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Sarcastic and judgmental, Tibby approaches her summer
at Wallman’s as she approaches life in general: she expects to be
miserable, and she assumes everyone around her is ridiculous. Tibby
has a nose ring and former-hippie parents, and she views the world
through skeptical, wary eyes. She has always had a unique outlook
on life, especially since she attends an “alternative” school and
has been with her parents through various careers, including organic
farming. Tibby’s wariness and skepticism don’t stop her from being
a loyal, devoted friend. She loves her friends and is a source of
stability for them. They rely on her to take their side no matter
what, and Tibby proves infinitely willing to condemn the whole world
if it’ll make her friends feel better. She may judge others harshly,
but she never judges her friends—no matter what they do. Although
Tibby is disappointed to spend the summer alone in Bethesda, she
doesn’t just sit around moping. Instead, she turns her experiences
into art by making a documentary in which she records the perceived
utter boredom and inanity of her hometown.
When Tibby meets Bailey, she looks no further than Bailey’s
very young age and annoying persistence, certain that Bailey is
just a pest to be ignored and tossed aside. However, Tibby’s usual
dismissiveness is challenged when she finds out that Bailey has
cancer. Tibby eventually opens up to Bailey, finding a true friend.
She realizes that Bailey has a lot to teach her about compassion,
openness, and happiness, and she learns from Bailey how to see what’s
inside of people who may, on the outside, look like losers or fools.
Tibby ultimately gains a new perspective on life, and she is more
willing to live her life fully, opening herself up to others in
a way she hasn’t done before.
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