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The Usual Rules Chapter 27

By Joyce Maynard

Chapter 27

  • Amelia continues to keep Wendy in the loop about what's going on in her life, and it has a lot to do with Chief, whom Amelia is now kissing and allowing to touch her bra.
  • Wendy wants to know if he tried anything else, since she and Amelia have made a pact that they won't lose their virginity until they're seventeen. Amelia's not so sure now, though.
  • Carolyn comes over for a sleepover and Wendy thinks about whether she and Garrett are having sex in his room and wonders who she can talk to about sex. She's curious now that she's getting older.
  • Later in the week, Wendy and Violet go to the mall with Walter Charles. Violet says she was dumb and that's how she got pregnant—she believed her boyfriend when he said it wouldn't happen.
  • In the meantime, Carolyn's busy at work writing to her son. She wants to tell him a little bit about herself and invite him out to see her. She's pretty darn nervous about the whole thing.
  • Wendy keeps calling home, but Louie never wants to talk to her. He's mad at her for leaving and Josh says that he doesn't understand her absence. Makes sense given his age and what he's been through.