"'You look fantastic' Mom says as I step into the kitchen"(20).
"I'd better. I spent the last hour putting myself together for the first day of school. I left my hair down and ironed it straight. I'm wearing a sheer top over a white camisole, skinny jeans, and the wedges I begged my mom to buy me. My eyes are lined, my lips defined, and my foundation is effectively masking the stress-induced breakout on my chin"(20).
"The room on the other side is small and painted completely black. Black ceiling. Black floor. Metal shelving units stocked with cleaning supplies line three of the walls, and the other one is covered with hanging mops and brooms"(50).
"'Let me guess. Your locker-wrapping best friends are actually manipulative *bleeps*?' 'Sometimes'"(34).
Characterization We learn that Sam feels like she has to always look perfect because her and her friends are the popular girls in school. She never acts like her true self because she keeps secrets from her friends.
Imagery Sam and Caroline walk behind the auditorium, down a flight of stairs, and through a janitors closet to get to poets corner, the secret poetry club.
"...leads from her fingertip to the stack of three notebooks-red, yellow, and blue-piled underneath the lamp"(79).
Theme You should be yourself, and feel comfortable talking to your friends about important things.
Stone, Tamara. Every Last Word. New York, New York: Hyperion, 2015. Print.
Flashback The flashback shows that Sam doesn't trust her friends to know she has OCD.
"'Don't worry, they won't find out. They're upstairs'"(6).
Symbolism The colored notebooks represent Sam's different moods. She writes in the red when she's mad, blue when sad, and yellow when happy.