Where’s Your Della ‘tude?

Eternal

Today’s the day!  Della is running loose and wild and I hope, jumping off the bookshelves. If you haven’t snagged your copy yet, you can buy Eternal at  Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  Kobo, and iBooks. To celebrate I’m doing lots of giveaways so pay attention.

Della, she’s spunky.  She’s sassy.  She’s not the kind of girlfriend you ask if those jeans make your butt look big because she will tell you the truth.  There’s no sugar coating the truth from Della.  That said, I still know I’d love to call Della my friend.  I’ll even go one step further and say I think we all could learn a thing or two from this kick-butt vampire.  Not that I don’t have a little Della in me already.

You see, when you create a character, you pull her personality from your own.  No, I’m not nearly as spunky as this girl, and I know when I was young, I could have benefited from a little more Della persona, but there was a time or two that the Della inside me came out.

I particularly remember a time when I was in ninth grade.  And in reality, I was much more like Kylie than Della at that age.  I was quiet, I didn’t fit in.  All I wanted was to fade into the wallpaper.  Ahh, but there were the bullies.  And they liked to pick on the quiet ones.  I’d never done anything to this one girl, hadn’t even spoken to her, but she’d spoken to me plenty.  She was a known trouble maker. In and out of trouble all the time.

Walking home from school, she’d call me names and taunt me.  It was as if she wanted to make me mad.  I ignored her and I think that just made her madder.  She was getting more and more confrontational.  I even started hanging out at school a while after classes, hoping I wouldn’t have to face her. One Friday, after a pep rally, I’d bought a coke and started my walk home.  I wasn’t even off school property when this girl and her friends caught up with me.

Unhappy that I was ignoring them, the girl came and stood in front of me. Then, she hit the bottom of my drink.  The coke splashed up in my face.  I don’t know what hit me, but I’d suddenly taken all I could.  The essence of my Dellaness came out to play, and I tossed the rest of that drink in her face.

The next thing I knew, she’d knocked me down and we were in a serious scuffle.  Some teachers ran over and broke it up.  And you know come Monday morning, I was called in the principal’s office.  I’d never been called into his office before.  I’d never even been in trouble.  Like I said, people didn’t know I existed.

The principal sat behind his big desk and asked both of us what happened.  I told him everything.  Ahh, but then the girl told her story.  And it was a whopper of a story, too.  She said how I’d jumped her and had been throwing rocks at her on the way home.

The principle looked at us, and said since we both had different stories, he didn’t know who to believe.  So, he said he was going to suspend both of us from school for three days.  Once again something came over me.  If I’d had fangs and eyes that changed color, I’m sure I would have scared the bejibbies out of that man, because I suddenly found myself sitting up straighter, unwilling to just shut up and take a punishment for something I hadn’t done.  She’d been bullying me for over a month and I’d had enough.

“Excuse me, sir,” I said to the principal.  “Can I please speak?”

He nodded.  I swallowed the bit of fear down my throat.  “Sir, can you tell me how many times I’ve been in your office in the past three years?”

He looked at me strangely.  “I don’t think you have.”

“That’s right.  Never.  Not only do I not get in trouble, I work really hard at avoiding it.”  I looked at the girl sitting next to me, the bully, the one who’d make my last month of school holy hell.  Then, I looked back at the principal.  “Now, sir, can you tell me how many times she’s been in your office?”

He just looked at me, but didn’t speak

“My point, sir, is this.  I sit here in your office, with no record of ever causing any problems.  I tell you my story.  And in here with me is a girl who is known for causing trouble. A girl who has been accused of this very thing, expelled from school numerous times for doing this, and you tell me my word is no more believable than hers.  Why are my years of good behavior not being considered?   When is it that a person’s character doesn’t add credit to her word?

The principal sat there almost speechless.  He finally leaned back in his chair and shook his head.  “Young Lady,” he said.  “You make a very good point.  I hope you are considering becoming a lawyer.  You may leave the office now.”

I wasn’t suspended.  She was.  Oddly enough, she never picked on me again.  And I can tell you that I honestly believe it wasn’t me standing up to her when she knocked my coke in my hands that stopped her from bullying me again.  It was me using my words to put her in her place that made her realize I wasn’t somebody she could run over.

Perhaps from that ounce of spunk, Della was born.  Now, it’s your turn.  Tell me, do you have a little Della inside you?  Do you need a little Della ‘tude in your life?

15503647925_005b0440e5_kAnd here’s a photo of me when I was in school. My maiden name was Christie Hunt. I can’t believe how young I looked. And that long hair! How did I put up with that in the Alabama heat? I wonder what some of those other kids are doing these days.

 

 

 

This week, one lucky person who posts on my blog telling me they bought a copy of Eternal and telling me how and why they can relate to Della, will win a Kindle. I’ll also be giving away a Shadow Falls T-shirt and hard copies of the both Eternal and Reborn.

A note to Fan Club and Street Team members:  This week I’ll be checking to see who all is out on Social Media helping promoting my books.  One Fan Club member and one Street Team member will also win a Kindle.  And if you leave a review of Eternal, please send me a link at cc@cchunterbooks.com and title it “Book Review.”  The winners will be readers who are helping me get the word out about Eternal’s release.  And remember, I’m not asking for undue praise. I want an honest review.

And to all the fans of Shadow Falls: After Dark, Della and I both thank you.  On a parting thought, I’m kind of glad I didn’t take that principal’s advice and become a lawyer.  I love writing too much.

Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter

ShadowFalls_NEXT_CHAPTER (1)Don’t forget I have another Shadow Falls book out today. It’s Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter and it contains both Taken at Dusk and Whispers at Moonrise for one low price. Combined it with Shadow Falls: The Beginning, which contains Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn, and you have a great holiday gift. What a wonderful way to introduce a friend to the world of Shadow Falls.

Blog Tour

Starting this week, I’ll be traveling all over. Well, virtually anyway. I’ll be on a huge blog tour and I’ll be answering some of your burning questions in interviews. There will also be a lot of giveaways! So check my Facebook pages (CC Hunter Books and Shadow Falls Series) for days and links.

Winner!!

The winner of the hard copy of Reborn is Taryn Courville. Congratulations, Taryn! Please email your mailing address to cc@cchunterbooks.com.

52 thoughts on “Where’s Your Della ‘tude?

  1. Bullying stories. Tons have I got, and I’ve been to supervisor’s office few times. Every day since I started elementary was like a living hell and I had to fight to keep from getting under, even though I kept losing and everybody wouldn’t stop laughing and pointing at me.

    The last time I had a fight, I got sent to the office with the other kid and we told the story. He said he felt the desire to pick on me because I was ‘weird’. I just couldn’t let him not know anymore, so I told him that just because I was weird didn’t give him the right to play pranks on me like a clown. Even told him that I had to fend off kids like him every since the first day and all I wanted was to be left alone. Didn’t care if I didn’t have any friends… I just wanted the attention off of me. Since then, I was rarely picked on again.

    In high school, some kids played tricks on me, but only freshman year was the worst. Otherwise I was mostly just another student.

  2. wow that was a really interesting, motivational and inspirational story. I guess words are really the power.
    And you’re soo pretty and wow that was some pretty long hair, i sooo need your hair lol
    you seriously wont believe how much i have been waiting for this book
    Cant wait to read it
    its early, i just woken up to review for my test and look where I’m now, i wish i had to do a test on the shadow fall series i would so ace that lolol
    okay so thank you CC for sharing with us that story

    Zara 🙂

  3. As far as bully stories go. I was bullied a lot in school. I too was one that wanted to hide in the walls, did not have a lot of friends, not of the in crowd. The one store that sticks out is in high school, my stepsister( we did not live in the same house) at the time was going around saying that I was telling a lie in school about her on how she get caught doing something wrong. Well I finally had enough and one night she walked up to me at a football game and wanting to fight me but I would not. I just stood up for myself and told her she can believe what she wants but how she kept giving me a different number of people each time that said I said that, but that I was not going to stoop to her level and fight her and that I am the a better person for not and walked away. After that night she later came back to me and told me she found out who started the rumor and said she was sorry. Sense then we have been friends and even to this day with us no longer stepsisters we are still friends and still consider each other as sisters.

  4. I pre-ordered Eternal back in February, but since I live in Guatemala I will probably get it on Friday (according to Amazon it will get to my courier’s office today in the afternoon). I’m so thrilled about it!!! I came accross Kylie’s story a few years ago while browsing Amazon’s suggestions on what to read and there it was, new book, first in the YA genre for the author, I figured I’d give it a try, I was hooked by the middle of the first chapter, thank you C.C.!!!

    As for the Della in me…I always was, and still am, a little on the heavy side. For me it wasn’t a problem but kids can be mean creatures. I remember one time, one of my sister’s classmates who was five years older (I was in the second grade), he kept saying calling me tiny elephant and making stomping noises when I walked by.

    Now I was never a shy nor calm girl, I was a heads on person and was no stranger to fighting. So I walked up to him and told him that so what if I was fat? If i dieted and exercised I could lose weight but I was just lazy and loved food, were as he would never stop being stupid, and that I couldn’t even believe how he even knew what sounds an elephant made when he had been held behind in the third grade for failing science. He got so mad that he pushed me off the stairs.

    We were both sent to the office but I came out victorious.

    P.S.: I did went on to become a lawyer, just one thesis away from it!

  5. I had a copy of Eternal pre-ordered and I received an e-mail this morning saying it has been shipped.
    I have always been more like Kylie. I’m quiet, reserved, and want to help people. One way I’m like Della is that if one of my friends is in need of someone to stand up for them, I don’t hesitate. My shyness fades away and I am replaced by a bear. I also love to help people who I may not even know too well, as Della does. One thing I could learn from Della that I wish I could be like is I wish I could stand up for myself more. I stand up for others fine, but when it comes to my own protection, I just walk away and ignore it.
    As far as bullying goes, I was bullied mostly in 7th grade. The most horrifying story I have is a boy asked me to a school dance, but the quiet girl I was, I said maybe. So the next day, when I went to give him my answer, all his friends and other people surrounding us were all laughing. Then he said, “It was a joke. Do you really think I would take you?” I turned around and left as if nothing happened but when I got to the bathroom, I cried. I cried for my entire lunch period and was almost late to class. Everyone knew I had been crying, which made it worse, because my face was red and puffy. The sad part was that the kid didn’t even get in trouble because I said nothing about it. People weren’t as aware of bullying back then as they are now. It took some time for me to get over it, but it doesn’t affect my adult life at all. If anything, it pushed me to achieve more.

    • Middle school can be rough. I’d have one of the freshest memories of that since I just started high school. It never happened to em, though. My parents have only been divorced for three years and it’s still rough on me. I don’t know about my brother, but it’s been a rough three years. I sure understand how it can be rough. Though I was always the one to shoot the guys down. It was harder in seventh grade though since I was still naïve. Though now I’m on top of my game and getting ahead of my life.
      Life can be rough and I know more is to come, though I’m getting to know it better. I can tell that something important might happen this year, but I’m not sure whether it’s good or bad yet. We all have something to think about.

  6. Bullying is one of the many, many reasons I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. I really wish moon colonization would happen. I would sign up in a minute. Great story though. I’m glad your bully cut it out.

      • Don’t ever think you don’t belong on earth I may not no you but I can tell you that your special and amazing in your own unique way we need more people who are unique like you so hang in there ok the world would be a sad place without u and your bullies no it your parents siblings if you have any and friends would all miss u we would miss u on cc hunters blog!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. As you can tell from my Shadow Falls series, I don’t like bullies, so I often write about them. Being a writer gives my great power. My bullies always get what they deserve.

  8. Okay, so I used to be super shy. Well, more quiet than shy. I’m a bit ‘tudy. I can have a bit of a snap here and there, but I keep it under check because, most people know me as a sweet, crazy chic that doesn’t hurt people. I pinch my guy friends. I’m technically “One of the guys”. Even my guy friends admit it!
    I can’t wait to get home! I’m going to lay on my bed and ignore the world, after homework is done of course. I have always had a question. What advice do you have for writing fantasy story?

  9. Okay, so I used to be super shy. Well, more quiet than shy. I’m a bit ‘tudy. I can have a bit of a snap here and there, but I keep it under check because, most people know me as a sweet, crazy chic that doesn’t hurt people. I pinch my guy friends. I’m technically “One of the guys”. Even my guy friends admit it!
    I can’t wait to get home! I’m going to lay on my bed and ignore the world, after homework is done of course. I have always had a question. What advice do you have for writing fantasy story? I’d like the help because I am in the process of writing my own story. I have the first chapter and prologue, but I keep coming up with things left and right! Other stories are blocking me and dividing my attention so much that I’m stuck on the second chapter! I need the help!

  10. Aww darn it! I can’t win a kindle for the street team thing! I don’t have a Facebook and I have zero Twitter followers. Wait! Can I like do it on Wattpad and this app called ifunny? Cuz I was doing that contest and I have my winner. He’s excited for the book. And some other contestants really wanted it, so I think I did a good job.

    Oh and how do I relate to Della? Well like Della I don’t really like talking about my feelings, unless that feeling is anger. I’m also very sassy. Like on that app ifunny I’m known as sass princess cuz I bring the ass in sass. (That made no sense but I’m keeping it) Also like Della im a loyal friend. I hate when my friends are upset or if someone is talking about them. If someone’s talking about them I usually cuss them out or when my friends are sad the first thing I usually ask is “who do I have to kill?” And I watch supernatural so I know how to hide a body in case someone thinks about hurting my friend physically

  11. First off I see in the picture it says Della Holland is there any connection….or is it just a coinkidink?anyway I used to get bullied until I let my second grade bully know what it was .we fussed I said things I wish I could take back and she said things she regrets.but now today she is one of my best friends. Cause back then I was the kid everybody wanted to be I was the poster child for school quiet and smart and I never got in trouble or I just never got caught

  12. I’m so happy! I haven’t got Eternal yet, but I’m about to go get it! I’m also going to get The Next Chapter soon, maybe tomorrow. 🙂 🙂 I do have a little Della in me (maybe a lot) I have an attitude, but I try to keep it under lock and key. People have made fun of me a little, but it hasn’t ever really been bullying. I always stop them before it goes to far, but other than that people don’t normally mess with me. I think I’m a mix between Kylie and Della. I would like to have a little more Della in me so I’m not afraid to stand up for others. I’ll try and read Eternal really fast and get a review out there, but I already know Eternal is going to be amazing. I’m also going to give my friend Isabella The Beginning for Christmas! (Don’t tell her) 🙂 I’ll also be sure to look at your blog tour!

  13. Christie, Christie, Christie… I couldn’t resist picking this book up. I can relate both to you and to Della… I was the girl who told it like it was, no matter the cost to me, but I was also the quiet shy girl who was better at blending into the walls and who avoided confrontations at all costs.

    There did come a time when I had to stand up for me. I was in high school and my best friend (okay, so only friend) at my new school and I had been playing poker in the library when it wasn’t our turn to drive during driver’s ed. His girlfriend was very irritated about that. I got the feeling that she was angry that he wouldn’t ditch me to go play with her. It just so happened that she and I both worked at the little diner in town, she was a really bad waitress (who couldn’t tell a buffalo burger from a beef burrito) and I was the cook.
    You see where this is going don’t you? She shoved me as I was getting something out of the oven. My arm hit the hot rack, and I whipped around so fast, she jumped back, hit the pool of water from the dishwasher’s splashing, slipped and cracked her jaw on the stainless steel table. After putting burn cream on my arm, and wrapping it, I even helped her up off the floor, and quietly told her to get over herself, If she had so little trust in him, then she didn’t deserve him. So she gritted her teeth and snarled at me, telling me why she shoved me, apparently, I was the reason he got suspended for fighting. She said someone insulted me, and he didn’t like it. I was rather shocked, I mean why would he do that?
    While my story is not as fascinating as yours, but it had a happy ending… at least for a little while, He and I ended up dating, after he explained to her that he wanted someone who used their brain, and trusted him, not someone who couldn’t stand her own company. Hmm… You know I wonder what he is doing now…

  14. I don’t have a copy of Eternal… But I hope that changes really soon because the Shadow Fall series are awesomeee. I mean, Kylie, Miranda, and Della forms a unique friendship that everyone would love and want, they’re supernatural beings with paranormal powers, and they go to a fun camp that has so many hot and wonderful guys!! There’s nothing more awesomer (please excuse me. I’m really excited so I used that word) than this! But I’m pretty sure you already know this… So why am I telling you this? I guess I really am excited to be rambling off like this… Srry… Anyway, back on topic.

    After reading your encounter with the bully, and her stop picking on you after you refuted her claim and told the principal why you shouldn’t be suspended, I wanted to say not only is your inner Della awesome (YEAHHH), but that you’re also probably right that the bully stopped picking on you because your words put her in her place. Words can have a huge impact on somebody. Depending on how you say it, it can brighten up someone’s day or hurt them instead. In your case, I think the bully realized you had such a good way with words that you can make anyone look at the problem from your perspective and see that you were not the one who started the fight but her so she stopped bothering you. (Or, what I’m trying to say is that you’re too smart to mess with). I guess this is probably why you started writing. Well, you like writing so I’m pretty sure that’s why but also because you have a way with words that… uh I don’t know how to say it.. put other people to shame? Yea, that and your words make your readers very happy 🙂 .
    How can I relate myself to Della? Well, I’m not spunky or sassy like her. I don’t have the courage to tell someone they look bad… I guess the only way I relate to Della is that we both don’t like to show other people our vulnerability. As a high school freshmen, if we freshmen show the older students that we are capable of being emotionally/physically wounded, they’ll probably pick on us just to see how we’ll react and then laugh from it. So if someone says something not nice about me, I might cringe a little in the inside but not show it on my face so they don’t know their words had any affect on me. In Reborn, Della was trying not to show Steve that he had a huge affect on her by trying to push him away. She didn’t want him to know that he made her turn into mush… :). So that’s how I kinda relate to Della.

    Thank You Ms. C.C. Hunter for the giveaway and your books! Shadow Falls!!

    • In Reborn, Della was trying not to show her family that it hurt her when they stopped interacting with her and started treating her like a freak. She loved her dad so much that when he stopped loving her, she was so emotionally conflicted that she would want to cry and we all know Della doesn’t cry. Ever. So that’s how I also relate to Della.

  15. I bought eternal today, I think I’m sort of like Della because I’m not afraid to tell u what I think I also say what ever rally pops into my head at the time granted I have gotten in trouble with my teachers and adults but that’s me! Any how cc I love your books soo much I ‘re read them all the time so I’m really exited about eternal. I hope you keep on writing!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. Wow. Your story was inspiring. I haven’t gotten my copy of Eternal just yet, (haven’t had a free day. Family trouble.) But I’m looking forward to it! I can relate to Della. I tell people the truth, how things are. My friends and family tell me I need to learn to hold my tongue. 😀 I haven’t gotten in trouble for it yet, but I’ve made some people pretty mad. I’m too sassy I’ve been told. I love reading about Della. She’s my favorite vampire. When I’m blurting stuff out, I automatically think of Della. 😀 Love Shadow Falls!!! Thanks CC!

  17. I GOT ETERNAL!!!!!!!! Its amazing! I have to relate to Della because she’s so confused and torn. Her heart pulls her two different ways. I am always torn in two ways loyalty to my friends or my schoolwork. In my school the girls aren’t the nicest if I skip an outing thanks to a test I’ll be “Shunned” as my classmates say. My parents aren’t too happy with it but…. I love Eternal but i won’t give anything away!

  18. i just picked up my copy of Eternal! I can relate to Della because I always wanted to be someone who could stand up for herself. Well I am well past my teen years – I’m a mother of two and have been teaching for 10 years – and am finally starting to stand up for myself. Better late then never I guess.

  19. just bought eternal yesterday! I got home from work and looked up shadow falls on my kindle and there it was! So excited to say the least. Not to mention the U unbreakable !!! I relate to Della because I fight for what I believe in, and I do have issues trusting others. Too many bad things have happened, it’s hard to make new friends that’s for sure. Also both Della and I have hard relationships with our folks. My dad in particular. I can absolutely relate to the the feelings Della has when she’s thinking of her father.

  20. Wow this is such an amazing story!! I hate bullies and I’m glad that you could fix your problem at the end C.C !!! Like you said, I’m more like Kylie than Della because I’m shy and I don’t like trouble so I don’t go looking for it. But I guess that we all have some Della in us because there is going to be a time when we’re just going to have enough of something and we’re just going to snap. Like with you and that bully. This has happened to me before but I always try to keep my temper in check 🙂 Great story

  21. Oh by the way I’m glad you became a writer not a lawyer 😀 we wouldn’t have these amazingb books if you’d decided to n a lawyer

  22. I have never been bullied but for anybody that does I am so sorry!! 🙁 I have a bit of an attitude but it really don’t show to much until I get mad and then it is better to stay out of my way!!

  23. What girl doesn’t have a bit of Della’s lovable sass? Though I have never been bullied per say I am one sassy person. Expecily with my friends having sarcasm as a second language. I have never been to the principals office for something bad, but I still feel worried if I’m ever called and think what did I do wrong? I like being a wallflower with my close knit group of friends. As for Della’s latest story all I can say is OMG!! I though that Lucas and Derek were hard to choice between and had some pretty ‘Oh my god can you be a bigger idiot’ moments but no these two boys are going to drive me insane and I love books that do that! To bad you don’t came to the west coast as much I would love to meet you again! Thanks soooo much for becoming a writer instead of a lawyer!!

  24. I’m usually only Della spunky once I’ve been pushed too far. Then goodness knows what will be coming out of my mouth.

    LOVED Eternal. Hate the cliffhanger!

  25. i just got my copy of Eternal last night and started reading as soon as i could. one way that i can connect with Della is how she dealt with sexism in Reborn. i got to go to a medical and engineering high school (public school),most of the girls pick medical and most of the guys pick engineering, i didn’t want to pick medical, so i picked engineering. that’s when it all started, most of the boys at my class thought that just because i was a girl my work and ideas weren’t as good as theirs, and the only thing i cared about was makeup and boys. and that when the Della in me came out, i told them off and made sure that i wasn’t a person to mess with. just like how Della told off Burnett, and made herself known as a strong women

  26. I bought my copy of eternal im reading it now. Me and della are twins, i always felt insecure about my body just like della with her girls, it was that me and della had the opposide problem. Mine were too big i cant wear v neaks without the whole room stairing at me. I have to go to stores for older women to find my size. I cant find my size at rhe stores my friends go to, every time they ask me i make up an excuse not to go so i can save myself the embarrassment. But slowly im starting to accept my body.

  27. I got a copy the day in came out. I read it the day it came out and waiting until July may kill me lol. How do I relate to Della? Well I know one language and one language only
    Sarcasm. 🙂 I was raised in a family that is full of humor and sass. We are constantly trying to one up each other. It’s fun… and makes life quite interesting. I love this series! I was so pumped when I found out Della was getting her own books! I hope Miranda gets her own books too! I just love the shadow falls characters! 🙂 🙂

  28. I bought it the same day that it came out. I read it the same day it came out and it may kill me to wait until July lol. How do I relate to Della? I speakers one language and one language only. Sarcasm. I was raised in a family with lots of humor and sass. We were constantly trying to one up each other. Out sass it you will. It was fun and always interesting. I was so pumped when I found out Della was getting her own books. I hope Miranda gets her own books too. I love shadow falls and the characters.

  29. I pre-ordered my copy as soon as I could. But relating to Della? Not so much. I think I’m more like Miranda and Kylie. Maybe I have like 1 or 2% of Della in me.

    I gotta have the third book NOWW!! I am not crazy. I need to know what will happen with Steve and Perry. I need them to come back and how they will react to Della and Miranda moving on 😉

  30. Bought the book.
    I dealt with bullying in junior high. I even got into a fight. I took a paddling from the girls Dean. Which is what happened back then for any fighting. Your fault or not. At least where i went to school.
    Bullying is still prevalent. They have zero tolerance rules now. If you o are caught fighting,regardless of who started it,automatic suspension.
    Like Della, my friends gave me my strength and comfort to get through the rough times.

  31. I already bought the book but haven’t finished yet.

    I’m in the nineth grade and haven’t been bullied yet. Of course, I have some storys about so-called “friends” making fun of me but it never had been too serious.
    I have a little of Della in me, but in a different way. I don’t think that anyone would dare to bully me because they know I wouldn’t let them come through with that. With words, I can do anything. I can hurt them, tease them, make them feel better, make them think about what they said and so on.
    My mom teached me how to use words instead of force but she also teached me to be careful about what I say. And right now, I finally can control what I say and what I don’t say (when I was younger, that had been a huge problem).
    I think the part of Della that’s sassy is pretty much like me. But when it comes to telling the truth, I can be so-not-Della. So yeah, I have a bit of Della in me, I guess. ;D

  32. I bought my copy of eternal im reading it now. Me and della are twins, i always felt insecure about my body just like della with her girls, it was that me and della had the opposide problem. Mine were too big i cant wear v neaks without the whole room stairing at me. I have to go to stores for older women to find my size. I cant find my size at rhe stores my friends go to, every time they ask me i make up an excuse not to go so i can save myself the embarrassment. But slowly im starting to accept my body.

  33. I was so happy!!! Today was the day to buy eternal! I just love Della. She’s so sassy! I can’t wait to read it! Anyway I relate to Della in so many ways just today was telling how blunt I am and I told yeah well I am not changing myself, no one can be perfect. You know you got to love every part of yourself. Also sometimes how Della struggles with her family problems I feel like he at times that at thi very vulnerable age where your finding yourself it’s hard for your parents to understand and accept you. They want you to grow up to be like them and how they want you to live your life, but what I think Della thinks and what I do to is that you know you have to get away from that. And be you because if your not then what life are you living?

  34. I ordered my copy of Eternal. I can relate to Della because I’m not exactly a nice person. when I’m at school I’m nice to people and I’m really shy. But at home I’m really mean and bossy toward my brother. At school I never show that I don’t like someone I just keep what I’m thinking to myself even if that person really irritates me.

  35. I have just recently purchased Eternal on Halloween night, and I can’t seem to put it down. The characters are great as always and the many questions that Della faces in this story just keep me wanting to read more. I feel that I can relate to Della because she is a tough cookie who is very opinionated, and I see some of these traits in myself. Della has that sarcastic nature, and an attitude where she doesn’t take any guff from anyone as well as she seems to get irritated easily. I am more or less the same way. I can also relate to Della in that even though she acts like a tough cookie on the outside, she relies heavily on the her friendships and relationships with her family at shadow falls i.e Kylie, Miranda, Burnett, Holiday, Steve, etc. In comparison, I rely on my family to get me through tough times and to just be there for me when I need them. Overall, I feel that I can really relate to Della’s character as I see a lot of her personality traits in myself, and I cannot wait to see how your book Eternal ends. 😀

  36. I got Eternal on my tablet on the first day it was out and read in two days!!! It was the best book I have ever read.
    I can relate to Della because I don’t really show my feelings and I only trust my friends. Also I will not put up with people bulling me or my friends. I also snap at people and it can get messy when I do. So I must keep this in check because everyone at school except my two best friends know me as a nice girl. My two best friends have seen what happens when I do snap and they said afterwards that it was scary even for them I wasn’t angry at them! I can also relate to Della because I am worried of disappointing people like my family. Finally I can relate to Della because I keep a lot of things to myself and don’t really tell anyone until later

  37. In my opinion and most likely others opinions, I’m almost just like Della. Except the whole part Asian thing. To me sarcasm is a second language. I’m always saying sarcastic things. I also have this hard exterior. I mean I am a girl and I wrestle so I already come across as a tom-boy but I guess I just have that look to me. You don’t truly know someone unless you are their friend. I come across as a jock-type but would people guess me to have straight A’s and write poetry. I’m also not afraid to speak my mind especially for my friends. You may have a hard look to you but you may be one of the most sensitive people around that’s me. Just like Della

  38. I sent my email to you, my email has been having issues sending messages, so hopefully I didn’t bombard you!
    I LOVED Eternal!! You know how to keep the series going 🙂 So much action, I love it! I don’t know if I can wait until next year for the next one!
    I think the biggest way I relate to Della is trying hide/push away my feelings. I myself and my children have a lot of medical issues, so I am always having to be strong for them. Then I will randomly breakdown when I do get a minute alone. My sass comes out big time with doctors who won’t listen to me or try to argue with me.

  39. I have Eternal and cant wait to finish Reborn so I can move onto more of Della’s story. My Della attitude showed up in a moment I will never forget I was very much a tomboy as a young middle schooler. One day around dusk during the summer on an air force base I was throwing around the football. Then several kids showed up. They were pacing before they confronted me and two male friends I had. I don’t remember everything but I do remember a boy I had never met threatened me. He threatened to shove sand down my throat and that was the last threat I took. After that he grabbed a fist full of dirt and he started to come towards me. I already felt trapped and his approach and anger sent me over the edge. I immediately got so mad screamed at him, just a pissed off sound. I then barreled passed him and his friends. I vaguely remember pushing his shoulder to get passed. Muttering nonsense I walked briskly away before I ran like I have never done before. Thank goodness for Della-ttude.

  40. Like you cc I have more of a Kylie personality. I’m in the 5th grade. my Della ‘tude comes out when I stand up for others sort of like kylie. this girl used to go around picking fights with everyone one day she was picking on of my shorter friends and this is exactly what I said to her : leave her alone just because she isn’t tall like you doesn’t give you the right to pick on her some day she might grow out of it but you will always be a bully. and she never messed with my friend again.=^.^=

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