Elena hates Patterson, New Jersey because she doesn't fit in and gets called racial slurs like "pork chops" by the black girls
Eugene moves into the house across the street and Elena watches him from her window and fire escape. Elena then realizes that they have a lot in common and falls in loves with him
One day after school Elena starts to talk to Eugene and gets close to him.Eugene then invites Elena to study at his house
President John F. Kennedy is assassinated on the day that Elena has to go and study with Eugene. Elena's mother doesn't want Elena to study but to instead mourn the dead president but Elena still ends up going
Elena goes to Eugene's house but is stopped by Eugene's mom and is told that she doesn't want Elena studying with him because he doesn't need help and is smarter than her. Elena feels heartbroken and goes back home.