Story of a Girl Setting & Symbolism

Sara Zarr
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Pacifica

Pacifica is the small city on the west coast of the United States where Deanna, her family, her friends, and her enemies all make their home.

Terra Nova High School

Terra Nova is the small school in the small town of Pacifica that Deanna and her friends all attend. It is also the school that Tommy, Darren and Stacy attended. Outsiders like Deanna, Jason, and Lee are treated to verbal and at times, physical abuse. This place is both a trigger for and a source of Deanna's fundamental unhappiness.

Deanna's Home

Deanna's badly decorated home, rundown and unkempt since her father lost his job is, a place that she merely inhabits while she's waiting for her life to improve. In need of a coat of paint on the outside, painted in uncomfortably garish colors inside, Deanna refers to the house as "the daily dead end" and a...

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