Study Guide

Ordinary People Chapter 1

By Judith Guest

Chapter 1

  • A teenage boy struggles to get out of bed on a school day.
  • Seriously, that's our beginning. The book isn't Extraordinary People, so what did you expect? Lasers?
  • The kid's dad tells him to get up, so he gets up and gets dressed. That was easy.
  • Today is a special day, it seems. Tuesday, September 30. A "Target Date" (1.11). No, not the start of Target's Black Friday sale, but one month since the boy has been home from the hospital.
  • But why was he there?