The horribly racist comments from Patty’s classmate are really awful. I really respect the way the author dealt with that, though. Not only where they really the kinds of things teenagers say, but both the spectator and Patty reacted realistically (as sad as that is). Even more depressing is that she also portrayed as school system’s response to it fairly realistically. If the bully were someone else, something would be done, and everyone involved knows that. I really hate that about school systems. My private high school was terrible about things like that. If you had the right family you could get away with absolutely anything. A year or two after I graduated one of my favorite teachers quit because of an incident where some students broke very serious rules and suffered absolutely no consequences because of who they were. I was so proud of her that day and so disappointed in the school administration. She had been teaching there for years, too. They lost a lot when she quit.