August 31, 2011 Rejected Book Plot #153
From the author that read such Judy Blume classics as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing and Superfudge comes a tale of two girls who seem to have nothing in common until they begin writing to each other for a school project and find out they have more in common than they thought. (Before you go there, it isn’t like Beaches. Okay, it’s kind of like Beaches. But it is different enough to not be sued over. For example: Bette Midler isn’t in this. Also, they never meet- they only correspond. Also, it is the rich one who can sing and the poor one who lives in her shadow. Also, no one dies. Also, sorry if I just ruined the ending to Beaches for you.)
Natalie is from a well-to-do family with a knack for bluesy tunes. Betty lives two towns over on the wrong side of the tracks and dreams of what life is like on the big plantations on the right side of the tracks. When the two get paired up for a pen pal assignment they learn valuable lessons in the importance of a budget, warming up your vocal cords before a big audition and no matter what side of the tracks you’re on- you can’t escape cramps.
Pen Pals is a relatable story for any female who has ever been 14 and really, really wealthy and had to write letters to some poor schmuck who would never understand just how hard getting everything you want can be or have ever been the poor schmuck who was asked to pity the poor little rich girl and found yourself doing so. For everyone else, it makes a great stocking stuffer!