If you’re reading this, I must be dead and maybe you’re going through this notebook hunting for clues. It always bugs me when I’m looking real hard for something and after a long time it turns up right under my nose where it was the whole time, so I’m going to tell you right here in the beginning all I know for certain. It may or may not make sense right now but who knows, maybe it will later on.
The ?rst certain thing I know is that Richard’s not ever gonna hurt Momma again. The second thing is that I had a sister named Emma. Here’s what else I know: we were moving to my grandmother’s house but now we’re not. Momma says in the river of life I’m a brick in her pocket, and I’m not sure what that has to do with her changing her mind, but Momma is most assuredly not driving in the direction of Gammy’s house. So until I ?gure it all out, the number one most important thing you need to know so you can tell ever-body is that I, Caroline Parker, am not crazy. I don’t care what anybody says—I’m not. I swear. People think I cain’t hear them say things when I’m in town like shh, shh, shh— there goes that Parker girl bless her crazy little heart but I’m not deaf, y’all. I’m just a kid. I’m not peculiar or crazy as an outhouse rat. And I’m gonna prove it once and for all. You wait and see. They’ll be lining up to say sorry and they’ll ask for a hug or something embarrassing like that but the best part’ll be when ever- body ?nally admits they’re wrong about me. I’m gonna do ever- thing right from now on. I’m gonna be like the other kids. I’m gonna be the best daughter in the whole wide universe—so good Momma’s not going to be
Right now Momma and me are riding in our old beat- up station wagon with all we got to our names stued into Hefty sacks in the way-back. Momma has an old- fashioned square little bitty suitcase she calls her travel case locked up next to her in the front seat. I never saw it before in my life. Heck, I never knew it existed till we lit out of town. She must have thought I’d go breaking into it if I’d found it back at the house and truth to tell I probably would have because I love little bitty things of any kind. What I dearly love more than anything in the universe is little bitty animals. We don’t have any pets but I’m hoping that’ll change in our new life because I want a dog so bad and I’m thinking if I’m real good and I never say the name Emma and I do ever- thing Momma wants she’ll give in and we’ll get a puppy. I promised Momma she wouldn’t have to do a dang thing because I’d take care of it but ever-time I bring it up she says I’d probably kill it along with ever-thing else. But I swear I wouldn’t. I’d take perfect care of her. I’d name her Pip. Short for Pipsqueak.
Along with boring stu? like clothes, I own this notebook I like to draw and write in. My favorite thing is making lists. I can make a list out of anything really. You name it and I’ll make a list out of it. It’s something else. That’s what Mr. Wilson our old neighbor says about my list- making abilities. That’s something else, he said when I showed him how I was making a list of his guns and bullets and holsters. But that was before I used his gun to shoot Richard and now I ain’t allowed to mention Mr. Wilson or guns anymore.
What I Own Personally
1. Two pairs of shoes if you count ?ip- ?ops, which I do.
2. One polka- dot dress I hate because it’s a polka- dot dress for goodness’ sake and it’s a dress and no one wears dresses to school if they can help it. I can’t recall when I ever wore it outside of church, back when we used to go to church.
3. A button- down shirt Momma calls a blouse that I’ve hardly ever worn on account of it being fancy and I haven’t ever done anything even close to fancy because we’re dirt- poor.
4. A book of words with the title Vocabulary 101.
5. Two pairs of shorts and one pair of blue jeans that don’t ?t no more.
6. Five old T-shirts from the Goodwill truck that used to come a couple times a year to sell things in the lot out back of Zebulon’s.
Copyright © 2012 by Elizabeth Flock
Random House reading group guide copyright © 2012 by Random House, Inc.
Author Elizabeth Flock stunned readers with Me & Emma, a heart-wrenching novel of sibling devotion and parental abuse. As What Happened to My Sister begins, nine-year-old Carrie Parker is now living in a small North Carolina town, although the fresh start envisioned by her mother Libby isn’t quite working out. Libby is still unable to cope with their tortured past and she has forbidden her daughter from even speaking Emma’s name. Then Carrie meets the Chaplins…
Cricket is her age and the inviting home she shares with her warmhearted mother and grandmother becomes a happy sanctuary for Carrie. But family secrets have a strong pull. The revelation of certain truths will affect the Parkers and Chaplins, transforming them all forever.
Hardcover Book : 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine/Delrey Books ( August 07, 2012 )
Item #: 13-577559
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.76inches
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I could not put this book down.I had never read this author before but I will definately be looking for more of her books.