Friendship is a treasured thing. Isabel taught me something about life, and that is to truly value friendships. It is those friends, the ones that can be trusted with one’s innermost thoughts and feelings that allow one to grow and develop an appreciation for human nature. Isabel taught me that true friends really do exist and that they will be there when one really needs them, in spite of what may be very difficult circumstances. Loyal friends keep their promises, they don’t backstab as many of Isabel’s so-called friends did. Isabel certainly taught me that good friends care about one’s happiness and wellbeing as much as they care about their own, even if they may or may not agree with you. Liz, for example, never wavered. She remained true and loyal to Isabel, her only real friend, in spite of the allegations, the criminal investigation, the gossip, and the heartache. Liz was by Isabel’s side to talk her through what was going on, to convince her to return to school and graduate with her friends, and to serve as a shoulder to cry on. Although true friends can come and go, they are never replaced, nor forgotten.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, daughter of European immigrants, Eva Márquez has spent most of her life outside of her home country. At the age of five, Eva accompanied her parents to the United States, where the family settled permanently. After graduating from university, she went on to complete graduate studies in International Relations in Spain. Eva received her Master of International Studies degree from the University of Sydney and went on to work in the global health field in Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia. Eva currently resides in Southern Africa.
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Isabel Cruz was fifteen years old when she met Tom Stevens. She was 15 when they started dating, and 16 when she lost her virginity to him. By the time she turned 18 and went to college, everything had fallen apart. This hadn’t been an ordinary love, though. Not a love between two dear friends, or even high school sweethearts. This had been the most taboo sort of love there was: a relationship between a student and her teacher. Isabel started her high school career as a normal student, but set her sights on Tom Stevens as soon as she met him, and pursued him with an intense – and sometimes reckless – fascination. When he finally approached her after swim practice and told her that he shared her feelings, it was the start of a forbidden and dangerous relationship.