|I am 13 years old and I wanted to tell you|
how I discovered River.
I was just walking through a book store
and I had to find a biography for a book report.
I was drawn to a biography about River Phoenix.
As soon as I bought it, I started reading.
I instantly fell in love with him. He was so real.
He had problems just like anyone else.
It was just before Halloween when I finished the book
and I cried myself to sleep on the 31 of October.
But the reason I was so touched is because
I was getting pulled into the wrong crowd with drugs.
After reading about River's tragic death
I couldn't do it any more.
He saved my life as well as my best friend Ashley.
As soon as I finished it I gave the book to her.
And I can't thank him enough.
|Casey - Virginia,
December 3, 1997