"Yes. There's going to be a party. You must go." "But Sissy, you know I don't go
to parties." "Come on Mui, you're a junior college student now. Your parents
should let you have a little freedom to go to parties."
"No, it's not my parents," admitted Mui Ee. "It's me. I don't like going to
parties. It's ..."
"Come on, Mui," insisted Sissy, "How are you ever going to make any friends
if you don't socialise?"
Mui Ee replied, "But I - I've never ever been to a party. I mean, what I am I
going to wear?"
"Didn't you read The Textbook?"
"The Teenage Textbook, woman. The one I gave you for your birthday. Look, you
have to go. I've invited all our old gang, as well as Rosie, Jillian, May Chu, Linda, Toni, Sangeeta. There'll also be guys. Seng Huat's coming, so are
Wong Chong Di, Rick – do you know him? He used to have a crush on me. Also, I've
asked Hari and Jason to help out. Come on Mui."
"Well, OK," Mui Ee said eventually. "I'll come."
"Great. I have to go now,
Mui. I have to go call some other people. See you tomorrow in school. Bye-bye."
Sissy rang off.
That night, Mui Ee sat in bed, wrapped up in her soft blue blanket, two big
pillows propping her up and her favourite pink bolster in her arms.
She pulled out The Teenage Textbook from the chest of drawers beside her bed and
opened it to the lesson on parties. This is what it said ...