Is annalisa okay?

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From the very beginning of the book the author makes two things clear: Annalisa is not a normal mom, and Amandla knows it. Even though Amandla is hopelessly embarrassed and seemingly concerned about her mother’s dreams/visions she still starts the book by doing her best to appease her mothers (who refuses to be called mother) outlandish requests to “make their dreams come true”. An interesting distinction however is that Amandla does not actually share her mother’s dreams, and doesn’t trust her methods or desires. While this isn’t an example of an unreliable narrator, it is interesting to see how an unreliable parent affects the child in this case and how she has adapted to deal with her circumstances. This book also shows the difficulty of living somewhere but still feeling like you are not yet a part of the community, but learning to be.