Girl in Translation

Tammy Character Analysis

Tammy is an Indian student at Harrison Prep, and at first, Kim wonders if they might be able to be friends given their shared minority status. However, Tammy and Sheryl conspire to set Kim up to be accused of cheating when in reality, Tammy herself cheats on tests. The conspiracy is unsuccessful, and though Tammy does apologize, she and Kim never become friends.

Tammy Quotes in Girl in Translation

The Girl in Translation quotes below are all either spoken by Tammy or refer to Tammy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of Girl in Translation published in 2010.
Seven Quotes

How could I have thought that it had been a personal note for me? I burned with shame at wanting so much to be liked, to belong to a circle of friends, that I had picked up something during a test.

Related Characters: Kim (speaker), Dr. Copeland, Tammy, Mrs. Reynolds
Related Symbols: Ma's Violin and Piano
Page Number: 156
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Tammy Character Timeline in Girl in Translation

The timeline below shows where the character Tammy appears in Girl in Translation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Seven
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
...in crime is Curt, the popular girl's name is Sheryl, and the Indian girl is Tammy. (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Annette also struggles to fit in at Harrison, as she looks funny and is outspoken. Tammy occasionally sits with Kim, but after Kim makes excuses as to why she doesn't have... (full context)
Family, Choices, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...if she didn't have to be at the factory. One afternoon, Kim is shocked when Tammy invites her to see Rocky Horror. Kim pretends that it might be a possibility, but... (full context)
Poverty and Shame Theme Icon
Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
...and drily points out that not everyone will fail. On the day of the test, Tammy asks Kim for a pencil. As Tammy takes the pencil, a folded piece of paper... (full context)
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Work vs. Education Theme Icon
Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
The Immigrant Experience Theme Icon
Kim realizes what happened and Tammy catches her eye, silently pleading for her not to tell. Mrs. Reynolds leads Kim to... (full context)
Eight
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Independence and Coming of Age Theme Icon
In the hallway, Curt explains that he heard Sheryl give Tammy the idea to put the notes in her sleeve. He makes a joke about saving... (full context)