Boy do I relate with Marlene! As a curly haired girl growing up with a beautiful straight haired sister, this first impression really tugged at my heart. Middle school readers especially will really be able to relate to Marlene's feelings of not fitting in and dealing with the criticism from her family, even if they might not mean it as harmful. I know both are very common complaints with the middle schoolers I when with as a school counselor. I can't wait to see where Marlene's story goes!