Lily Owens: A white 14-year-old. Aspires to be a writer but is unaware of her path. As she struggles with the death of her mother, she learns about the true meaning of family and love. She gets beat a lot in the story by her father. She runs off with Rosaleen and finds the Boatwrights.
“Knowing can be a curse on a person’s life. I’d traded in a pack of lies for a pack of truth, and I didn’t know which one was heavier. Which one took the most strength to carry around? It was a ridiculous question, though, because once you know the truth, you can’t ever go back and pick up your suitcase of lies. Heavier or not, the truth is yours now.”
“Whenever I opened one, T. Ray said, "Who do you think you are, Julius Shakespeare?" The man sincerely thought that was Shakespeare's first name, and if you think I should have corrected him, you are ignorant about the art of survival.”
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