Study Guide

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things Chapter 2

By Carolyn Mackler

Chapter 2

  • Flashback to a year ago, when Anaïs sat Virginia down to give her a little sex talk.
  • Why, you ask, should your sister be the one to give you The Talk? Because Dr. Shreves's way of doing it was to toss a copy of It's Perfectly Normal on the girls' beds and call it a day.
  • Although their mom told them they could talk to her about sex whenever they wanted, the truth is that she's too busy therapizing (not a word, but totally should be) other teenagers to talk to her own.
  • We get a little background info here. To summarize:
  • Virginia's family is wealthy, with a house in Connecticut where the 'rents spend every weekend.
  • Mom's a workout fiend; Dad's a work fiend.
  • Anaïs couldn't deal with her mom's cluelessness, so she peaced out to the Peace Corps after her college graduation; now she's in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
  • Her most important bit of advice to Virginia? Don't do it with a guy if you can't talk to him about it.
  • Easy for Anaïs to say. She's so skinny and gorgeous people are always telling her she should be a model.
  • How could she know about the Fat Girl Code of Conduct?

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