In the book, Circle of Friends, Benny is a sensible girl. Do you agree with this statement and why?

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Someone who is described as sensible means that they are acting with or exhibiting good judgement. In Circle of Friends, Benny can be seen as both, really. For the most part, yes, she is extremely sensible, but when romance presents itself, maybe not so much. 

Benny is a young girl from a small village in Ireland. She is an overweight girl with a huge heart. She and her best friend, Eve, go to Dublin for college. While Benny is there she meets and befriends Nan. She also meets Jack Foley and has a crush on him. Benny uses her personality to cover up her insecurities about her weight.

"Benny knew she was sounding very peculiar but conversation of any kind made her feel less anxious. It filled that great empty echo chamber of anxiety she felt." 

When Jack shows an interest in Benny, she is thrilled. She jumps head first in the relationship. In this instance, Benny is not very sensible. When Jack comes into her circle of friends, things for Benny begin to change. People she thought were her friends turn out to questionable. Benny's sensibility is in question, when she trusts the wrong people, yet when Benny has to face a traumatic event back at home, we see the sensible girl that we all root for. 

This is one of my favorite books. Yes, Benny is sensible. Everyone can be non sensible when your heart is involved, but Benny shows us just how sensible she is. When Benny is faced with betrayal and a heartbreaking loss at home, we see that she finds her strength from within. I think that because Benny is sensible, that is how she is able to overcome the things she does. Benny realizes that she is worthy of so much than she thought. By the end of the book, we see the circle of friends that Benny has chosen, and we see just how sensible Benny is. She is smart and knows what things really matter in life, and when to let go of certain things or people. This is an amazing book about friendships and relationships that we can all relate to. 

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