Macy Queen is the main character and protagonist in this novel. She is short for her age, with a round face, brown eyes, blond hair, and a sprinkling of freckles across her nose. Macy is afraid to speak out, thanks to the grief of her father dying, and Macy’s mother, Deborah, is also not over the grief. Deborah forces Macy to aim for perfection and appear calm and collected; “But part of my new perfect act was my appearance… I was still in front of the mirror, parting and reparting my hair… it still didn’t look right” (17). While still working at the library for her boyfriend at camp, Macy starts working for a small catering business, and finally feels like she belongs somewhere, “...I was stepping out of the careful box I’d drawn around …show more content…
Macy’s friends help her in life, and teach her important lessons that she will remember forever. “fly” (368 and 41) denotative~ move through the air connotative~ like you are on top of the world, a great feeling, finally coming out into the open, like you are soaring “junk” (364) denotative~ old or discarded articles that are considered useless or of little value. connotative~ old items that could find new life and perspective, vintage “between the lines” (269) denotative~ within the borders connotative~ within the area of speech topic that does not bring up anything wanted to be avoided, such as grief, or a loss “voice” (246) denotative~ the sound produced in a person's larynx and uttered through the mouth, as speech or song. connotative~ your opinion, say, your ability to speak out with your thoughts “forever” (374) denotative~ lasting for a long time, never ending connotative~ staying true and strong, never fading away, a constant feeling or emotion in life, “all I could see was beach and sky” (373) denotative~ a coastline and sky scene that stretches on connotative~ beauty is always there, forever, a beautiful moment that never seems to end, lasting for infinity “electric” (66) denotative~ having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement.
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