There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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Grandma Young Character Analysis

Grandma Young is Makani’s grandmother. Makani comes to live with Grandma Young when Grandma Young’s sleepwalking worsens following the death of Granddaddy Young. However, Makani suspects that the real reason she must live with Grandma Young is that Makani’s mother and Makani’s father don’t want to deal with her after all the stress her arrest has brought their family—and they’re in the middle of a messy divorce. Though Grandma Young wants Makani to reconcile with Makani’s mother, she also acknowledges that her daughter is an uncaring, narcissistic mother to Makani. Grandma Young can be strict, but this is only because she loves Makani and wants what’s best for her. Makani is terrified when Grandma Young finds out that Makani is talking to a boy, Ollie. Grandma Young demands that Makani bring Ollie over to meet her if they want to continue seeing each other. To Makani’s surprise, Grandma Young overlooks Ollie’s edgy appearance (he has pink hair, wears black clothing, and has a lip ring) and sees him for the kind and respectful person he really is—they even bond over their mutual love of jigsaw puzzles. One afternoon, David Ware attacks Makani and Ollie while Grandma Young is in Omaha for a sleep study, as he’d thought Makani would be home alone. Grandma Young comes home in the middle of the attack and launches herself at the killer. David retaliates by stabbing Grandma Young in the abdomen, and while she’s badly wounded and must stay in the hospital for a long time, her doctors promise that she’ll recover. The bravery Grandma Young exhibited by putting her life on the line to protect her granddaughter makes Makani realize how much Grandma Young cares about her.

Grandma Young Quotes in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The There’s Someone Inside Your House quotes below are all either spoken by Grandma Young or refer to Grandma Young. 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 3 Quotes

As usual, there was no word from back home. At least the messages of hate had long stopped. No one there was looking for her, and the only people who still cared about it—the incident, as she self-censored that night on the beach—were people like Jasmine. The only people who mattered. Makani would have never guessed that her friends’ permanent silence would be infinitely more painful than those weeks when thousands of uninformed, condescending, misogynistic strangers had spewed vitriol at her. It was.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Jasmine, Grandma Young
Page Number: 23
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Chapter 10 Quotes

Makani wondered why discussing a tragedy—consuming every single story about it—was often comforting. Was it because tragedies manifested a sense of community? Here we are, all going through this terrible thing together. Or were tragedies addictive, and the small pleasures that came from them the signal of a deeper problem?

Related Characters: Makani Young, Grandma Young, Ollie Larsson
Page Number: 115
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Chapter 12 Quotes

Their usual breakfast was whole-wheat toast or a bowl of fiber cereal. Makani didn’t need to ask why the change. Pancakes kept her grandmother occupied while they waited for information. Pancakes gave her a task to do with her hands in a world that seemed more and more out of her control. And pancakes showed Makani that, even though the world was frightening, she was loved.

Page Number: 125
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Chapter 14 Quotes

The summer clothes were her old clothes. In Hawaii, the warmest items she’d needed were jeans and a hoodie. Here, she’d had to ask her grandmother to buy her a coat, hat, scarf, gloves, and sweaters. They’d made a special trip to a mall in Omaha, and she’d selected everything in black. She couldn’t explain why except that when she wore it, she felt a bit more protected. A bit more hardened.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Ollie Larsson, Grandma Young
Page Number: 146-147
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Chapter 15 Quotes

The serial killers in her imagination, the fictional centerpieces of innumerable movies and television shows, were colorful and fascinating and impossible to keep her eyes off of. But her eyes had always glossed over David. Who do you think did it? She’d looked past him, even when he’d asked her. She’d looked past him, even when he’d been sitting right in front of her.

Page Number: 156
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Chapter 18 Quotes

“They want you to speak,” she said. “The town. They want you to stand up in front of all those people and cameras and be their mascot.”

Related Characters: Grandma Young (speaker), Makani Young, David Ware, Ollie Larsson
Page Number: 184
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Chapter 22 Quotes

Ollie stopped. His expression was serious. He waited to speak until she stopped, too. “Everybody has at least one moment they deeply regret, but that one moment . . . it doesn’t define all of you.”

Page Number: 231
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Chapter 24 Quotes

That was it. The news rehashed the story from the top. David kept climbing into the truck, and it kept making a right turn. The killer kept going home.

Page Number: 253
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Chapter 25 Quotes

“People are sick. They think this is all a game.”

Related Characters: Makani Young (speaker), David Ware, Ollie Larsson, Grandma Young
Related Symbols: Corn
Page Number: 259
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Grandma Young Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The timeline below shows where the character Grandma Young appears in There’s Someone Inside Your House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...her only friends. They took her in when she moved from Hawaii to live with Grandma Young in Nebraska while her parents navigated a messy divorce—at least, this is the part... (full context)
Chapter 3
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After school, Darby drops Makani off at Grandma Young’s house. Makani enters the house and finds Grandma Young on the couch watching TV.... (full context)
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...hate messages she used to get. Only people like Jasmine still care about “the incident.” Grandma Young reminds Makani not to leave the cabinets open when she leaves for school. Makani... (full context)
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Another thing Makani and Grandma Young have in common is that they both committed an “unspeakable mistake.” Last Thanksgiving, still... (full context)
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...last July, on the one-year anniversary of Grandaddy Young’s death. Slipping back into the memory, Grandma Young wants to spend the day alone, so she sends Makani out to do some... (full context)
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...her shopping without speaking to Ollie. She exits the store and starts loading everything into Grandma Young’s early 1990s gold Taurus station wagon. Suddenly, she hears laughter coming from the alley... (full context)
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...job, but her parents insist that her only job is to take care of her grandmother. Ollie is surprised to hear this, since Grandma Young has always seemed fine to him. (full context)
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Makani admits that her parents are only using Grandma Young as an excuse to send her away. She’s immediately ashamed to talk badly of... (full context)
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For a week, Makani thinks of nothing but Ollie. She begs Grandma Young to let her go shopping on her own so she might run into him... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Makani feels on edge as she helps Grandma Young cook dinner that night. They’re making a healthy meal of turkey meatballs and salad,... (full context)
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...directness impresses Makani—it’s a rare trait in kids her age. Meanwhile, in the dining room, Grandma Young is getting impatient. Without notice, Makani’s phone rings with an incoming call from Ollie.... (full context)
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Makani returns to the dining room table, but Grandma Young isn’t fooled: she knows Makani wasn’t talking to her mother and demands to see... (full context)
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Later that night, after Grandma Young has gone to sleep, Makani retires to her bedroom and texts Ollie to see... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...he has with his brother Chris. Makani talks about the similar relationship she has with Grandma Young. She asks why Ollie’s grandparents didn’t take him in after his parents’ deaths. Ollie... (full context)
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...students have placed old playbills and candles. Makani changes the subject to express concern about Grandma Young, who has been sleepwalking again. She’s recently left the kitchen cabinets open multiple nights... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...She does, but she hesitates. Then she reluctantly admits that Ollie will have to meet Grandma Young first. To Makani’s surprise, Ollie is fine with this. He explains that this is... (full context)
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Just then, Grandma Young’s booming, angry voice interrupts Ollie and Makani’s conversation. She’s standing on the porch, hands... (full context)
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Inside, Grandma Young’s old-fashioned kitchen and hospitality mortify Makani, but Ollie seems to get along with Grandma... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...happen. Makani can barely speak. She thinks about how great Ollie had been talking with Grandma Young and feels like she’s making a bad first impression with Chris. (full context)
Chapter 10
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...argues, and he’s the opposite of that. Chris is unamused. He asks Makani if her grandmother knows that she’s here. Makani wants to lie, but Chris is a police officer, so... (full context)
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Later that night, Makani is finishing up loading the dishwasher. Grandma Young doesn’t know that Makani was at Ollie’s house. Ollie doesn’t think Chris will tell—even... (full context)
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Ollie comes over that afternoon. They hang out in the living room, since Grandma Young won’t let Makani hang out with boys in her bedroom. Ollie and Grandma Young... (full context)
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...of the victims,” but Ollie scoffs and admits that Caleb hardly knew them. Makani tells Grandma Young that she should turn off the news, since it’s not even telling her the... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...on the local news over breakfast the next morning. None of it makes any sense. Grandma Young makes pumpkin pancakes for breakfast that morning, which is a more elaborate breakfast than... (full context)
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...talks about Rodrigo’s family discovering his lifeless body when they returned home from Las Vegas. Grandma Young is beside herself with grief; she’d taught Rodrigo’s sisters years ago. (full context)
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...fight last night didn’t happen; it’s more important to make sure that Alex is okay. Grandma Young comes down from her bedroom, where she’s been on the phone with a church... (full context)
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...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 go to the Feed ‘N’ Seed. Grandma... (full context)
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The sky is overcast when Grandma Young and Makani reach the Feed ‘N’ Seed. People speak to each other in low... (full context)
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...informing them that school will be cancelled tomorrow, too. The school will reopen on Wednesday. Grandma Young thinks the killer won’t strike tonight since they would leave their tracks behind in... (full context)
Chapter 13
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When Osborne High reopens, only half the students attend class. Grandma Young didn’t want to send Makani, but she received a last-minute appointment to see a... (full context)
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...and his friends are preachy. And while Makani sincerely hopes that prayer helps people like Grandma Young find peace with their lives, Makani is irreligious and doesn’t like people forcing prayer... (full context)
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...want other students to overhear and judge him. Just then, Makani gets a text from Grandma Young: she’s still in Omaha and won’t be back when school gets out. She asks... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...and Ollie leave Ollie’s car at school so he can make a sneaky exit if Grandma Young returns early. Then they walk home. It’s only three days until Halloween, and decorations... (full context)
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...a drink of water. She freezes when she notices that the flatware drawer is open. “Grandma?” she calls out—but there’s no response. Other than the steady tick of the grandfather clock,... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...but unplaceable face. He wriggles out from underneath Makani and grabs his knife. Just then, Grandma Young runs through the door and attacks the killer. He stabs her in the abdomen,... (full context)
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...hangs up the phone. The police are on their way. He and Makani tend to Grandma Young. Makani wraps a towel around her arm, which is bleeding badly. They hear the... (full context)
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The paramedics and police officers arrive. Makani and Grandma Young ride to the hospital in an ambulance. At the hospital, Grandma Young immediately enters... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Officer Bev leaves for the night, and Makani stays behind and waits for Grandma Young to get out of surgery. Makani doesn’t have her phone, so she can’t contact... (full context)
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The surgeon tells Makani that Grandma Young will be okay. Luckily, David’s knife missed her aorta. However, she’ll have to stay... (full context)
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Ollie and Makani retreat to the waiting room while Chris stays behind to ask Grandma Young some questions. Ollie gives Makani her phone, and she’s met with a stream of... (full context)
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...Chris appears in the waiting room to take Ollie and Makani back to the Larsson home—Grandma Young gave her permission for Makani to stay there while she recovers in the hospital.  (full context)
Chapter 17
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Chris makes plans to drive Ollie and Makani to Grandma Young’s house so Makani can pick up some clothes and other essentials. After that, Chris... (full context)
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When Chris, Makani, and Ollie arrive at Grandma Young’s house, the yard is swarming with news crews. Makani is apprehensive about reentering the... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Ollie and Makani return to the hospital, where Grandma Young is arguing with somebody on the phone. Grandma Young makes an excuse to hang... (full context)
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Ollie and Grandma Young have been listening in on Makani’s conversation. Grandma Young gives Ollie some cash and... (full context)
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...hears Alex and Darby in the hallway, applauding Ollie for saving Makani. They run into Grandma Young’s room and hug Makani. Makani hasn’t realized how much she needs her friends until... (full context)
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Makani and Ollie return to Grandma Young’s room. Grandma Young is out having some tests done, so Makani and Ollie go... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...return to work, so he drives Ollie and Makani to the hospital to be with Grandma Young. (full context)
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Ollie and Makani arrive at Grandma Young’s room hospital room. She’s asleep and heavily sedated. A TV in the room is... (full context)