"And, anyway, you know as well as I do that if he could have, he wouldn't have even put me in the portrait. It would have been just his darling Junie, all on her own."
Theme Development #2
"Like we used to? What are you talking about? You're the mean one. You're the one who wrecked how we used to be."
Progress Check #3: Acceptance is the key to healing all wounds and broken tiesBy Louise Hindsbo
Theme Development #3
"He what? He's your new best friend? I heard you on the phone. Laughing your head off. Fawning over him. As if, June. As if he wants to spend his time on the phone with you."
Greta is jealous of Finn and June's relationship. Greta wishes she was best friends with June. Though, she feels as though Finn is standing in the way from this happening.
Theme Development #4
"It had always been the both of us. It was never only Greta. Everything she said was true. All the years of being best friends, I'd abandoned her. How could I not have seen that? How could I have been so selfish?"
June solely blames Greta for the falling of the two sisters' relationship. She doesn't take her own actions into account. Her selfishness stands in her way preventing her from seeing the bigger picture.
The Elbus Sisters Unite
Greta is jealous of June's new best friend, Toby. Greta installs fear into June in the hopes that June will no longer visit Toby but instead, will abandon him. This would allow Greta and June to once again become best friends.
June and Greta realize their accountability. Each sister took part in the wrecking of their relationship. Now that they have accepted their actions, they are able to positively progress their relationship with each other.
"I thought if Finn . . . if he was dying, then maybe we would go back to how we used to be. How evil is that? How totally evil am I?"
June and Greta's acceptance enables them to rebuild a strong, sisterly bond. Here, readers see a relaxed, happy state upon the two sisters. From this, the audience knows that the two sisters are beginning to become best friends once again.
"Then we both started cracking up. We laughed until Greta fell right out of bed. And then she kept laughing on the floor. I couldn't even remember the last time we laughed together like that, and I knew that meant my sister was starting to come back."