Chapter 13 Summary

A week finally passes, and the students begin arriving in droves to the campus. Kippy, Dolores's new roommate, is among them, the girl with whom she had been exchanging letters all summer. In those letters, Dolores invented a life for herself much more interesting than the one she truly lived. Dolores also neglected to mention her weight problem.

When Kippy bursts into their shared dorm room, along with her mother and father, she is dumbfounded. Dolores is in the middle of consuming a birthday cake; her jeans are unsnapped. No one says a word. They all stare at Dolores. Kippy is confused; she thinks she must have the wrong room. Kippy is expecting the person from those letters, not the fat woman who stands before her....

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