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When You Reach Me

When You Reach Me


by Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me Society and Class Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

"Latchkey child" is a name for a kid with keys who hangs out alone after school until a grown-up gets home to make dinner. Mom hates that expression. She says it reminds her of dungeons, and must have been invented by someone strict and awful with an unlimited childcare budget. (2.2)

Miranda is a latchkey kid. Why does Mom hate this phrase? What sort of term do you think she'd prefer?

Quote #2

Mom cried the first time she saw our apartment. The whole place was filthy, she says. The wood floors were "practically black," the windows were "caked with dirt," and the walls were smeared with something she "didn't even want to think about." Always in those same words. (4.15)

After quitting law school, Miranda's mom must support herself and her daughter on her own. Why does the dirty apartment make her mom want to cry?

Quote #3

But I soon found out that Julia wasn't like the rest of us. She took trips all over the world with her parents. She would disappear from school and show up two weeks later with satin ribbons worked into her braids, or with a new green velvet scoop-neck dress, or wearing three gold rings on one finger. She learned about sixty-percent-cacao chocolate, she said, in Switzerland, where her parents had bought her a lot of it, along with a little silver watch she was always shoving in people's faces. (11.11)

Miranda says she "hates" Julia a few paragraphs earlier (11.9). Why might that be, according to this paragraph? Is Miranda jealous of Julia's privileged life?

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