Emily is positive, optimistic, and very determined when she sets her mind to something, although she is also shy and more of an introvert. Emily is called Sloane's friend by her classmates, and never really had her own identity because she didn't do anything without Sloane. However, towards the end of the book, Emily starts to find herself and is more social.
Foreshadowing: "My aunt taught me...What was that girl's name in South Carolina...When we were with my sister Laney"(367-368).
Welcome to South Carolina
Sloane is confident, caring, and very outgoing; however, that's when she's around other people. When she's by herself or at home she is very self-conscious. Although like Emily, at the end of the book Sloane learns to accept herself, and that no one can be perfect.
Suspense: "We passed the drive for the first house, but it wasn't until several minutes that we saw the second one... Frank drove slowly down Brookside and we passed the third house"(429).
The theme is that its okay to get out of your comfort zone because its the only way to experience who people are as themselves. Throughout the book, Emily begins to experience new things and she realizes that she is happier when she's more involved which was something she wasn't used to.
Imagery: "I closed my eyes only to open them once more, and make sure it was all still there-the riot of stars above me, this whole other world existing just out of reach"(261)
When Sloane and her mother talked about the time they were living in South Carolina with her aunt the chapter mentions it several times, therefore foreshadowing that Sloane was going to move back to South Carolina with her aunt.
The author uses time and numbers as a suspense trait because readers are anticipating what's to come after all the houses since Sloanes aunt's house is the 4th one.
The stars are being described because it gives the reader a sense of what Emily could feel, and see while she was looking up into the sky.