Kara goes to school the next day and does her normal social butterfly things: set up her locker (complete with mirror, stick-on light, and air freshener), say hello to her Catty Girl Posse, and go to homeroom with her best friend Heather. She also gets props for her new First Day of School Outfit, a “white linen shirt” and “aqua-blue capris”.
Pimped-Out Kara Outfit Count: 1
Despite trying to focus on normal things like school and socializing, though, Kara’s mind wanders throughout homeroom. She can’t stop thinking about her weird adventures in Ravenswood over the summer, or the green goop on the roof by her bedroom window. While thus preoccupied, Kara sees a large cat (Lyra) outside on the tree and senses an odd connection with it. She screams, but nobody else sees the cat there. Kara is thoroughly embarrassed.
What happens at lunchtime doesn’t help matters. Everyone at school heard about the homeroom incident, and Kyle’s Cool Dude Gang — now formally introduced — won’t drop the subject.
And then Lyra jumps on the lunch table in front of Kara, and shit hits the fan.
Not much else to comment on here, other than that in the original edition, Molly is mysteriously a blonde. The Catty Girl Posse’s descriptions in the original version were never consistent.
Also, we finally meet Kyle’s friends: Joey Micetti (the only one who’s mentioned by his full name), Adam, and Marcus (who’s apparently cute, according to Kara). We’ll be seeing more of them later. And in case you’re wondering, the Cool Dude Gang are not being set up as the party’s love interests, despite Kara’s little crush on Marcus.
EDIT: Changes in the e-book edition
- Lyra snarls at the Catty Girls and Cool Dudes.
Next time: the rest of the party shows up. Hilarity ensues.