account targeted at middle school aged girls. This account
spans before the author's life up through her sophomore year
of high school. (All of the names have been changed for
privacy.) The manuscript is twenty chapters long and
written in the form of vignettes. The manuscript contains a
fictional beginning and ending. The beginning shares a real
life scenario of a daughter and a father's interaction.
Afterwards, it follows the daughter, in her need for
independence and self-discovery to where she meets a
character of a classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird
and she is asked a haunting question. The main
character is asked the question what one element of her soul
she wants to keep. In real life remembrances she numerates
what elements of her life she finds most important to her as
an individual. As every person must find for him or herself
family and friends are two completely different but
essential relationships to be a well rounded person.
Through each remembrance, the main character learns a lesson
to the contrary of friendship or family closeness presented
in the situation. Each chapter starts with a
now memorable quote from influential members of history.
These quotes directly link to the vignette. The book begins
with a quote by journalist Sy Safransky about his personal
realization of loving himself and as the actual text of the
book, the quote begins with a dream. Because of the unique
structure of vignettes, the book never actually climaxes at
any one chapter. These quotes followed by the remembrances
act as a fortiori which bring the book together. The final
chapter comes with a deep and shocking realization and the
quote that introduces it symbolically has an unknown author.