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The Usual Rules Chapter 19

By Joyce Maynard

Chapter 19

  • Although Wendy didn't understand her parents' divorce when she was a kid, now she's starting to see why her mom broke up with Garrett.
  • Even though he's super easygoing, Garrett just doesn't think things out—and that's a problem for an adult who is in a relationship. Dude can be inconsiderate and irresponsible.
  • Wendy remembers with a pang how she was so mean to her mom before she died. She thinks about how she refused to watch her brother one day when her mother wanted to go see a dance show.
  • Instead of staying home like she was supposed to, Wendy took Louie with her to a party where they were watching scary movies, and later that night, Louie woke up with nightmares about the movies.
  • She can't stop thinking about all the things she regrets now and all the times she hurt her mother and Josh by being snide and ungrateful.
  • She thinks about the time that her mother brought up Josh formally adopting Wendy and how she was so mean to them both. Her mother said that Wendy broke her heart.