POHW Before & After Poster

By Faith Cole

1) Hollis' Outlook on Life

In the beginning, Hollis is sad and lonely after running away from several foster homes. In the end, she is happy to be a part of the Regan family.

"This can be a new start, Hollis. A new place." pg.5

2) Josie's Dementia goes from Bad to Worse

In the start Josie was already forgetful, but remembers lots of things. Towards the end she doesn't even remember Hollis, but thanks her for saving her.

Josie doesn't remember exactly who I am anymore. She loves me, though, I know that, and always reaches up to my cheek. pg.165

3) Hollis' Wanting to Run Away

At the beginning of the book, Hollis constantly ran away and never stayed in one home too long. But closer to the end, she didn't want to leave Josie alone.

"Josie wants to come home. She remembers home, but she forgets so much else," I told Beatrice. "The agency isn't going to let her stay there alone. And they want me to go somewhere else."

4) Steven's Fighting with the Old Man

At first, Steven and the Old Man have a good bond. But closer to the end, they fight and Hollis thinks it's her fault.

The man shook his head. "Steven." pg.15

5) Beatrice's Worry for Josie

Before, she was totally fine with leaving Hollis alone with Josie while she went to Mexico to paint the deserts. But when Hollis calls her from the phone in Branches, she is flipping out about Josie's safety.

When she began to speak, it seemed as if she couldn't stop. " I've been calling for days, Hollis," she said. "Where are you? Is Josie all right? Do you know where Josie is? Please know. I've been so worried." pg. 161

6) Hollis' Thoughts about the Regans

In the beginning, Hollis wasn't sure about staying with the Regans, because of the truck incident. In the end, she couldn't be happier to stay with them.

"It's me, Izzy," I said. "Do you think I could come home?" pg. 162

7) Hollis' Want for Barriers of Feelings

When she first meets Josie, Hollis won't let Josie see the real Hollis. Closer to the end, she talks to Josie about everything.

"I've lived here"-Josie raised one eyebrow-"since they invented the spoon."

"Who did that, anyway?" I asked, trying her out. pg. 9