Do I Need a Boyfriend? (Unabridged)
by Jessica Arnold
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When she gets back from spring break, Monica notices that her friendship with April has changed ever since she got a boyfriend. The time she spends with Monica isn't as fun as it used to be. April is stressed out about her boyfriend and other times she's happy. She talks of nothing else even though the two friends are usually planning activities for April's birthday. Monica tells her friend she thinks that she is too young to have a boyfriend because they have some growing up to do! She talks to her mother, and feels at peace with her decision not to date, but the next day at school Monica has to deal with the pressures of standing up for what she feels is right. She is frustrated that her friendship with April is going downhill, but she doesn't know how to get her to realize it. Monica thinks that having a boyfriend sounds like a roller coaster! Is there anyone that can help? Is she the only one that doesn't want to have a boyfriend?