There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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Makani’s Mother Character Analysis

Makani’s mother is Grandma Young’s daughter. She is narcissistic and too self-involved to care about Makani. While Makani is living in Nebraska with Grandma Young, Makani’s mother and Makani’s father remain in Hawaii and file for divorce. Makani’s mother grew up in Osborne and left the minute she graduated high school. She’d wanted to visit all 50 states before finding the perfect place to call her new home, but in Hawaii—the first place she went—she met Makani’s father and never left. Makani suspects her mother resents her for her freedom—a freedom Makani’s mother lost when she met Makani’s father, stayed in Hawaii, and gave birth to Makani.

Makani’s Mother Quotes in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The There’s Someone Inside Your House quotes below are all either spoken by Makani’s Mother or refer to Makani’s Mother. 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 28 Quotes

Running away from home didn’t change the fact that a person still had to live with themselves. Makani had learned this, though perhaps her mother never had. Change came from within, over a long period of time, and with a lot of help from people who loved you. Osborne wasn’t David’s problem. For Makani, Osborne had even been restorative. Being a psychopath was David’s problem. David was David’s problem.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Makani’s Mother, David Ware
Related Symbols: Corn
Page Number: 284
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Makani’s Mother Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The timeline below shows where the character Makani’s Mother appears in There’s Someone Inside Your House. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...that things definitively changed the minute she changed her surname from Kanekalau to Young, her mother’s maiden name—a decision she made to make herself less Google-able. (full context)
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...his nose off. The neighbor generously decided not to sue, but the incident scared Makani’s mother, and she decided to send Makani to Nebraska to live with Grandma Young. While Grandma... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...using her phone at the table. Makani lies and says the texts are from her mother. Grandma Young relents and lets Makani excuse herself to use the phone. (full context)
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...dining room table, but Grandma Young isn’t fooled: she knows Makani wasn’t talking to her mother and demands to see her phone. After some resistance, Makani reluctantly admits that she was... (full context)
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...the summer. As she waits for Ollie’s response, Makani considers her surroundings. She’s in her mother’s childhood bedroom, and it’s full of old, mismatched wooden furniture. It’s the opposite of Makani’s... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Ollie asks how Makani’s mother ended up in Hawaii. Makani explains that her mother left Nebraska the day after graduation... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...yet. There’s also missed call and voicemail from Makani’s father, though neither he nor Makani’s mother seem particularly concerned about Makani. (full context)
Chapter 18
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Makani’s mother calls her at noon. She reacts defensively when Makani asks her where she was when... (full context)
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...get them some food from the cafeteria. Once Ollie leaves, Grandma Young apologizes for Makani’s mother. Grandma Young might love her daughter, but that doesn’t change the fact that she’s a... (full context)
Chapter 28
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Makani thinks about Makani’s mother. She used to be ambitious and had plans to see the world, but she got... (full context)