“Sandy wasn’t expecting such a comment, and was surprised at the stabbing pain she felt at hearing it.” pg 18 After hearing her mother say this, Sandy feels downcast by her older sister Marianne, and younger brother Lawrence. Sandy is also controlled by the people surrounding her. She is controlled by her father, Frank, by not wanting to put a foot out of line in fear of being punished. She listens and abides by everything that he says, because of the control he has over her and her siblings. “”I want you kids in bed in an hour.” “Yes, Dad,” Sandy and Marianne said at the same time.” pg.
A sibling will be the one you are ready to kill one minute and can't live without the next. We go through everything in life together and are still there for one another even when times are the worst imaginable or amazingly wonderful. It is like no other relationship a person will ever have. I thank God I have my sister, Jana, but there are those who are not fortunate enough to have siblings. I taught Jana how to drive a stick shift and laughed at her because she didn't know how to boil water.
Marian was 11 years old and her parents forced her to marry a blind, 41 years old. Her price was $1,200. When she was living with her husband and his mother, they began to beat her when she failed to conceived a child. After 2 years of abuse, she sought help at police station in Kabul after the police delivered her to a residential neighborhood " Women's shelters", something that was unknown in Afghanistan before 2003. Marian said she felt fortunate to have found refuge.
"The doctor said she was just too lazy to talk, and now we can't shut her up" was a favourite. She often wonders about the trauma that silenced her as a child. Violence riddled the simple daily activities. Love and trust never surfaced and the safest place for Jessie was within the dark walls of the cubby holes in the bedroom she shared with her four sisters. The violence against the children soon turned to violence against each other and today they still struggle with loving and supporting each other.
(22) * The demented red bullet inside my mother’ s chest tunnels its way in all different directions. It’s going ballistic and making holes everywhere, holes in places where no hole should ever be. It is going to drive her crazy, it is going to push itself out and embed itself in her own flesh and blood. She wants this little daughter to be completely her own, but the girl is already doomed. (30) * “I’m busy clearing up, go and bug your Grandma”.
7. In the beginning of the story, I notice a contrast between the two children, Bailey is attractive and small meanwhile Maya is fat (big), unattractive. The incident at the church made me feel bad concerning Maya and I quickly understood she was bullied and even though she could be bullied by her own brother but later realized that her brother was like an angel that protects her. I tough because of how she was protected by her brother she could a spoil child. Later in the book when she explained that she was raped, I felt sad and bad for her because she was still a kid and when she was pregnant I thought she was going to put an end to her life but at the end I realized she grew older became more mature, graduated from school and kept the baby.
The teen usually feels like she is too old and cool to spend time with their mother. Mom’s begin to wonder why it is no longer easy for the girl to tell her all of her secrets and hang out time, and why they have to force them to stay home and talk and spend quality time together. Teen’s take out most, if not all, their emotions out on their mom. They express this through rude comments, slamming doors, and crazy mood swings. Mothers take all of these things to heart though, because, after all, they are humans too.
Her parents never realized that after every meal Rachel would secretly go to the bathroom upstairs and throw up everything she had eaten. Her father would beat her up and treat her like trash and her mother would just stand there and not say a word because she was weak and always did as Rachel’s dad said. In her kindergarten class, Rachel treated all the other little girls with rudeness, anger, and jealousy towards anyone who was better than her. She often spent her days in the principal’s office because of her strong character and misbehaviors. Rachel grew up, went through her dating stage, and then finally met a wonderful man that she could not picture herself without; a caring, positive, supportive husband that goes by the name of Tim.