By V. C. Andrews
APRIL HAD continually FELT LIKE AN OUTSIDER.
Her older sister Brenda used to be tall, athletic, aggressive, and likely of herself. yet April Taylor was once brief, delicate, and obese -- and she or he couldn't get better from their father's slicing criticisms the best way Brenda did. April didn't be aware of why their once-loving dad had develop into a coldhearted monster, yet she used to be certain it had whatever to do along with her. and she or he may well see how his merciless habit used to be tearing away at her mild mom. yet a glimmer of happiness returns whilst Brenda brings domestic her university roommate: attractive, bewitching Celia. And April wonders if she is probably not so varied from Brenda after all....
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One night, standing at the doorway of his parents' bedroom, when his father was on a months-long business trip, crying while shouting at his mother, who was supine in bed, in the dark, Paul heard her softly and steadily crying, with her blanket up to her chin in a way that seemed childlike. Paul stopped shouting and stood sobbing quietly, dimly aware, as his face twitched and trembled, that he felt intensely embarrassed of himself from the perspective of any person, except his mother, he had ever met.
His second grade teacher recommended he be tested for the "gifted" program and he was admitted and began going every Friday to "gifted," in which most of the twenty-five. to thirty students, having begun in first grade, were already friends. Paul felt alone on Fridays, but not lonely or uncomfortable or anxious, only that he was in a new and challenging situation without assistance or consequence 37 Tao Lin for failure-a feeling not unlike playing a difficult Nintendo game alone, with no instruction manual.
They agreed to leave, but continued talking for around forty-five minutes, inviting each other to parties that weekend. " Laura said they could go to both parties-which seemed immediately obvious-and asked if Paul wanted to go to, K&M, where her friend was DJ-ing. Paul said he did, then went to the bathroom·, thinking that for matters involving social interaction he shouldn't trust himself, at this time, because certain words-"night," "party," "weekend"-had apparently changed, for him, probably due to his extended period of being mostly alone.