You're totally coming with us to the game this Friday, right?
Character v. Society
I want you to lie low. Don’t be so boldly out of the closet up here.
I can't believe this.
Character v. Character
You think we can get a dog? I've always wanted a dog.
Sure, if you want.
Joanna has a constant battle with her inner thoughts because she doesn’t want to disappoint her dad by breaking her promise to him.“‘Great.’ Her voice is soft and I swear there’s a hidden message lurking in the corners of her lips, and do I ever want to discover it. Then crash. Remembrance. I promised to lie low” (Brown 71).
Joanna has to please her dad and society by hiding the fact that she’s gay. Joanna’s dad is asking her to hide who she really is when he asks her to “lay low.”“‘I want you to lie low. Don’t be so boldly out of the closet up here.’ I can’t even process this nugget. My father, the one who’s said he supports me one hundred percent, is taking some percentage of that back” (Brown 13).
In the beginning of the story, Joanna finds herself bumping heads with her new step mother a lot. Joanna makes it a goal to make her new step mom, Elizabeth, miserable despite her efforts to get to know Joanna.“I watch her inner battle over keeping her lovely new house clean or making amends with her stepdaughter. I’m curious which will win...Her eyes bug out of her head and I know I’m being ruthless, but she makes it so damn easy. ‘Kidding, three. I’m kidding.’ This time she only looks irritated and I get the tiniest jolt of fear” (Brown 30).