In 5th grade I became best friends with this girl named Jenny. She seemed like she would be a very good friend. I guess that’s when I learned that you should never judge a book by its cover. I soon learned that she was the exact opposite of a good friend. She would put me down, say mean things about me to other people, and toward the end of our friendship she would be mean to my other friends. I would tell myself that she was just having a bad day or that I was just imagining things. We did have a lot of fun things together although, through teenage peer pressure, I mostly got in trouble with her. Every day my self esteem would be lowered in some way by her.
She would tell me that I looked like a hippo in my clothes and that I needed to lose a lot of weight because I was fat. She would try and get me to starve myself. She got mad when I wouldn’t listen to her, so finally I just gave up and did what she wanted because I wanted my best friend to be happy. I only managed to starve myself for a week. Starving yourself is very unhealthy it causes you a lot of problems. Jenny ended up in the hospital after two months of starving herself. She couldn’t smell food without getting sick. You should never give in to what your friends tell you to do if there’s any doubt in your mind that it can hurt you or that it’s wrong. She would also tell me that she only would hang out with ugly people to make her look better than she already did.
Eventually I stopped hanging out with her so much. I would only talk to her about once a month if that. My self esteem was gradually increasing. I started hanging out with better friends. I was doing well.
What do you think about this story? What would you do in this situation.