In the 3rd of 4 entries, we look at the music that helped influence Alice Mendell, our main love interest for both Quincy & William at one point in the story. Though seemingly untouchable, Alice is struggling with issues that neither boy realize at first. Her own circle of friends is teetering on the edge of a precipice, and when that group fell apart, Alice is left to find out who she really is when the people she thought who cared about her are gone.
Alice is a person who struggles with being uppity, she is used to being spoiled and pampered and like Quincy & William she is an only child. In the dynamic of our single child syndrome (so far) we have seen a relatively well cared for character, a terribly near neglected character, and then we have Alice at the complete other end. Like the Denslies, Mr & Mrs Mendell love their daughter intensely. And unlike Mr & Mrs Abrams, the Mendells are also actively involved in Alice’s life.
Alice has a terrible time with demanding acceptance, despite her popularity, she in many ways feels alone. She has two very good friends, Jenna Tillman & Valerie Fallon; but neither of them are able to help her overcome her dangerous obsession with men who are bad for her. When Anorexia/Bulimia resurfaces in the life of her friends, she feels her sense of control fleeing from her and she is forced to make one of the first truly adult decisions of her life in choosing what is best for her friend, even if it means losing that friend forever. So much of Alice’s struggle is encapsulated in a New Found Glory Song – “Forget My Name”.
“Can you tell
That I’m losing myself
I think I’m trying too hard to
Let it show
To let you know
Don’t trace your footsteps back to me”
“And if I had the chance
To do it all again
I wouldn’t expect anything less
And if I had the chance
To do it all again
I wouldn’t expect
I wouldn’t expect anything less”
This song is at the pulse of who Alice is when this story begins, she is a socialite princess falling from a very high pedestal, and she learns the hardest lesson.
And then Quincy happens, and Alice begins to accept that she is a good person, and worthy of respect and love. Though things do not work out with her & William, she finds many things that she needs in the boy she previously detested. Through the course of a few years, Quincy is able to richly befriend Alice. Whenever I think of their young love, it is “Teenage Dream” that comes to my mind.
You think I’m funny when I tell the punch line wrong
I know you get me, so I let my walls come down, down
But things were kinda heavy, you brought me to life”