“Ellie, can you answer me one question?”
“Yes, Hilary. Your uniform makes you look like a brown Power Ranger.”
Hilary rolled her eyes all the way back and gave Ellie a “ha ha ha” through clenched teeth. A couple wearing matching tracksuits walked in and Hil gave them menus before returning her attention to Ellie.
“Eleanor, I’m being serious. Answer me one question and I won’t give you any more crap about school. Deal?”
Ellie pointed at Hilary. “Shoot, Megazord.”
“Why, oh why do you have to turn every confrontation with an authority figure into World War Four?”
“Wait, you want to know, essentially, why I can’t deal?” Hilary nodded emphatically, and Ellie continued. “Oh, that’s easy peezy. We can all thank Mrs. Richards.”
“Who the hell is Mrs. Richards?” Hilary asked.
“My kindergarten teacher. I will never forgive or forget that bitch.”
“Why? What did she do?”
“I’m glad you asked. See, the first day of school, Mrs. Richards gave us a note to give to our parents, letting them know that parents were responsible for their own kid’s snacks and drinks.” A security guard and two Chickentown employees joined the audience. “So, Tammy, that’s my mom’s name for those who are new to the show here, she reads the first part of the note but not the second. That would be the part which gives examples of what appropriate healthy snacks and drinks are recommended. The word ‘healthy’ was underlined and in bold print. You can see where this is going, right?” She motioned toward Hilary, who smiled and nodded. “So Mommy Dearest stops off at Quick Chek on the way to school and grabs me a Mountain Dew and Twinkies.”
There was a collective groan from the peanut gallery. Hilary used the pause in the story to take some orders before allowing Ellie to go on.
“Anyway, snack time rolls around, I open my Lion King lunch box and start digging in. Bitch Richards sees my Twinkies and comes flying at me like a hawk. She screams at me, throws away my Twinkies, and then walks me around the room pointing out examples of healthy snacks.”
“You’re kidding me.” Hilary laughed, picturing little Ellie being tortured by this teacher.
“I would not kid you about snacks. It was like five full minutes of ‘See, Ellie, that’s a banana. Bananas are an example of a healthy snack.’ Finally I snapped.”
“What did you do?”
“I cried and smashed my lunch box against the chalkboard. When Mrs. Richards said she was calling my mom, I called her a big green bitch.”
The entire congregation in the restaurant giggled at once.
“Why is that so funny? What the hell does that even mean?”
“I dunno. She was standing next to a Statue of Liberty poster. It didn’t make sense, but it was very effective as an insult. That was the first class I was ever kicked out of, and I’ve been a pain in the collective ass of the world ever since.”
Hehe. World ass. That’s funny.
AW! ELLIE ♥ Okay, so Ellie Stanton is not my typical type of book. But I really enjoyed her story. I enjoyed reading every second of the hardships, the witty remarks, and just Ellie’s story in general. There was so much going on not just in the words and on the page, but beneath every word and page. There was so much emotion and such a great story to tell with Ellie, and Aurora Zahni did such a great job with her words.
Okay, so Ellie? AWESOME. She was soooo amazing and soooo relatable. I’m a teenager. And yeah, I didn’t have her past or her present, but I understood her. And that’s what I thought was the beauty of the book. Ellie was a character that anyone could relate to. She had the vulnerability that was so evident, but what she said and did was the total opposite of it. I don’t know what I was expecting with Ellie, but I was pleasantly surprised at every turn. From the beginning, I was drawn to her somewhat snarky yet hilarious personality. She made me laugh, and stick my tongue out at so many people in that book for her sake, and then I also felt for her so bad.
I was hooked to Ellie and her story. I think, this was the quote that started it all for me, and made me laugh for the first time.
“Dont be a smart-ass, Eleanor. You’re lucky I didn’t leave your ass rotting on the couch this morning. I’m not the one who is going to get expelled if she misses another day of class this semester.” Tammy paused her rant long enough to light her smoke. “I’m not the one who cut class, slept with the kid up the street, and keeps getting suspended. Remember, I’m doing you a favor, so how about you shut up so we can get this over with?
“Whatever, mother. Today is Taco Day. You cannot ruin Taco Day.” Ellie drooled a little bit as she said it.
OH SNAP. haha.
Ellie was faced with so much drama and pain while her own mother was beating her down, and she comes up with Taco Day? YES. HELLL YES. 🙂 I loved her so much. I loved her willingness to run away and somewhat stand up to her mom, who by the way is a total b****. And then, there was her beautiful relationship with Hilary, who was like an older version of Ellie, and a mom to her. It was great to see her grow in this books, and there were so many moments in her journey that made her even more beautiful to me. I absolutely adored this book, and it’s a definite recommendation to any of you guys who want a story to relate to and a girl who seems to have a part of you inside of her.
*claps* 4 SOAARING BUTTERFLIES ♥