Jeanette starts seventh grade at the highschool in Welch. Dinitia Hewitt also attends this school but they do not talk because of the opinions of the community on races mixing. Dinitia starts to fall down a bad path and ends up pregnant. She stops attending school and later Jeannette finds out she's in jail for stabbing her boyfriends mother. Girls at school are always talking about how far they have gone with their boyfriends but no boys are pursuing Jeannette. She believes that she is ugly and her smile is her biggest insecurity. She wants braces but can’t afford them so she makes them herself. One night her father discovers her invention, and he is very proud of her creative design. Jeannette begins her first job and is bullied by a reporter because of her poor hygiene and rough appearance. Her job opens her eyes to the real world for the first time. She reads the true news stories and doesn’t only get the skewed version that her parents tell her.
I'm getting laid, and 0mg it is so much fun.
I was porkchop ugly. And by that he meant so ugly that if I wanted a dog to play with me, I'd have to tie a pork chop around my neck. (walls 200)
0mg girl. Thats wild girl,who is it.
Oh my gosh, my teeth stick out so much. I am going to get braces.
What in the sweet Jesus is that in your mouth, Mountain Goat?
"Put that back on", Dad said. He studied my handiwork intently then nodded, "Those braces are a goddam feat of engineering genius" he said. (walls 200)
They are braces that I made myself. They are too expensive to buy.
Jennette is in the washroom and overhears girls talking about how they are having sex and are enjoying it. All she can think about is how ugly she is and how no one loves her, except for her family.
Hi Miss. Walls keep up the good work.
Hello Miss. Bivins!
She is at home looking in a mirror and trembling in tears at how her teeth stick straight out, so she devises a plan to fix this problem.
She puts on her braces at night, but one night her dad comes in and sees it on her. She is extremly embarrassed but her dad loves the idea and says that it is an amazing idea. Why go to a den
" I began to feel like I was getting the whole story for the first time, that I was being handed the missing pieces to the puzzle, the world was making more sense. " (Walls 204)
Jeanette meets who she was named after. Miss Jeannette Bivens, who was very inspirational and supportive to Rex when he went through school. She made sure that he persevered and got his diploma.
Jeanette starts her first job as at the The Wave newspaper as a proof reader. She was being bullied by an editor at work because of her lack of personal hygiene.
She starts reading the stories in the newspaper from her work. She is hearing the full truthful story rather than the skewed versions that her parents would tell her.