(Her dare: Pouring water over her head in the middle of the coffee shop)
Vee impresses me how she has the courage to go up in public and do this dare because so far in the book, she is normally a ‘behind the scenes’ type of person. Also, I think that Vee overthinks things. I think this because Matthew implies that she doesn’t have the guts to do the dare as mentioned here, “I’m not doing any dare.” Vee said. Then he said, “I know you won’t” (14). Later in the book it reads, “The game he knew I wouldn’t attempt” (20). This sentence shows that Vee starts to overthink what Matthew says to her. While in the coffee shop, I think that Vee fears being laughed at and judged; that’s why she is so hesitant. Her wants in this scene were most likely just simply to win the pair of shoes she is going to receive after completing the dare. Vee’s internal conflict is that her best friend, Sydney always gets the attention because she is the outgoing, extroverted friend; Vee is jealous, and she wants the attention to be focused on her instead. A connection I can make to Vee is that she decides to take a risk, then she becomes more comfortable with them later in the story. I like to take risks and try something new and exciting, because I know that taking risks is a big part of having a healthy and successful life. Personally, I don’t think that I would do the dare that Vee does because it negatively affects a lot of people. For example, her dare affects the workers who had to clean up after her, it affects herself because now she is all over social media, and it affects the customers who were most likely splashed by the water.
It doesn’t impress me that Vee does this dare because she does not to realize that the dare is hurting those around her. This scene reveals that she is not very good with handling peer pressure, as Ian tells her that “there’s no downside” when it comes to completing the dare (133). He easily convinced her, though she knew that it was a bad idea. I think Vee wants to win a big shopping spree to all her favourite stores, and she wants Ian to like her. Vee fears that this dare will ruin her and Sydney’s friendship, because she has “never confronted Sydney before” (133). I think that Vee’s internal conflict is that she can’t decide whether or not to choose her friends, or her new lifestyle with Ian and the app, NERVE. So far, she has chosen her new lifestyle, which I personally think is the wrong choice. A connection I can make to her is her struggle with peer pressure. I don’t tend to give in to peer pressure but I understand how hard it is to deal with it sometimes. I don’t think that I would do this dare because the ONLY positive outcome was a shopping spree, which is way less important than friendship.