided to dedicate myself to new writing instead of blogging. So… that said. Here it is, the final letter for my Book Boyfriend Love Letter theme, and it’s based on my new book Passing Notes. A word about this: a main plot point of the book is about a boy learning to write a love letter. I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that he does, in fact, write one before the book ends. The reaction to it and resulting actions, well, that I’ll let you read the book to find out. All that said, the letter itself is not in the book. If you’ve read the book already, you may enjoy finding out what Mark wrote. If you haven’t read the book yet, maybe this will intrigue you to find out how it fits in the story.
Finally, if you enjoyed this letter, please scroll back to read some lovely posts over the past month from many guest authors. We had a lot of fun, and I have a couple fun ideas for creative writing themes later in the year. Stay tuned… Oh, and please leave a comment.
Mark has finally gotten the attention of the girl of his dreams. Only, his lame attempts at romance through texts and emails seem to be turning her off. When he gets put in the back of the room in an over-full class at school, he begins to discover old notes giving advice about how to write a great love letter. At first he thinks he’s stumbled on some long-forgotten notes passed in class ages ago, but every time he reads them they seem directed specifically to him. They also appear at the perfect moment each time he needs more advice.
It’s like someone is haunting him. How do the notes keep appearing? Who’s writing them? Why?
And if Mark follows the ghostly writer’s advice, will he win Bethany’s love?
I’m not a person who reads books. I don’t know how I could impress a girl like you – someone so well-read and well-spoken. Iknow the boys and men in the books you read say amazing things. They have all the right words at the perfect moments. It’s no wonder girls go crazy for that. I would too.
But then I remember – those words spoken by those boys aren’t really theirs. The boys are characters imagined by authors who are (or were) older and much smarter than me. These authors thought a lot about their stories and planned what their characters would say and do. Those beautiful, perfect words weren’t spontaneous or in real time. I’m not sure anyone is that clever. The only way I could come up with words of romance on the spot like that would be if a ghost whispered all the things I should say into my ear to repeat to you. Since that isn't happening, I decided to take some time and think through what I wanted to say and write it out for you.
I’m not trying to tear down your books. I love that you love them. I just want you to know that while I’m not the most eloquent guy (I know, big word, right?), I sure will try hard to be. And where I might not be the best and speaking or writing, I am really awesome at a different skill: listening to you.
I want to be there for you. I want to be what you need. If it’s just a friendship, that’s okay, but don’t hide from me. Let me really be a friend, one who will cherish you and treat you the way you deserve.
I hope you’ll respond.
Did it catch your attention? Passing Notes is a novella of only 61 pages and is available as an ebook for all e-reading devices. Here’s a couple places where you can find it.
Fire and ice (publisher)
D. G. Driver
Author of Young Adult books Cry of the Sea and Passing Notes.