Friday, May 27, 2016

The Nancy Drew Files #79: No Laughing Matter (1993)


Nancy, Bess, and Ned are sitting around eating Chinese food and talking when Ned tells them that his class is taking a field trip to the local prison. To help them better understand white collar crimes, their professor wants them to talk with real inmates. Bess remembers that their friend Lisa's brother is there because he got caught laundering money through Over the Rainbow, a local comedy club. Before she can even ask, Ned lets Nancy know that he already cleared it with his professor for her to come along.

They meet a money launderer who tells them all about how he made illegal money gambling and tried to launder it through the grocery store he owned. Matt, Lisa's brother, then catches her eye and waves her over. He tells Nancy that he absolutely did not embezzle or laundry money and begs her to help. Matt also tells her that the only person he suspects is his former junior partner Peter Sands.

The next night, Ned stops by to pick Nancy up and take her to a party. A white van comes out of nowhere and almost pushes them off the road, but he gets the car under control. Ned then realizes that he saw the van earlier in the parking lot of his college. Bess introduces Lisa to Nancy, but the girl seems really cool, especially when Nancy brings up Peter's name. Though she swears she believes her brother is innocent, she seems less than happy that Nancy is helping and really can't give them much information. She supposedly even has a hard time remembering the name of his lawyer.

Since Nancy wants to get a closer look at the club and Bess has some type of connection, she suggests that Nancy get a job as a waitress. They head to Over the Rainbow and get inside, which is where they overhear a woman saying that if anyone leaks “it” that Johnny will kill them all. The same woman then notices Nancy and introduces herself as Bianca, one of the club's managers. She also introduces them to the other manager, Tony, before hiring Nancy on the spot. Wow, I never knew it was that easy to get a job in a popular club.

They randomly run into this guy Rusty and his partner as they're going over their act. Bess jumps in, they do the whole performance, and he hires her to fill in while his partner is out of town. The girls also notice an older well dressed couple parking in the comedy club lot before going to a dance club. Nancy finds it weird since the club is more popular with younger people and is pretty casual.

She spends the next day checking things out. The woman who swore Matt opened a new account at her bank unexpectedly won a trip to Hawaii and left town. Matt's lawyer isn't sure he did it but can't remember much about the case. He did get two handwriting experts to come in, and both agreed that the embezzlement paperwork was signed by Matt. She also meets his PI. The man is more interested in flirting with her than doing any help, but he does say that he thinks Matt is innocent. Her and Nancy go to see Peter and find Lisa there. Lisa acts super embarrassed and takes off, and Peter claims she's doing an internship with him. Is that what the kids are calling it now?

When Nancy finally goes to work that night, she gets the chance to spend some alone time in the office. It's there that she finds paperwork that includes a receipt for multiple bottles of champagne, which is weird because the club doesn't serve alcohol. She then finds receipts for poker chips and playing cards, which she thinks is proof the club operates an illegal gambling casino.

Keith, the PI, stops by the club to flirt with her some more, and she gets to meet Johnny, the club's owner. When she sneaks back into the office, she finds an accounting book, but someone then hits her over the head and knocks her out. Yes, again. She comes to, tells Bess what happened, and then runs to tell Ned too. He decides that he should probably stick close to her from now on. Good idea.

The next morning, they drive over to Bianca's apartment and then follow her as she picks up Tony and then to the warehouse district. Nancy approaches them and pretends she was just out for a drive. Bianca acts super shifty and says they just needed to pick up some club supplies before they make an excuse to leave. Nancy then talks to the guy at the front door of the warehouse about buying poker supplies, and he tells her that the only see wholesale in bulk.

The two then go to meet Carla, the bank lady who swears Matt opened an account with her. She acts shady as well, telling them that she really doesn't want to go over everything yet again. Carla just says she gave him a receipt and identified him in court. When Nancy asks about her trip, the woman lights up and says it was amazing. She also says that her uncle paid for her trip, which is odd since she supposedly won it.

Determined to find more evidence, Nancy sneaks over to Peter's office. She finds a book that has all the travel receipts for Over the Rainbow in it. Just as she finds proof that the club paid for Carla's trip, Lisa bursts into the room and demands to know what she's doing there. In like 30 seconds, she breaks down and says that she started dating Peter right around the time her brother got arrested and now she thinks he set him up.

Cut to Peter walking in the room. They tell him everything, and he's all shocked. He confesses to finding some suspicious receipts but says he really believed it all pointed to Matt being guilty. Peter even lets them go through his files. Ned comes in when he sees Peter leaving and finds a receipt for a company called Allen Associates. When they call the number, it doesn't exist.

Nancy and Ned then go to Carla again. She finally breaks down and says that he lied on the stand to get a free vacation. Someone really did open the account but it wasn't Matt. While on the way back to her house, they see the same white van and follow it. The van stops at a warehouse, guys climb out, they pick up a bunch of gaming tables, and then take off again. Nancy and Ned lose them and head back to the warehouse. Ned pretends that he's one of the guys and finds the address they were on their way to.

Nancy thinks there is something weird about the hip dance club near the comedy club. While checking it out, someone grabs her from behind. It's Keith who wants to flirt some more and drops no new information. She then goes into work and gets a call from Ned. He tells her that he tracked down Allen Associates and that it doesn't exist. The address is just an empty lot. Before he can tell her anything else, she realizes that someone is listening in on the call.

Bianca acts completely cold to her, which makes her think she was the one on the phone. She then overhears Bianca and Tony having a fight over a receipt. Tony tells her that it's too big, that she needs to make it smaller to be believable, and then warns her to put it away before Johnny catches them. When Nancy learns from Johnny that there are private rooms upstairs for rent and both are rented, she sneaks her way up there. The bouncer originally refuses to let her in but then agrees to let her look around a bit. To no one's surprise, she finds that the rooms are filled with gambling equipment and people in fancy clothing.

That's when she notices Keith. It suddenly comes to her that Keith knew Johnny for a long time and that there were rumors of Johnny laundering money through the club. She sneaks away before he can see her and winds up in a long hallway that seems to lead to nowhere. When she finds a light, she follows it, opens a trap door, and suddenly finds herself on stage in the comedy club.

Everyone thinks it's hilarious, and Rusty even wants to write it into his show. Johnny stops her and seems confused about where she came from and where the tunnel goes. Nancy makes up an excuse and rushes to the office. This time, she finds a hidden drawer that has all the records for the illegal casino. Bianca catches her but denies she had anything to do with the casino and puts the blame on Johnny.

Bianca even has Tony come in to talk to her. It turns out that they were planning a secret party for a friend at the club. Johnny wouldn't let employees use the club for personal reasons so they kept it a secret from him. They even show her that all the boxes she saw them with are boxes of party decorations and invitations. The phone then rings. Nancy hears Bess crying and then hears Keith threaten her that unless she backs off, she'll never see her friend again.

Nancy bluffs and says that Carla will admit she lied and identify Keith as the man who opened the account. He tells her that unless she meets him in the morning and trades the documents for Bess, he'll kill her. Both Bianca and Tony convince her that getting Bess back is more important than bringing down the bad guys. She gets a note the next morning to meet at a burned down club, but she first goes to the private rooms and finds that someone cleared out all the evidence the night before.

The only thing left is a single poker chip. Bianca then steps out of the shadows and says she got there early to look for proof too. They hear a knocking sound, which Nancy realizes is Bess trying to get their attention. The trio follow the noises until they find Bess tied up and gagged. Keith steps into the room with a gun, Ned tells him it's four against one, and then Johnny steps in with a gun of his own.

Johnny herds them all into a different room and gives them the chance to ask any questions they have. Nice guy, right? Nancy asks if it was all his idea, and he admits that he had friends in Vegas who wanted to expand their operations and that Over the Rainbow seemed like the perfect place. Tony accidentally wanders in, and Johnny tells him he's sorry that he has to kill him now too. He keeps talking and doesn't notice as Tony and Ned get closer to them. They jump the guys and hold them down while Bess runs to call the police.

At the end of the book, they hold a welcome home party for Matt. Bianca and Tony announce that they're going to take out a loan and buy the club and ask Bess if she'll come back sometimes and do her performances on stage. They all celebrate Matt walking in the door. Ned tells Nancy that she's the best detective in River Heights and his favorite person in the world before kissing her. Aw.

*I love that Bess drives a red Camaro. It somehow seems to fit with her personality.

*Nancy dresses “up” for the party, which means she wears a blue sweater that matches her eyes and jeans that hug her body.

*Hannah makes fruit salad, cheese omelets, hash browns, and like six other things just so Nancy and Ned can eat breakfast together.

*It's nice to know that Carla was willing to put a man behind bars for years in exchange for a three week trip to Hawaii.

*The end is a little weird because Nancy says that Matt's lawyer is working with the authorities to get him out of prison soon. He literally walks into the room on the next page. I'm pretty sure it takes a little longer to exonerate a person.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fear Street: The Dare (R.L. Stine)


In the prologue, Johanna Wise is creeping across a lawn with a gun in her hand. She starts thinking about how the news will report on what happened and talk about how she was always such a nice and sweet girl. She then stops and wonders if she's really about to murder one of her teachers.

We then go back a few weeks to Johanna and her best friend Margaret heading to the 7/11 for dinner. Since they're both always broke, they often grab hot dogs for dinner. They see a group of rich kids like Dennis, Caitlin, and Zack goofing around. The kids make a huge mess, the clerk yells at them, and one of the guys pulls out a gun. It's just a water gun though, and Zack throws some money at the guy on their way out.

The next day at school, Johanna hears Dennis complaining to their teacher, Mr. Northwood, about their upcoming midterm. The poor little rich boy already has plans to go to the Bahamas for break, but if he misses the test, he'll get tossed off the track team. That can't happen because he has a shot at the Olympics. The teacher tells him that he won't reschedule the test, which is what should happen. Johanna hears a noise and thinks he punched the teacher, but he actually just threw some books on the floor.

Dennis starts talking to her in the hallway. He makes a bunch of rude comments about their teacher, to which she says that she has to be nice to him because he's her next door neighbor. Dennis chats her up some more, and they wind up flirting. She's about to ask if he wants to grab a bite, when he points to Caitlin waiting for him outside in her little coupe. He tells her they'd give her a ride but it's a two seater. Johanna rushes over, punches the other girl in the face, and takes her to seat as he smiles on. Actually, she just watches as they drive off together.

The date of their midterm arrives, and Dennis doesn't show up. Melody, one of his cult members – I mean friends, talks back to Northwood. He tells her to stop by after class, she says she has a tennis lesson, and he tells her to be late. Instead, she just runs off when class lets out. Johanna then hears the teacher getting really snippy about how rich kids in the school have too much power and deserve to get punished.

While on the phone with Margaret, Johanna starts talking about how their classmates are completely out of control. She then hears a car door slam and a crashing sound, which causes her to hang up and check to see if someone broke into her house. She finds Caitlin, Lanny, Zack, and Melody hanging around outside their teacher's house.

Zack is just about the only one who notices her. The girls go out of their way to make it clear she isn't wanted. Zack then starts carving Dennis's name into the teacher's bumper. There's a noise and Northwood comes tearing out of his house. He tells Johanna that he knows who it was and that he hopes she isn't friends with them. She swears she isn't and leaves as he gets ready to call the cops.

When she doesn't hear the cops, she assumes he changed his mind. The next day though, all the rich kids are missing. Northwood calls her to his desk, says he believes she doesn't hang around with them, and that he got the other suspended from school. Dennis calls her that night and tells her a bunch of stories about his trip, which makes her feel even poorer than ever. Despite him being a massive ass, she still has a crush on him.

Dennis also tells her that the principal lifted the suspension. Melody told him that all their parents showed up at school, threw a tantrum, and he almost cried. Johanna briefly thinks about how the principal would just laugh if her mom showed up at school. He also asks her to be his date to an upcoming party. Since he's such a winner, he tells her that Caitlin and him date other people sometimes and that she'll be out of town anyway. Somehow, she still agrees to go out with him.

When she goes back to school, he shows up with a conch shell. Even though he's super rich, all he brought her back was a shell he found on the beach. Caitlin comes in, says he told her he got the shell for her, and tries to rip it out of her hands. They fight, and Johanna smashes the shell against her face until she's bleeding everywhere and Dennis is just laughing. Got you. It's just another lame fantasy she had. She should really see someone about this crap. Caitlin really just walks up, ignores her, and Dennis follows her off like a little puppy dog.

Johanna finally realizes that Dennis may not her as much as she thinks. She catches him full on making out with Caitlin at lunch but still goes out with him. He takes her to the party, doesn't introduce her to anyone, and basically ignores her all time. At one point, he literally starts a conversation with someone else when she's right next to him. That doesn't stop him from joking around with everyone about how they're going to kill the teacher or making out with her in his car.

They get interrupted by a noise, which turns out to be Northwood taking out his trash. Dennis pretty much shoves her out of his car and takes off. Johanna goes inside, finds the gun her father bought years ago, and seriously thinks about killing her teacher. She goes from normal to psycho in a fraction of a second, all because she thinks he's spying on her. The only thing that stops her is her mom asking what the hell she's doing hanging out of the window with a gun in her hand.

In school the next day, Dennis asks if he can come over and study with her that night. She agrees but forgets about having plans already with Margaret. When Margaret calls, Johanna lies and says she's sick so she needs to spend the night in bed. Dennis shows up with his whole group, including Caitlin who spends all night feeling him up and practically peeing on his leg to mark her territory. Zack explodes because Northwood caught him cheating on a quiz and actually punished him. Gasp, the horror. He then says that he wants to take care of him tonight. God, I feel so sorry for these kids when they get to college!

Zack reveals that his college age brother gave him a vial of skunk “juice” from the college laboratory and that he wants to play a prank on Northwood. After a fight over who will do it, Johanna steps up. She gets to his doorstep, starts to change her mind, and gets scared when he opens the door, which causes her to spill it everywhere. She then runs off as he shouts behind her. The group thinks she's so cool that they take her out to dinner. When she gets home, Margaret is waiting for her with soup and is clearly disappointed in her friend.

The rich kids start coming over every night and make her a part of their group. While playing around one night, Zack finds her dad's gun. Melody tells him to put away or she'll leave. They keep horsing around, the gun accidentally goes off, and Zack gets shot. Everyone freaks out, Johanna calls 911, and Dennis comes up with a plan. The guys take Zack outside and dump him in Northwood's yard. The others, except for Melody who can't stop crying, clean up the living room until Johanna realizes the gun is missing. Dennis put it out in the yard and runs outside when the cops show up to tell them that Northwood shot Zack.

While making out with Dennis a few days later, Johanna fills us in on what happened. The cops found the blood in her living room, checked the registration on the gun, and realized the teacher had nothing to do with it. They let him go, but he now keeps piling up on the schoolwork. Pretty much everyone in school now hates him. Dennis tells her that his guy friends keep daring each other to kill Northwood, and when he dares her, she agrees to do it.

Word spreads around school faster than you would believe, but somehow the teacher never hears it. Margaret gets her alone and warns her about what people keep saying. Zack then tells her that they started taking bets. He's up to $1,000 and will give her half if she goes through with it. Wow, hiring a hitman is cheaper than I thought! Dennis calls her that night, tells her that she has to do it on Saturday, and that he's counting on her.

Johanna later sees Northwood carrying logs into his house. She wanders over, sees him fall, and grabs a log that she uses to bash him over the head. Since it looks like an accident, she just sneaks away. This is just another one of her disturbing fantasies though. It isn't until later that night that she grabs the gun and sneaks out to go over to his house.

She goes into his house, sees him arranging his logs, and pulls the gun out of her pocket. Her hands are shaking so bad that she can't even concentrate, which is when Margaret calls her name. She stopped by so they could study for an upcoming test. Saturday finally arrives, and Dennis shows up at her house. He's all nervous and twitchy, which she thinks is because he's nervous for her. Johanna makes an excuse to go upstairs, down some Pepto, and freak out about whether or not she's actually a murderer.

When she finally sneaks into his house, she finds him already dead on the floor with blood everywhere. Johanna flips out until Dennis comes in and starts talking about how he's so proud of her for doing it. When she says she didn't, he shakes his head and tells her to check her gun and see that it was recently fired. Caitlin arrives, Johanna runs to her for help, and Dennis tells her that it's all over. She gets excited and they start kissing. Really, Johanna, what did you actually expect to happen?

Dennis tells her that Caitlin dared him to go out with Johanna and convince her to take care of their little Northwood problem. Since he doubted she would go through with it, he did it himself and already called the cops. The cops arrive and immediately arrest Johanna as Caitlin bursts into crocodile tears and they tell the police that they tried to stop her.

Just as they're about to haul her off, someone notices that Northwood isn't actually dead. When they lift him up, they find that he had a recorder running in his pocket the whole time. It then plays the exact conversation Dennis, Johanna, and Caitlin just had. They arrest the two, one of the cops asks Johanna what Dennis meat on the tape about a dare, and she just mumbles something about how it was a sick fantasy they had.

Eh, not too bad. I thought the ending was pretty standard though. Dennis pretty much made it clear through the whole book that he had no real interest in her, and I have no idea why she wanted to hang out with his gang of ass hats either!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Point Thriller: Hide and Seek (Jane McFann)


Hey! This is one I never read or had when I was younger. This should be interesting!

The End.

Lissa is all alone and thinking about how she'll die in just a few short minutes. While stroking the head of Bird, her pet bird, she realizes that Bird is just about the only thing she might miss other than Josh. Though she thinks she might be wrong about who is outside and coming for her, she knows in her heart that her time is up. She slowly begins dying and realizes that it's nothing like it is in the movies and that she doesn't see her life flashing before her eyes.

The Beginning.

Lissa flashes back to her early life and remembers her mom warning her not to disrupt her dad. She recalls her mom grabbing her arm and snapping at her to be quiet before calming down and saying they should read a book together. Her dad enters the room and demands to know what all the commotion was about earlier. She then remembers swinging on the playground and thinking about how Josh always teased her about her elf hair before reminding herself that she promised not to think about him.

The Beginning Part II.

Lissa then remembers when and how she got her hair cut so short. Her mom was braiding her hair one day when her dad walked in and immediately started bitching about how his life was oh so hard. Seeing his wife pay attention to someone else put him over the edge, and he demanded that his wife cut his daughter's hair off. When she refused, he grabbed the scissors and slashed off her braid. The stylist had to cut it even shorter because of what he did. Lissa then remembers feeling Josh touch her hair and how he looked at her for the very first time before he introduced himself.

Now, onto the story.

While still trapped in whatever room she's in, Lissa starts remembering other moments, like when she met her best friend Abby. Abby was a little girl with an inquisitive mind. She demanded to know what Lissa's dad did and that they follow him to the barn one day and watch him. Abby also arranged to come over to her house and actually followed through with her plans, which led to them finding out that her dad was a painter.

She also remembered her mom sharing big news with her dad and seeing him light up for the first time ever. Her mom later announced that he just booked a big show and that they'll all get to go to NYC together. Her dad threw a fit about taking her with them until her mom pointed out that they had nowhere to leave her because he didn't like them having friends. They went, but he spent the whole trip screaming.

Lissa also recalls how much she loved drawing until her dad found one of her pictures. He scoffed at her, says the guy who spent decades trying to be a painter, and threw it in the trash. She didn't draw for a long time but started one day in school. Josh saw and stole it from her before telling her she did a good job. Worried that he didn't really like her though, she ran from him when he tried to talk to her after class.

Josh was so worried that he offended her that he brought her flowers the next day and held up class until she agreed to forgive him. She then remembers some other moments with her dad. He once got interviewed for a major magazine and charmed the reporter so much that she couldn't stop fawning over him. She went on and on about how he was so sweet and charming and how her mother was so lucky, while her mom just tried to not burst into tears. That same night, he screamed at her for an hour after she dropped food on the floor.

Despite getting perfect grades, her dad just rolled his eyes when she brought home a report card and complained about how she was so young that grades didn't matter. One day, a girl from school showed up with her mother. Nicolette, the girl, wanted to be an artist, so her mom thought it was perfectly fine to just show up on their doorstep. Her dad actually looked at her lame work, seriously lame since one was a drawing of a unicorn, told her she showed promise, and recommended she keep working on improving her skills.

All this led Lissa to believe that her dad didn't love her and probably didn't love her mom either. Her mom sits her down and tells her the story of how she first met him. Her mom was a computer science major in college and had to take an art class. She ended up with Lissa's dad as her TA. He rode her constantly about how bad her work was until she finally went off on him for being a bully. She eventually spent some time with him and ended up cleaning his apartment for him. How romantic.

After a summer break, she came back to school and ran into him on campus. He told her that he missed her, she joked that he only missed her cleaning, and he completely blew up at her. They then started spending time together because she was a total pushover. Even though he never proposed to her and she admits that they never actually dated, they somehow decided to get married. She graduated, they moved, and she vowed to stand by him no matter what. This is seriously the worst love story of all time!

The story goes back to Josh. He offered her a ride home, which she refused because she didn't know what her dad might do. Josh gave her a ride to one of his favorite places instead, which was a wooded area. He told her all about how he loved climbing trees there when he was a kid. When she smiled for the first time, he got a kick out of it and thanked her for showing him her smile. Aw.

One night, she's daydreaming at dinner when her father asks her a question. He demands an answer and refuses to ask it again. When she can't answer, he tells her to go to her room and get our of his face. After she slammed her door shut, he stormed upstairs, grabbed her by the arm, and demanded that she go downstairs, walk back upstairs, and shut her door properly. There was a fight, and he basically threw her down the steps.

Even though she clearly broke her leg, he demanded that she get up and walk. When he saw her leg, he rushed back to the barn. Her mom took her to the hospital and begged her to tell everyone it was an accident. She went along with her mom's wishes, came home, and noticed that her dad would never be in the same room with her. On her 16th birthday, her mom suggested they go and pick her out a birthday gift. Despite her being in a lot of pain and having a massive cast, her mom still thought shopping would be fun.

Though her mom said she could get whatever she wanted, that isn't true. Her mom keeps wanting her to buy some new clothing or a piece of jewelry. When Lissa found the pet store, her mom claimed a dog was too loud for her dad and that he was allergic to cats. That's when she found Bird. Though her mom eventually bought the bird, she made it clear that they would have to bring it back if her dad wasn't happy.

Loving her drawings, Josh asks her to draw a picture full of animals for his grandmother's birthday. She did, he loved it, but she refused to sign it for him. She also refused to go out on a date with him or even meet his grandmother. Josh then jokingly suggested that they run away together and have 14 kids. Laugh all you want, but that sounds like a hell of a better life.

Her mom then tried to explain to her why her dad is the way he is, as is why he's such a massive douche bag. He came from a working class background. His mom was a store clerk and his dad worked in the mines. They never fostered his “amazing” artistic abilities, and his dad accused him of being gay when he found him drawing. Her dad enlisted in the military, went to Vietnam, and never talked to his parents again, even though his dad is still alive.

Cut to Lissa sitting outside with Bird. Her dad stormed out of the barn one day, she tried to hide from him, but he sees her and suddenly realizes there is a bird in his house. He grabbed the bird and tried strangling it to death. When she intervened, he wrapped his hands around her neck and told her she was already dead. Hours later, her mom found her curled up in the fetal position on the lawn and asked what happened. Even after seeing the massive bruises on her neck, her mom refused to believe her dad did it.

When her dad came rushing out of the barn and took off running, her mom finally believed her. She packed up their things, drove to a new town, hooked up with a real estate agent, and rented a furnished house on the spot. That is when Lissa started at her new school and finally met Josh. Since her mom was as much of a psychopath as her dad, the women went to talk things through with him and eventually started sneaking out of the house to meet him.

After walking into homeroom one day, Lissa's teacher gave her a note. She opened it, freaked out, and ran to the principal's office. His secretary told her that the note came from an attractive man who brought in her transcripts. Though she says she didn't give him any private information, the secretary then realizes that he saw her class schedule, which included her address. It really annoys me that they don't tell us what the note she got said.

Lissa rushes to Josh and asks him to drive her to the end of her street. Though he offers to drive her all the way home, she refuses. All she can think about is getting home before her dad can find Bird. When she does get home, her mom is gone and the house is completely silent. All she finds is a note on her bedroom mirror that says, “You're Dead.” And this is why you don't go out with the man who tried to kill your daughter!

After realizing that Bird is missing, she runs outside and thinks about running for help but then hears him in the woods. Lissa finds him and then hears someone threatening her, which leads her to run and hide in a tree hollow. The voice eventually leaves, but then she hears a bird that sounds just like Bird. It turns out to be Josh.

Josh helps her out of the tree and takes her to his car. He tells her about how he felt weird leaving her alone and decided to come back. Some strange man had a bird in his hand and was walking through the woods. When the bird bit him, the man cursed and took off. He then mimicked the bird call to find her after making sure the man was gone. Josh keeps asking her who the man was, but all she can do is cry.

He takes her to his grandmother's house to recuperate while they call the cops. She tries to get in touch with her mom but can't find her. The police finally show up and go to look for her father. Her mom promises to stand by her from now on. The cops find her dad, ask her mom to come to the station, and Gran demands that Lissa stay with her.

We then get to hear what happened. While her dad was in Vietnam, he and his soldiers saw an approaching group. They though they were fighters, her dad shot, and he wound up killing a teenage girl. Her mother threw him what he thought was a weapon but turned out to be a drawing of a green bird. Having a teenage daughter reminded him of what he did and it got worse when she brought home Bird.

Lissa then reveals that her dad has PTSD and went into therapy. Her mom agreed to let her stay with Gran to finish school while she worked on herself. Lissa believes that it's best for her and her mom to be apart and that she and her dad will get over what happened. In the end, Josh tries to hold her hand and she finally lets him.

What the fuck? No seriously, what in the actual fuck? Okay, so your dad tries to kill you multiple times, but it's okay because he's just traumatized. A few months of therapy and you can all go back to living happily together? Her mom was a huge bitch too. This book just totally pissed me off.