The Significance of Setting
"I think Las Vegas reflects Skyla and Clive very well. When
you think of Las Vegas you think of casinos, a crowded city, and
a very, very crazy place. In my opinion, that's NOT the best place
to raise a fragile child who barely knows the people she would
be living with. Naomi is so used to a safe and calm environment
with Owen and Gram. Las Vegas would be such a drastic change for
her. Also, with Skyla in the condition she is in now with her
drinking problem, do you think a rowdy city like Las Vegas is
the best place for her?"
Definitions of Family
"I think I would also feel weird calling a stranger "Mom."
Mom is a word for someone special that takes care of you and accepts
you and loves you for who you are! For example, some people don't
even call their stepparents Mom and Dad, and they know them pretty
well! If I was Naomi, I would be more comfortable calling Gram
"Mom" than Skyla."
"I think she is being really mean to Owen. She should love
him as he son, no matter what he looks like! So what if one leg
is shorter than the other or that he has an obsession for scotch
tape! Skyla needs to accept Owen for who he is."
"In Sklya's opinion she really isn't their "mom".
She only wants Naomi so she can be friends with Clive's daughter.
She doesn't really "want" her otherwise."
"I think it's unfair how Skyla is buying Naomi all these
cool fashionable clothes and nothing for Owen. When he finally
got the bike he wanted really bad it wasn't even from her, it
was from her boyfriend, Clive. I wish she could appreciate Owen
"A lot of stepparents do that to kids, bribing them into