By Wendy Lichtman

Tess loves math simply because it's the only topic she will be able to trust—there's constantly only one correct resolution, and it by no means alterations. yet then she starts off algebra and is brought to these pesky and mysterious variables, which appear to be in all places in 8th grade. while even your folks and fogeys will be variables, how on this planet do you discover out the correct solutions to the fairly vital questions, like what to do a few boy you love or whom to inform while someone's performed whatever particularly bad?

Will Tess's lifestyles ever cease altering lengthy sufficient for her to determine all of it out?

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Even if you tell her you’ve done something totally stupid, she makes you feel like you didn’t really do anything wrong, which is usually a great quality for a friend to have. But the reason I don’t want to tell Miranda that my mother isn’t reporting her killer friend is that Miranda might come up with a reason my mother isn’t doing anything wrong. That’s the problem with people who are totally positive. I looked at the s 5 and |m| I’d written on the back of my paper. I can’t tell them anyway, I thought, erasing both symbols.

Wright said, “for telling you there would be three essay questions. I received the exams from the state yesterday, and I see that it is, in fact, all multiple choice. ” This is another perfect example of how hard math is for Mr. Wright. A circle has 360 degrees, so when you do a “complete 360” you go all the way around and end up at the very same place you started— which would mean that the test would still have three essay questions. 33 What Mr. Wright meant to say was that he was doing a 180, which would take him halfway around the circle; that way he would come out on the other side to all multiple choice.

Well, somebody should,” Sammy said, opening the closet door so she could see the mirror again. “But what if your mother did tell,” Miranda said, hugging her old green sweatshirt, “and they investigated and found out Rob had nothing to do with it? If that happened, everyone would still think of him as a potential killer, which would be awful. ” While I thought about what Miranda said, I took off her white turtleneck sweater and handed it to Sammy. ” “I hate my boobs,” Sammy said. She stood up and walked back to the mirror.