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“When life hands you a lemon, say, ‘Oh yeah. I like lemons. What else ya got?’”—Henry Rollins
Lena has breakfast with her grandfather, but they can’t talk to each other. She thinks she looks like him, with his small nose. She puts on the Pants and sets off with her paints. She runs into Kostos but walks in the opposite direction.
At Wallman’s, Tibby realizes that she forgot to return the girl’s wallet. The girl’s name is Bailey Graffman, and Tibby finds a Graffman in the phone book and goes to the house, where Mrs. Graffman sends her up to Bailey’s room. Bailey accuses her of stealing her money. Tibby sarcastically stands up for herself, and Bailey responds equally sharply. Tibby finds out that Bailey is actually twelve. Mrs. Graffman calls up and tells Bailey she should take her medicine. Tibby goes to get it, and Mrs. Graffman reveals that Bailey has leukemia. Tibby tries to be nicer to Bailey, who gets upset because she knows that Tibby now knows she’s sick.
Lena writes to Carmen about Greece. She mentions Kostos but dismisses the idea of dating him.
Carmen sits by herself at a party, miserable. She went to the party with Krista and Paul to make Albert happy, but she knew she would have an awful time. Paul introduces her to his girlfriend, Kelly, and Carmen says she lives with Paul just to make Kelly suspicious.
“I have seen the future and it’s like the present, only longer.”—Dan Quisenberry
Tibby helps her mother feed her baby brother, Nicky, while her mother feeds the other baby, Katherine. Tibby remembers when her mother was a sculptor and her dad was a public defender. Their house was less fancy then. When her mother became a real estate agent and her dad became a private lawyer, everything changed. Tibby wants to tell her mom about Bailey, but feeding the kids is too chaotic.
I noticed that this states the setting is in Bethesda, MD. However, there are multiple mentions from Carmen about Georgetown and Washington, so I think that the setting is actually in Washington.
I thought I was good at writing essays all through freshman and sophomore year of high school but then in my junior year I got this awful teacher (I doubt you’re reading this, but screw you Mr. Murphy) He made us write research papers or literature analysis essays that were like 15 pages long. It was ridiculous. Anyway, I found
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