What surprised the girls about Cecile's living conditions in One Crazy Summer?

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In One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia , two main things surprised the three main characters (Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern) about their mother Cecile's house. First, the girls were surprised by the unusual decorations that surrounded their mother's home. For instance, their mother had decorated her house with stucco that...

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In One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, two main things surprised the three main characters (Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern) about their mother Cecile's house. First, the girls were surprised by the unusual decorations that surrounded their mother's home. For instance, their mother had decorated her house with stucco that looked like "green frosting." Second, the girls were surprised by how well-off Cecile was. Their grandmother (their father's mother), Big Ma, told them that their mother lived in Oakland, California, "a boiling pot of trouble cooking"—which painted a very negative picture of Cecile's living conditions. Big Ma told the girls that their mother's home was a hole in the wall. Therefore, the girls expected their mother's home, which really was in a poor neighborhood, to be squalid, but they were pleasantly surprised when it was not.

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