It's bad enough my stepfather talks about me like a dog. The few times my mother gets on him about it, he laughs it off and says he's just joking. I should cut his tongue out, see how funny he thinks that is, 'cause there's sure nothing funny about being called ugly. So why does Mom let him do it? Sometimes I think she loves him more than me. Otherwise, she wouldn't let him tear me down like that.
One of these days, he's going to call me ugly, and I'm going to ugly myself on outta there. I don't know where I'll go, but it'll be far away from him. Then Mom won't have to worry about defending me. And I won't have to waste energy being angry because she hardly ever does. She's all right in private, though. She tells me to ignore my stepfather. (29.9-10)
Judianne might act like she's all that at school, but her family life is anything but perfect. Her stepdad tells her she's ugly and her mom just lets it happen. Judianne isn't so much mad at her stepdad (who's a real jerk) as she is at her mom. Isn't family supposed to stick up for you?