Special Sub-Topic: Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes
|What does Steve do every Sunday at his father's church?|
light candles. When Steve's brother got in a car crash and died, Steve felt like he should have died due to the fact that his brother was training to be a minister. Steve attempted to run away to his uncle's house but got caught by the police. Steve's father came and picked him up from the police station, and they developed a close, respectful relationship.
|Sarah refers to herself and Eric as what?|
terminal uglies. Sarah Byrnes is scarred and Eric is fat. Their conditions are what Sarah refers to as 'terminal uglies'.
|How old was Eric's mom when she had Eric?|
18. Eric is 18 in this novel and his mom is 36. On the second page, Eric says his mom is 36. Eric is half his mom's age.
|Why is Eric's nickname 'Moby/Mobe'?|
he is an overweight member of his school's swim team. At first, Eric is ashamed of this nickname but grows to embrace it because it has become a part of who he is.
|Jody wanted to go to bed with Mark.|
f. Jody did not want to go to bed with Mark. She was thinking about breaking up with him. Mark forced her to sleep with him.
|What was Mr Byrnes doing to Mrs Byrnes that made Sarah jump on him?|
attempting to drown her in the kitchen sink. Mr Byrnes was trying to drown his wife in the kitchen sink. Sarah saw this and jumped on him to save her mother. This action then resulted in her father pressing her against a stove and severely burning her face.
|Mr Byrnes let Sarah get reconstructive surgery.|
f. Mr Byrnes felt that not letting Sarah get reconstructive surgery would toughen her up. In a way, this does toughen her up. She develops a sharp tongue as a self-defense mechanism against everyone, whether they make fun of her or not.
|When Sarah woke up at the hospital, the nurses told her that her face had become extremely burnt/scarred due to what? |
pulling a pot of spaghetti off the stove. Mr Byrnes did not want anyone to know he had purposely burnt his daughter.
|What is Mr Byrnes's first name?|
Virgil. Mr Byrnes is not the only mean member of his family. His sister is also mean. When Sarah went to stay with her, she often pitted Sarah and her cousin against each other.
|Sarah and Eric start a newspaper entitled what?|
'Crispy Pork Rinds'. Crispy refers to Sarah's burn face and pork refers to Eric's weight. Because of their terminal uglies, they are "leftovers" (outcasts) at their school. Rinds means leftovers.
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