There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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Alex is a high school senior and one of Makani’s two best friends. She plays trumpet in the marching band. Alex and Darby took Makani under their wing after she transferred to Osborne High midway through their junior year—Alex is a “goth,” so she knows what it’s like to feel different and out of place. Alex is the snarkier, more combative of Makani’s two friends. She and Darby have a brief falling-out with Makani when they briefly suspect that Ollie is the Osborne Slayer. Tensions rise when Rodrigo Morales, Alex’s crush, becomes the Osborne Slayer’s third victim. However, Alex and Darby realize that they’re wrong about Ollie when David Ware, the real Osborne Killer, attacks Makani and Ollie. Because Alex and Darby have been friends since they were young children, they share a lot of inside jokes to which Makani isn’t privy. For her part, Makani only tells her friends bits and pieces about her life in Hawaii. But when Makani finally confides in Alex and Darby, they respond with compassion, not judgment. At the end of the novel, when Makani and her friends confront David Ware outside the Martin Family Fun Corn Maze, David mortally wounds Alex.

Alex Quotes in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The There’s Someone Inside Your House quotes below are all either spoken by Alex or refer to Alex. 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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Chapter 2 Quotes

“This is Osborne, Nebraska.” Her friend Darby sucked up the last drops of his gas station iced coffee. “Population: twenty-six hundred. A boy with pink hair is as scandalous as the death of a beloved student.”

Related Characters: Darby (speaker), Makani Young, Ollie Larsson, Haley Whitehall, Alex
Page Number: 8
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Chapter 10 Quotes

She had to believe that the mistakes of Ollie’s past didn’t guarantee that he would make even worse mistakes in his future. She had to believe that every mistake was still a choice. She had to believe that Ollie was a good person, because she had to believe it about herself.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Darby, Alex, Ollie Larsson, Jasmine
Page Number: 113
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Chapter 17 Quotes

“If they’re hiding anything,” Ollie said, lifting his head to extend his own peace offering, “you’ll find it.”

Related Characters: Ollie Larsson (speaker), Makani Young, David Ware, Chris Larsson, Alex, Darby
Page Number: 178
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Chapter 20 Quotes

Makani slept long hours and stirred aimlessly through her house. The barrage was endless. Immeasurable. Sometimes it hurt because everyone had the wrong idea about her, but usually it hurt because it felt like they had it right.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Alex, Darby, Ollie Larsson
Page Number: 205
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Darby stepped in front of Alex to block her from Makani’s view. “You’re right. But I know what it’s like to be angry—to think that everyone has it easier than you. Or that everyone is against you. And if you don’t deal with those feelings, they don’t go away on their own. They keep building and building until they force their way out.”

Related Characters: Darby (speaker), Makani Young, Ollie Larsson, David Ware, Alex
Page Number: 208
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Alex Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

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Chapter 2
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...heard that Haley’s throat was slit to resemble a smiley face. Makani and Darby’s friend Alex arrives and hops inside the car with her trumpet. Alex jokes that it was Ollie... (full context)
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Alex senses Makani’s unease and teases her about still having a thing for Ollie. Makani has... (full context)
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Makani is grateful for Darby and Alex, her only friends. They took her in when she moved from Hawaii to live with... (full context)
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Darby brings up Haley. He can hardly believe that she’s dead. Alex, the school’s only goth, assembles her long, black hair into an intricate twist and accuses... (full context)
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By lunch time, Alex’s tasteless joke about Ollie’s hair has spread across the school, and everyone’s gossiping about whether... (full context)
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...town surrounded by nothing but cornfields for as far as the eye can see. Meanwhile, Alex and Darby continue to gossip about Haley. Alex wonders if Haley’s understudy, Jessica Boyd, might... (full context)
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...the air. Makani wonders if they’ll cancel the murderous musical in light of Haley’s death. Alex hopes they won’t since she was looking forward to getting covered in fake blood. Darby... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Suddenly Makani’s phone dings. She lunges toward it but groans when she sees it’s only Alex, who has made a game out of sending her friends pictures of “hairy butts” she... (full context)
Chapter 5
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At school the next day, Makani sits with Alex and Darby in Darby’s car and talk about the new developments with Ollie. But Makani’s... (full context)
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...and tells Ollie she’s glad to see him. Darby, a kind and thoughtful person, agrees. Alex tells Ollie he should bring doughnuts next time. (full context)
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After the air settles, Alex gets down to business. She asks Ollie about Haley’s murder, assuming he must know more... (full context)
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...presence, since it helps her not to feel like a third wheel around Darby and Alex. But Ollie mumbles something incoherent and leaves early. Makani chases after him. He looks apologetic,... (full context)
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Makani parts ways with Ollie and rejoins her friends. She asks Alex, who has a crush on Rodrigo, what she can possibly see in him. Rodrigo is... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...to develop. It’s especially intriguing, since Matt’s been dating Lauren Dixon for two years. Maybe, Alex offers mischievously, Lauren found out and killed them both. Makani thinks about Lauren. When she’d... (full context)
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...if Buddy, another football player, could be involved in a love triangle with the victims. Alex thinks Buddy is too dumb to be a killer. Makani wants to leave the room... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...Darby. Darby hesitates, clearly not wanting to say what he’s about to say. He and Alex have been talking. They think that Ollie’s alibis for the nights of the murders aren’t... (full context)
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Makani has trouble sleeping that night. The next morning, she ignores apology texts from Alex and Darby. Later, she finds the shoes she wore yesterday at the foot of the... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...turns the chair around and puts his headphones back on. He wonders if Makani told Alex what he’d said. He thinks she’s smart and sexy and great, if not a bit... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...latest victim, but nobody knows anything for sure. Makani has tried to reach out to Alex, but she hasn’t received a response. Now she feels bad about ignoring her apology texts... (full context)
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Makani’s phone buzzes. It’s Darby. He tells Makani that he and Alex are going in to work at the Feed ‘N’ Seed. He’ll let Makani know how... (full context)
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...even the strongest friendships can fall apart, and she resolves to make things right with Alex before it’s too late. Makani asks Grandma Young if she can borrow her car to... (full context)
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...voices, but it’s obvious what they’re talking about. Makani and Grandma Young approach Darby and Alex. Alex’s eyes are streaked black; she’s not doing well. Suddenly, Grandma Young asks Makani if... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...thinks she might have made the wrong choice, though, when she arrives and Darby and Alex aren’t there. Darby’s parents made him stay home, and Alex asked to. The atmosphere on... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...gives Makani her phone, and she’s met with a stream of texts from Darby and Alex asking if she’s okay and apologizing for suspecting Ollie. Ollie urges Makani to call her... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Makani hears Alex and Darby in the hallway, applauding Ollie for saving Makani. They run into Grandma Young’s... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...right about her, too. Makani turns toward Ollie. He looks sympathetic, not judgmental. Darby and Alex are also understanding. What Makani did to Jasmine was awful, they admit, but she doesn’t... (full context)
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...a secret about Rodrigo—he used to be a “troll” who threatened women on the internet. Alex stiffens. Everyone wonders who else could be on David’s list—who else has a secret they’re... (full context)
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...shift has been cancelled—the store is closing early so that everyone can attend the memorial. Alex springs up, suddenly remembering that she needs to meet up with the marching band, which... (full context)
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...confirm that Zachary is safe at home with his mom’s boyfriend. Makani texts Darby and Alex the news. Darby responds immediately: Zachary can’t be home, since they just saw him at... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...of his band mates if anyone has seen it, but nobody has, and nobody cares. Alex rolls her eyes and accuses Caleb of only wanting to look good on TV. But... (full context)
Chapter 22
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After the memorial is over, Makani and Ollie part ways with Darby and Alex. The sun is setting. Ollie seems distant. As he and Makani walk to Greeley’s to... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Just then, Makani gets a call from Alex. Her parents are making her play with the marching band for today’s football game, and... (full context)
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...illuminate the stands and field, while children dressed in Halloween costumes squeal and run around. Alex spots Ollie and Makani. She hops into the car and orders them to move—now. Makani... (full context)
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...do something. She doesn’t share what she’s really thinking: “he might be looking for me.” Alex agrees with Makani: the time between David’s killings has diminished each time. He’s likely going... (full context)
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Alex thinks that David is picking the school’s most ambitious students—“people who stand out.” In contrast... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...Rosemarie. Makani jumps out of the car as David aims his knife at Rosemarie’s throat. Alex screams, distracting David, while Makani jumps on him. They struggle, but David frees himself and... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...as the paramedics load him and Makani into the ambulance. Makani knows he’s thinking about Alex. The clock strikes midnight, and it’s officially Halloween. Just then, Makani hears fuzz coming from... (full context)