POHW Before Poster

by Matt Tisdell

1) Hollis' Outlook On Life

In the beginning Hollis is sad and lonely after running away from several foster homes. She has no family. Page 1 "This is a picture of a family, Hollis. A mother, M, a father, F, a brother, B, a sister, S. I don't see one W word here. How about W for wish, or W for want."

2) Hollis' Ability To Trust People

Hollis does not trust people unless they're like her. Page 5 "If someone looks into your eyes, I read in a book one time, he'll see right into your soul. I didn't want anyone to see into my soul."

3) Josie's Memory Loss

Josie is beginning to lose some memory. Page 72 "Hollis," she said slowly one night. "Mrs Cahill is old, and she has a tendency to forget."

4)Steven, and the Old Man's Relationship

The old man and Steven are starting to not along. Page 15 "Do they call you Holly? We have a pile of Holly bushes out front. Touch the leaves and they draw blood. I'm gonna call you Holly." The man shook his head "Steven!"

5) Hollis' Happiness

Hollis is not happy without the Regans. Page 1 "That day I thought I'd never see any of it again. N, never, and in my mind I drew an X over all of them, and over me, too."

6) What Hollis Thinks of Josie

Hollis doesn't know what to think of Josie. Page 7 "It wasn't just that see was was movie-star beautiful, or that she was wearing a blue dress made of filmy that floated around her, and rings on 8 of her fingers. It was this: She had a knife in one hand."

7) Hollis Wanting To Be Part Of a Family

Hollis really wants to be part of a family. Page 1 "What about W for wish, or W for want, or W for 'Wouldn't it be loverly'".