My good writer friend, R. L. Copple, recently published his bazillionth book. OK, maybe it’s his 7th, 8th, 9th? I haven’t read all his books (yet), but I have all the books in the Virtual Chronicles, including between-the-book short stories and I love these characters and their story world.
Virtual Game, released in November, is Book Three in The Virtual Chronicles. I’ve interviewed RL Copple, and reviewed Mind Game (#1), and Hero Game (#2) previously. While I suppose you could read it on its own, I don’t see why you would. The whole series is stellar (it takes place in space, after all), so if you haven’t read any of them, go back and start with Mind Game. You can read one of the in-between short stories for free at RL Copple’s site.
Jeremy, his best friend Mickey, and his sister Bridget, have a knack for being in the wrong (or right) place at the wrong (or right) time, depending on how you look at it. They’ve saved worlds from extinction and currently moonlight as super heroes when they’re not in public school. This time, a military organization is after their virtual technology and their lives hang in the balance. And so does Jeremy and Mickey’s friendship…all because they both like the same girl.
I don’t know how old you were when you started dating. I think I was around 16. There are some rules you learn pretty early when it comes to dating, if you’re smart. You don’t date your BFF’s boyfriend, or ex-boyfriend. You agree beforehand what happens when you’re both interested in the same guy. You break the rules, and your friendship suffers. It’s unlikely he’s “the one,” but if he were, would that make dating him OK?
I have friends that married their high school sweetheart (and they’re still married). I have other friends who married the first person they dated (and they’re still married). But for the rest of us, we’ve navigated the waters of dating. Here’s my question/thought for the day:
When do you think people should start dating? My current hypothesis is when they’re ready to get married. (I have daughters). 🙂 My reasoning behind it is because our culture is so permissive that the physical side of dating is too much for teens trying to navigate romance. And I even have biblical support for my view:
Promise me, O women of Jerusalem,
not to awaken love until the time is right. – Song of Solomon 8:4
I’m wondering if there are benefits to dating that I’m overlooking? Learning to fall in and out of love? Learning to balance friends and boyfriends? Learning about lying, cheating, betrayal, and trust?
In Virtual Game, Mickey and Jeremy both face relationship struggles when they fall in love with the same girl. If they weren’t dating exclusively, would there still be an issue? Or is dating as a teen sort-of an inoculation for dating as an adult? I’m very curious to hear what you guys think about this!