Reviews For On Making Friends
Reviewer: Welshgreengrl
Date: 11/14/07 18:08
Chapter: On Making Friends

awww soooo sad!!! poor harry!!! good story!
-leanne

Author's Response: This is possibly my saddest fanfiction. It's the only one that made me cry when I finished writing it, at least. Poor Harry indeed. Poor Christina, though, too! We've all been on both ends of the situation they were in. It's a very sad thing, but it happens all the time.

Reviewer: kelly_58
Date: 06/08/07 19:37
Chapter: On Making Friends

awwwww!! i almost cried! that is sooooo sad!

Author's Response: Aw, thank you! I was sort of crying while I was writing it. I think the last line was especially cruel of me. But that's really what I was going for.

Reviewer: sunshine
Date: 11/19/06 16:29
Chapter: On Making Friends

Between Jewish History class and coming back from the Holocaust Museum, I'd have to agree with you on that point.

OMG quadruple post! Your story really sets my mind turning. I think that's kind of how Nazi Germany started--whoever wasn't helping the big bad bully was intimidated into doing so, while a scapegoat had to suffer.
See? I'm thinking of so many things I wouldn't have thought of before : )

Author's Response: OMG!! I've never gotten a triple post before, never mind a quadruple post! You're the best!! I'm so so glad that my story is making you think, because that's exactly what I like to make my readers do. You really have some wonderful points and comparisons (as with Nazi Germany) that even I didn't think of. Which is what I love so very much about writing--each person makes different connections and comes out with different ideas. Thank you so much!

Reviewer: sunshine
Date: 11/14/06 16:46
Chapter: On Making Friends

Make that a triple review.
I just wanted to comment that I've been in a tiny girls' private school for elementary, and now I'm in a tiny girls' private school for high school. I don't think we're cliquey (sp?) at all. Both the schools have like, the NICEST people. Of course, there are a few snobs, but that's anywhere you go. You just have to learn to work around them. : )

Author's Response: Yeah, it's different in different places. My private school was a Christian school, and (as a Christian, I am so so embarrassed to say this) it's really surprising how much less accepting Christians are than other people. But you went to a girls' private school, and mine was coed. That could have also made a difference. See, I was a guy, but I hung around girls quite a bit even as a youngster, so I was considered really weird for that (even now I have a lot more girl friends than guy friends, but I'm in high school, so it isn't as big a deal). Oh, and I'm glad to see you put the comma in girls' at the end! I LOVE it when people get their grammar correct!

Reviewer: sunshine
Date: 11/13/06 21:35
Chapter: On Making Friends

Yeah, I mean, even if I might not do it now, I'd definitely do it at eight. I guess as people grow up they learn to stand up more, that as long as they're doing the right thing, other people's opinion of them isn't worht anything...I wonder if Christina ever does. I think this whole world is filled with a bunch of Margarets and Christinas. Like someone once said, I think it was Einstein: "The world isn't evil because of evil people, but because of the people who let evil happen." --or s/t along those lines...

Your story makes me think. I like that.
Thanks : )

Author's Response: I'd hope I wouldn't act like Christina did. I'm still only 16, so I don't yet know what I'd do. But I have found that, in public school at least (where there is most every kind of person), as long as you're nice and polite and considerate of people, at least some people will like you, no matter how different you are. But that's in an American public high school. Elementary kids are a lot more into being like other people and imitating the best of the best. But maybe that's just my perception since I went to a tiny private school in elementary. Those tiny private school suffer massively from cliques, and I was too different to fit in any of them. I'm glad I made you think with this story. It was really quite a lucky idea that I though it up--you know, just one of those sudden brainbursts that outshines all the other stories that I've been planning for the past months/years. And was even hard to start writing it until about halfway through. But that's how storywriting goes. Thank you for the double review!

Reviewer: sunshine
Date: 11/09/06 21:06
Chapter: On Making Friends

I don't have much to add to what everyone else said...
I think on eof the best and worst things about this story is that I see myself in Christina--I know I probably would have acted like her.
THis story is amazingly well-written: it's marvelous, fantastic, specatacular, (add words of your choice) and most of all...it's real.


Wow : )


*adds story to favorites*

Author's Response: Truth is, I'd probably do what Christina did also. I like being different, but not when everyone hates me for it. Heck, we're not the only ones. Thanks for the compliments! *thanks you for adding story to favorites*

Reviewer: azaneti
Date: 11/09/06 13:06
Chapter: On Making Friends

Aww! So sad...Poor girl, it really isn't easy going against the stream.

Author's Response: Gosh, don't we all know it. Christina did what most of us would have done, were we in her situation. So I can't hate her as a person for doing it (how could I hate her when I devoted a story to her??).

Reviewer: KenF
Date: 11/09/06 6:58
Chapter: On Making Friends

I can see it happening in the real world, and I can see it happening repeatedly to Harry. I still wonder how he managed NOT to turn into the next dark lord.

Author's Response: Thank God for Ron and Hermione. I believe it was them who saved him from going down the same path as Voldemort. Poor Harry; he had a HARD HARD HARD 10 years with the Dursleys.

Reviewer: nuw255
Date: 11/07/06 22:16
Chapter: On Making Friends

*wipes tear* That was so sad, yet so brutally realistic. If only she knew who he really was and that he would probably save her life one day. If only all of them knew....

Author's Response: It is indeed brutal. Sadly, that's life :( If they all had known, I'm sure they would have deserted Dudley and gang and followed after Harry. But they didn't know, and neither did Harry. . . Darn those Dursleys!

Reviewer: miss_songbreeze
Date: 11/07/06 20:16
Chapter: On Making Friends

This is so sweet! But shame on you, you made me cry!! That happens all the time now-a-days, and it's really sad. I'm not the coolest person in our class either, and no one but my 2 best friends like me much. Poor Harry! I love this one-shot. It's so nice. Maybe you could have another one-shot that they meet? I think that would be really awesome.
Excellent!
-miss_songbreeze

Author's Response: I feel no shame :) I love making people cry, myself included. It was the last line that got me personally, especially with the carelessness in which Christina's mom threw it out. I'm glad you have 2 best friends instead of none (like Harry here). I used to have one in third and forth grade, then one in fifth grade, then absolutely none in 6th. But then I went to public school and got lots of friends because people there are more accepting.

Reviewer: Peridot_Horntail
Date: 11/07/06 15:45
Chapter: On Making Friends

You know what they say...what is the price of popularity?

And the answer? Your soul.

Author's Response: Gosh, that's just too true :( Too many peoples nowadays are concerned about popularity. I was like an uber quiet youngster in elementary school, and somewhat easily embarrassed. Nowadays I'm one of the craziest guys I know (I almost go out of my way to be abnormal), but people seem to love me much more because of it. Actually, it's probably just the difference between more mature high schoolers in public school and the immature elementary kids in private schools. Oh, well. Just be considerate and be yourself (especially the first), and somebody will appreciate it. . .

Reviewer: siriusluvr1333
Date: 11/07/06 15:10
Chapter: On Making Friends

Oh, this is such a sad, yet very honest story. It would be hard for anyone to give up having friends just for one boy, her actions were very realistic . . . still . . it's so sad becuase you never really read stories where Harry's in school and when you think about how rough he had going all through elementary with no friends . . .really well writtten, i enjoyed it a lot
~Siriusluvr

Author's Response: It is indeed very honest. I sort of got Harry's receiving end in 6th grade (though not quite as severe, because my teachers still liked me, and the girls at least thought I was sort of okay). But as I was writing it I knew it could only lead to the inevitable ending. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it, because I really enjoyed writing it :)

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