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Cici’s junior year in high school is going to be the best year ever. Popular co-captain of the varsity cheerleading team, she’s dating the starting quarterback. Even her jealous co-captain’s attempts to steal her boyfriend can’t curb her enthusiasm.
When her mom moves in with her fiancé, a handsome, wealthy man, only one small detail threatens Cici’s perfect life. The school’s social pariah is about to become her stepsister, and Cici wants nothing to do with her.
Everything changes when someone Cici cares about throws her life into a tailspin, and the one person Cici couldn’t stand becomes her only ally.
Choosing which character from Hype to interview was challenging. Each of them has a strong
background story, so it was a struggle to choose just one. Since the story is told from Cici’s point of view, I thought I’d pick a character close to her. Later, I may share insights to other characters on my blog. So, let’s interview Ryan, Cici’s boyfriend.
Hello, Ryan. Can you tell us a bit about who you are?
I am Ryan Rodriguez. I’m a Cuban American who lives in South Florida. I’m a senior and the quarterback of my high school football team.
Who are your closest friends?
My best friend is Sam. He and I have been friends for years, and we always get each other. He is my favorite go-to on the field as well; he plays wide receiver. Cici is my girlfriend. She makes me whole, and I can’t imagine life without her. So, I spend most of my time with Cici, Sam, and Dee, Sam’s girlfriend and Cici’s best friend.
Tell me about your family.
My parents are wonderful. My father came over from Cuba when he was just 18 years old. Life was all about survival for him, so he found a job in construction. Now, he owns his own construction company. My mother came to the United States when she was 20 years old. She struggled with learning English at first but quickly assimilated with the help of her family. She works with my father in managing the company’s schedule. Neither of them went to college, so it’s their highest hope that I go and fulfill my dreams. I have a younger brother who is my world. His name is Michael, and he has Down syndrome. He just started middle school and loves his classes. He makes me laugh all the time.
What do you look for in a friend?
I guess I want what everyone wants – someone to hang with who accepts me for me. I like to surround myself with people who share my interests and values.
What do you look for in a significant other?
Cici. (He chuckles.) That’s what I look for. She’s full of life, confident, funny, affectionate, and smart. Sure, she can be dramatic at times, but that makes her human. Perfection is overrated.
What are your hobbies and passions?
Football is my passion. I love to play and hope to play for college. My favorite hobby is raising money for organizations that assist people with disabilities. My experience with my brother has shown me how to see the capabilities instead of the disabilities, and I want to help others shift their perspective as well. Plus, there is never enough money to help those who struggle. If I can be just a small part of that change, I’ll be happy.
What inspires you or influences you and your actions?
That’s easy. Kindness. When my parents came to this country, they survived on the kindness of others. They have instilled in me the importance of always showing kindness and compassion to everyone. You never know what someone else is going through, and it costs zero dollars to be kind. So, making others smile makes me happy.
What do you desire most in life?
I want to make my parents proud of me because what I do reflects upon them and the way they’ve raised me. I want to go to college, play football, and get a degree, maybe in business or sports medicine. I haven’t decided yet.
What do you fear most?
I don’t really have many fears. I worry about my actions hurting others. I never want to be the cause of someone else’s pain.
What is your greatest regret?
I made the mistake of giving false hope to someone and hurting her very deeply. I wish I could turn back the clock and do things differently, but life doesn’t work that way. So, I have to live with that and try to make amends somehow.
What’s been your biggest accomplishment to date?
It would have to be raising over $3000 for a local charity with the help of the football and cheerleading teams. Getting crowned Homecoming King was also pretty cool.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Right here unless I get picked up by the NFL. My hope is to have my degree in hand, a career started, and to have Cici, the most beautiful girl in the world, by my side.
Thanks for chatting with us today. Is there anything you’d like to tell our readers today?
Yes. Please try not to judge Cici (or any of us, really). Being a teenager is hard. We all make mistakes. I know I learned from mine. Thanks for taking time to get to know me.
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