Alexander Buchanan (known as Sandy to his friends) is Roberta Blevins’ best friend in Adventures of a Young Girl. He’s her constant companion in high school, seeing her through some very tough times. He’s her coworker, her steady date, and her shoulder to cry on. But what he isn’t, she insists, is her boyfriend. Let’s hear his thoughts.
Tell us, Sandy, what’s your idea of the perfect date?
First of all, she’d have to be a girl I really cared about. I never dated until I met Roberta; she was my first date, and I guess I messed up. I was really nervous and afterward, she wouldn’t go out with me again. But we got back together later on. She’s a beautiful girl and she loves to dance, so I’ve taken her to a lot of dances. We’ve had a lot of study dates, but my favorite way to spend a date is holding her in my arms and kissing her. I love the way she goes all soft and cuddly.
What gift would you give your love for Valentine’s Day & why?
You’ve got to keep your ears and eyes open all year long. You can’t just buy a girl a box of candy--that’s thoughtless. If you’ve been listening to her, you know what she really likes, or maybe she’s told you her secret wish. That’s what you give her. It means something to her, because she knows you’ve been paying attention and you care.
What’s your greatest flaw?
My greatest flaw is not being able to express how I feel. I wasn’t able to express to my dad and granddad what I wanted to do with my life. They forced me into a life I never wanted, and I had to leave everything behind. If I had been able to tell them what I really wanted, things might have been different.
What’s your greatest strength?
Well, I’m pretty strong physically, but I don’t think that’s what you mean. People don’t say much about this unless you’re a Marine, but I’d have to say it’s my dedication. When I find something that’s worth going after, I’ll move heaven and earth to get it and keep it.
If they were to make a movie of your life, what genre would it be?
(laughs) I guess it would have to be action-adventure. First to show all the trouble I used to get into and the many times I ran away from home as a kid, then my work at the Double L with the horses, and then the years of my military career. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
Absolutely! Here's more about Adventures of a Young Girl:
It’s 1957, and Roberta Blevins is just about done with the eighth grade. She’s ready to grow up. She has big plans for her life, and she needs lots of information. What she really want to know about is S-E-X, and sixteen-year-old Carl is happy to oblige. And that’s just her first adventure!
She’s got a long way to go from Rockdale, Texas to Hollywood, California and the Pacific Ocean, but she’s bound and determined to get there. On the way, she’ll have a ton of adventures and get to know a lot of people. Everybody loves Roberta—she’s cute, fun and irrepressible.
And along the way, she’ll learn that not all adventures are happy—some are dangerous, deadly and discouraging. Join Roberta on her quest to get to Hollywood and the movies and to fulfill her lifelong desires.
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