In Violet’s counseling session with Mrs. Kresney, she’s telling the truth when she says she’s been doing well, riding in a car, and sleeping just fine. Later, in Russian Literature class, Violet writes down an assignment for a five-page paper like everyone else. After class, Ryan walks with Violet and tells her that he asked Suze out. Violet considers telling Ryan something about Finch in return, but she isn’t sure what she and Finch are. Then, Ryan says that Roamer “went after” Finch in gym, and Finch just stood there.
Violet is clearly improving as she now feels able to complete her writing assignments, and she’s sleeping well and able to ride in cars again. In all ways, Violet seems to be making progress on her mental health. Her friends also notice that she’s changing—Ryan, for instance, now seems to accept that Finch and Violet are friends, though he didn’t before.
At lunch, Violet walks past Amanda and Roamer’s table in the cafeteria. Violet turns and asks to join Brenda, the three Brianas, and a girl named Lara. As the other girls talk about boys and life after high school, Violet just listens. At one point, Brenda leans over and whispers to Violet that “Gabe Romero is poison.” They toast to that.
Even though Violet is feeling more at ease around her old friends, she’s starting to suspect that she’d have more fun spending time with different people. Notably, Brenda was on Violet’s list of possible contributors for Germ, suggesting that befriending the girls at this lunch table might be part of Violet’s way forward.