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Why did he tried to avoid Leslie and be friends with her anyway?

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user5175807 | Student, Grade 8 | Honors

Posted August 24, 2013 at 2:48 PM via web

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Why did he tried to avoid Leslie and be friends with her anyway?

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a0542959 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted August 24, 2013 at 3:43 PM (Answer #1)

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The main reason that Jess tried to avoid Leslie was because Leslie is a girl. Jess has only sisters and his mother--his father is present, but not very comforting to Jess--and he doesn't want to have another girl in his life. He chooses to ignore her for the most part, but nothing hostile. Then, at school, there is a race in gym class. Jess has been training all summer to be the fastest student in his class--and Leslie easily outruns him. During class at the end of the first week, they sing a song about being free to be yourself. Jess suddenly realizes how cruel he's been to Leslie--and thus their epic friendship begins.

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