Since my parents can't afford braces, I'll just make them myself!
These are "my brafef"! (page 202)
Not too bad girl!
Jeannette began the 7th grade and was reunited with her old classmate Dinita. Jeannette later went to her home to check on her and a rough man answered the door. He told Jeannette that Dinitia didn't want to speak to her, but Jannette later learned that she was arrested for stabbing and killing her mother's boyfriend.
I had your father when he was a student!
I'm named after you!
Jeannette discussed the obsession of boys that the girls in her grade had and how she seemed to not have the best love life. She talked about her insecurities, her principle one being her teeth. Jeannette declared that she would make her own braces since her family could not afford them.
Does anyone smell that?!?!
Jeannette took her insecurity into her own hands and made herself some braces. She tested rubber band and coat hanger contraptions until she created one that she thought was successful. Her father was told her, "You take after your old man" and said that the creation was "engineering genius". (page 202)
This seems like the coolest job ever!
Later that year Jeannette began working for the school newspaper, The Maroon Wave. She felt like she belonged in the newspaper club and met one of the high school English teachers, Mrs. Jeannette Bivens. Her father had her when he was in school and even named Jeannette after her. Jeannette explained, " She was the first person in his life, he once told me, who'd showed any faith in him. (page 203)
In the newsroom, "a crabbed, chain-smoking woman who always wore a hairnet " disliked Jeannette. She made sly comments about Jeannette's hygiene and even sprayed air fresheners in her direction. Jeannette began going back to her grandpa's apartment to bathe once a week because of this.
Jeannette realized how interesting an editor or reporter's jobs can be. Jeannette was drawn to the fact that whatever the reporter wrote was what would influence what readers thought. She decided becoming a reporter as something she wanted to pursue and found that the world finally made a little more sense to her.