Hi, guys, so my book is due on March 1st, and I’ve decided I need a ton more examples. (I’m reading my previous book to my daughter and it turns out that I’ve already talked about Silence of the Lambs and Sideways a lot.) So I’m going do a bunch of checklist-free movies, and some books with just an Annotation and a BCI. And no more E’s. Here we go:
16 year old Kady Heron has been home-schooled in Africa and is only now going to an actual high school in America for the first time. She finds the experience humiliating. She eventually becomes friends with two “art freaks”, but also gets invited to sit with queen-bee girls called “the plastics”. The art freaks convince her to go undercover with the plastics are report back to them about how weird they are.
Why Kady Might Be Hard to Identify With: She says right away, “I know what you’re thinking, homeschool kids are freaks, or that we’re weirdly religious or something.”
- A white girl from Africa is unique. Her description of other homeschooled students proves that she’s self-aware.
- We’d never seen a high school movie with openly gay student that was no big deal, or frankly described groups like “Asian nerds, unfriendly black hotties, girls who eat their feelings, girls who don’t eat anything”, etc.
- She doesn’t know anyone at high school. It looks scary with people burning things in the front lawn. She says hi to a tall student thinking it’s the teacher, and the girl then threatens to beat her up. She bumps into the teacher spilling coffee all over her. She’s baffled that a teacher doesn’t allow her to use the bathroom. She’s not invited to sit anywhere in lunchroom at first and ends up eating lunch alone in a bathroom stall.
- When she then makes her first friends, she ends up in a classic bind: “I know it’s wrong to skip class, but Janice said we were friends, and I was in no position to pass up friends.”
- She’s not allowed to be interested in the guy she likes because Regina used to go out with him, “Ex-boyfriends are off-limits to friends. That’s just like, the rules of feminism.”
- She feels like an outcast, but she quickly realizes she doesn’t have to be. Her new gay friend tells her she’s “a regulation hottie” that can sit wherever she wants, which proves to be true.
- Her anthropological eye gives her a unique POV. She becomes a double agent for the art freaks spying on the plastics.
- She’s really smart. She becomes a mathlete.