So the first giveaway I’ll be doing is a big one. I’ll be giving away 3 (THREE!) SHUT OUT gym bags full of fun football and soccer swag. Inside I’ll also pack an audiobook of SHUT OUT and a paperback of THE DUFF.
I think we all have bucket lists, whether they are written down or just in our heads. A thing on my bucket list is to see Foster the People live in concert. I know I’m young, but I want to seem them in their beginning. I want to hear their first album performed by them. I want to be able to say, I was here from the beginning, and I’ll be here until the end. It’s hard to do things, especially go to concerts when you live in a small town in the middle of nowhere and you’re fifteen. You can’t get around, and the nearest concert is over an hour away. I am determined to seem them in concert, even if it doesn’t happen till I’m old and gray. But I’m here in the beginning and I’ll be there until the end, thanks Foster the People for your amazing lyrics that got me through a lot and are still getting me through things. You’re there whenever I need it, and please continue with your amazing music, and changing lives :)
I firmly believe that the reason many Slytherins were easily convinced to join Voldemort was because they were treated like shit by the rest of the houses while they were growing up. Imagine spending seven of the most important years of your life being told that you were part of the bad house and therefore bad yourself. Everyone boos your quidditch team. All the houses will hang out with everyone except you. You grow up being hated by your fellow students and many of your teachers.
Now imagine someone comes along and tells you that you’re not worthless and bad. That you’re invited to join a family where you will right the wrongs committed against you. You have the opportunity to be wanted and powerful instead of a hated outcast. Several of your former classmates are telling you how great it is. How you’re welcomed and needed. These are the kids you grew up with. The classmates who went through all the same things you did. Being a Death Eater sounds pretty good now.