Oscars Smore

Mental Illness

“Genetics, environment and lifestyle combine to influence whether someone develops a mental health condition.”

-Maureen ends up with a mental illness and eventually attacks her mother. This could be due to her early life which caused her to backlash to her parents from years of being ignored and treated as a second thought


“For many disobedient, their breach of law is demanded of them not only by self-respect and moral consistency but also by their perception of the interests of their society.”

- Rex constantly throughout the novel shows civil disobedience. The most clear example of this would be when they got in a high speed chase with the police. This shows Rex’s unwillingness t follow the law.


“Addiction is based in the brain. It involves memory, motivation, and emotional state. The processes involved in these aspects of brain function have thus been logical targets for the search for genes that underlie risk for alcoholism.”

- In the novel it is shown that Rex’s mother was an alcoholic who could mean that Rex inherited this from his mother. It also could be out o habit of him being an alcoholic.


“The proposed rule was released and provided necessary clarification on terms within the statutory definitions of "homeless," "homeless individual," "homeless person," and "homeless individual with a disability" and contained proposed recordkeeping requirements designed to assist communities appropriately document an individual or family's homeless status in the case file.”

-The walls family was homeless when they get in Phoenix as they slept in the car on the beach for a week r two.


"In the parent-child relationship, parents have some basic rights and responsibilities"

-Throughout the novel Jeanettes parents seem to constantly fail to provide a stable home and hold down a job. This is a violation of many laws involving a childs well being.


"Educational neglect is a parent or guardian's failure to ensure the child attends school as required by law."

- In the beggining of the novel Jeanattes parents don't enroll her into school untill she is 8 years old. This can be called neglection of a childs education.