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The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Chapter 15

By Carolyn Mackler

Chapter 15

  • On Monday morning, Dr. Shreves actually does something cool: she agrees to call the school and let Virginia take a personal day.
  • Of course, this doesn't mean her mom has suddenly stopped living in denial about, oh, everything, which she proves by saying they all love Byron, and so long as they go on about their lives like everything is normal, everything will actually be normal. That's one way of handling things, Mom.
  • After her mom leaves for work, Virginia takes a fitful nap, and when she wakes up, she hears grunting coming from Byron's room.
  • She's afraid he's masturbating or having sex, but it turns out he's just lifting weights.
  • Virginia dashes out of the house and heads to Krispy Kreme for doughnuts.
  • The rape happened after the Virgins and Sluts party, and Virginia tries to remember the name of Byron's date.
  • As she binges on doughnuts, she plays out scenarios in her head of how the rape could have happened.
  • She imagines that the girl got drunk and went back to Byron's room by choice, but she can't escape the fact that he forced himself on her.
  • She starts crying so hard on the way home that she has to duck into a Starbucks bathroom to wash her face.
  • How could her hero have let her down like this?

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