What Is The Theme Of Drums, Girls And Dangerous Pie Essay

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Imagine this, you find out that your younger sibling has been diagnosed with cancer and you feel hopeless. You feel like there is no one there for you. You feel like you’ve been abandoned and start pushing people away because you’re upset and scared. In the novel, Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, Steven’s relationships with people who care about him, change in different ways because of what is going on at home. Steven’s brother, Jeffrey, has been diagnosed with cancer and he started to change. Not only does he change, but his relationships with Annette, Renee, his mom, his dad, and Jeffrey have all changed throughout the story. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, shows a change in Steven and Annette’s relationship. Annette and Steven …show more content…
Before Jeffrey was diagnosed with leukemia, Renee never payed attention to Steven but now, they are good friends. For instance, in the chapter “Anxiety With Tic-Tacs”, Steven started to tell Renne what had happened that morning and how Jeffrey fell off of the stool. Renee had cut him off by saying, “Oh, sorry, Steven. I have to go talk to Jenna and Steph. Wait up!” (Sonnenblick 27). This shows that Renee didn’t really care about what Steven was saying, but she wanted to be nice to him by asking him why he seemed out of it. Moreover, Renee talked to Steven about Jeffrey having cancer (Sonnenblick 128-130). When Renee sat next to him on the bus, Steven’s response to her was “Uhhh...hi, Renee. Can I help you with something?” This shows that Steven is confused because Renee sat next to him and started talking to him. On page 130, Steven said “Holy cow. Renee Albert knew I was alive.” Something traumatic had to happen to Steven for Renee to notice him. This shows that Renee can be a nice person and that she does care for Steven as a friend. Lastly, when Renee went over to Steven’s house to tutor him for math, Steven told her she couldn’t come in (Sonnenblick 159-161). When Steven went to apologize and gave his reasoning for not letting Renee, she understood because he was going through alot (Sonnenblick 179). This shows that Renee also felt bad for getting mad at …show more content…
At the beginning, Steven was very hostile with his mother but now, they joke around together. On page 43, Steven and Mom are talking about how she has to take time off of work to go with Jeffrey to Philadelphia. Steven then says, “Younger son allegedly has cancer. Mom quits job. Mom and younger son get ready to skip town. Father and older son stand around like idiots and prepare to buy a huge supply of-what? TV dinners?” (Sonnenblick 43). This shows how sarcastic Steven is with his mom. Steven felt like his mother was just abandoning him and Dad. However, when Steven was getting ready to go to the dance at his school, his mom was trying to help him find something to wear and joked around with Steven. Mom said “You look like a handsome young man...although you might want to zip your fly.” (Sonnenblick 91). This shows that even though Mom is under a lot of pressure with taking Jeffrey to his doctor appointments, she still has time for Steven and is still able to joke around and have fun with both of her

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