1. Where is Lia at the opening of the novel and what is the news Jennifer announces?
At the opening of the novel, the protagonist, Lia, is eating breakfast with her stepmother Jennifer and Jennifer announces that Lia's best friend, Cassie, has been found dead in a motel room.
2. How does Jennifer feel about Cassie's death?
Although Jennifer doesn't want to speak ill of the dead, she is glad that Lia hasn't been spending time with Cassie lately. She feels that Cassie was dragging Lia down.
3. What does Lia have for breakfast and what is her hope will happen as a result?
Lia eats a few raisins, a few almonds, and a green pear, followed by a cocktail of vitamins and anti-depressants prescribed by her doctor. She hopes the pills will work quickly to quiet the voice of the dead girl in her head.
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