My dad was convinced I was a coward, and to get me over it, he decided that what I should do was take the carton of eggs back to the Bakers and tell them we didn't eat eggs, or that we were allergic to them, or something.
Then my mom butts in with, "What are you teaching him here, Rick? None of that is true. If he returns them, shouldn't he tell them the truth?"
"What, that you're afraid of salmonella poisoning?"
"Me? Aren't you a little concerned, too?"
"Patsy, that's not the point. The point is, I will not have a coward for a son!"
"But teaching him to lie?"
"Fine. Then just throw them away. But from now on I expect you to look that little tiger square in the eye, you hear me?" (5.176-182)
When it comes to dealing with Juli's eggs, Bryce's mom and dad can't agree on a solution. Bryce's dad thinks maybe his son should just lie. (Nice lesson to teach your kid, Mr. L.) And even though Mrs. Loski isn't okay with this lying business, she also doesn't want her son to tell the Bakers that she's afraid to eat the eggs. This is a sticky situation for poor Bryce. Should he tell Juli how his family really feels and risk hurting her feelings with the truth? Or should he deceive her and avoid embarrassing himself as well?