The Angle

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In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.

"I know it's my fault, but if it wasn't for my dumb other sister Julie and stupid Matt Hayney it never would have happened. Julie's sixteen and because I'm thirteen she thinks it's all right to say I'm a sissy because I don't smoke or because I don't sleep with my mouth open on the school bus like her boyfriend Harry does. She teases me, too, because sometimes I get nervous when people make fun of me and once I had to go to the doctor about it. Even if he's a couple years older than me, I wanted Julie to like me so I hung around with Matt for a while. A lot of people didn't like him because he went to vocational school and stole a car once, but I didn't care because Julie said he was O.K."

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