Compare Sal's grandparents on each side of her family: their personalities, relationships, and roles in the story.
What does the title of the story mean? Why do you think the author chose this title for the story? Use specific examples from the novel to support your points.
Describe the factors that motivated Sal's mother to leave her family. Use specific quotes from the novel.
In what ways is Phoebe's mother similar to Sal's mother? In what ways are they different?
Why is Sal angry at her mother for leaving? What does being angry accomplish for Sal?
Describe the settings in which the novel primarily takes place. How do each of these settings affect the story?
A foil in literature refers to a character that highlights the traits of another character in order to make those traits more prominent. Explain how Phoebe is a foil for Sal.
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