Study Guide

The Usual Rules Chapter 15

By Joyce Maynard

Chapter 15

  • On Sunday, Wendy remembers how she and her family used to do fun things together, like go to the museum or the zoo, or even to an amusement park.
  • But at Garrett's house, he doesn't plan anything for them to do together. Instead he goes to visit Carolyn and leaves her at home with the dog.
  • Wendy calls up Amelia, who tells her that everyone at school is talking about Wendy and wants to know all about California. Amelia informs her that she's been hanging out with this boy named Chief.
  • After she hangs up, Wendy thinks about her mother and reflects on how she keeps losing her over and over again—and how grief doesn't just happen in one instant and then go away. Grief has a real knack for sticking around.