There’s Someone Inside Your House

by

Stephanie Perkins

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Ollie Larsson Character Analysis

A senior at Osborne High, Ollie Larsson is Makani’s crush and, later, her boyfriend. He works at Greeley’s Foods, the local supermarket. Like Makani, Ollie dreams of leaving Osborne, and he spends his free time reading travelogues. Many Osborne residents, including Darby and Alex, consider Ollie to be a loner and an outcast. Ollie’s edgy appearance doesn’t help the matter, either—he has pink hair, always wears black clothing, and sports a lip ring. Despite his tough outer shell, Ollie is a kind, smart, and thoughtful boy who treats Makani well and helps her come to terms with her past. He even bonds with Grandma Young over their mutual love of jigsaw puzzles. A lot of negative gossip about Ollie stems from the unhealthy behavior Ollie engaged in as he struggled to cope with the deaths of his parents, who died in a car wreck when Ollie was in middle school. At that time, Ollie’s older brother Chris returned to Osborne to care for Ollie. When Ollie was 16 years old, he turned to drugs, alcohol, and reckless sex to numb the pain of his unresolved grief. Things got so bad that he even tried to drown himself in a river, though a passing motorist rescued him just in time. Though Ollie has since turned his life around, this doesn’t stop people from assuming the worst about him. Alex and Darby even briefly suspect that Ollie is the Osborne Slayer, which creates a temporary rift in their friendship with Makani. Toward the end of the novel, David Ware, the real Osborne Slayer, stabs Ollie in the chest in the Martin Family Fun Corn Maze. Though Makani initially believes that Ollie has died, he survives. The novel ends on an ambiguous but optimistic note with Makani and Chris kneeling beside Ollie, and all three finally feeling safe.

Ollie Larsson Quotes in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The There’s Someone Inside Your House quotes below are all either spoken by Ollie Larsson or refer to Ollie Larsson. 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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Makani knew better than to believe any of them outright. Rumors, even the true ones, never told a complete story. She avoided most of her classmates for that very reason. Self-preservation.

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Osborne smelled like diesel, tasted like despair, and was surrounded by an ocean of corn. Stupid corn. So much corn.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Ollie Larsson
Related Symbols: Corn
Page Number: 13
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Chapter 4 Quotes

It had been so long since Makani had felt any amount of genuine, unadulterated happiness that she’d forgotten that sometimes it could hurt as much as sadness. His declaration pierced through the muscle of her heart like a skillfully thrown knife. It was the kind of pain that made her feel alive.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Ollie Larsson, Jasmine, David Ware
Related Symbols: Knives
Page Number: 42
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Chapter 6 Quotes

The dry tassels reached for the open sky while the dead silks pointed down to the muddy earth. Slowly, ever so slowly, the wind strengthened and changed course, and the fields swayed as a single element, rippling outward in a current of mesmerizing waves. Something hidden inside Makani lifted its head and blossomed. The sensation was sublime. Makani often complained that she was drowning in corn, but she wasn’t gasping below the water. She was perched on the edge of the horizon.

Related Characters: Makani Young, Ollie Larsson
Related Symbols: Corn
Page Number: 68-69
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Chapter 9 Quotes

Makani was grateful that she didn’t believe in ghosts; she only believed in the ghostlike quality of painful memories. And she was sure this house had plenty.

Page Number: 97
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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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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 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 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 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 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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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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Chapter 27 Quotes

The terror was finally spreading outward. If the corn were an ocean, the cries were its waves.

Related Symbols: Corn
Page Number: 279
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Ollie Larsson Character Timeline in There’s Someone Inside Your House

The timeline below shows where the character Ollie Larsson 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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...the high school can talk about the next morning is Haley Whitehall’s gruesome murder and Ollie Larsson’s new pink hair. Makani sits with her friend Darby in his car. Makani wryly... (full context)
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Alex senses Makani’s unease and teases her about still having a thing for Ollie. Makani has had a crush on Ollie ever since she moved to Nebraska a little... (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 he’s Haley’s murderer. The... (full context)
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Makani shifts her attention across the quad. She’s memorized Ollie’s schedule and knows that he’ll appear any minute now to eat his lunch in a... (full context)
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Makani ignores Darby and walks toward Ollie, who has just reentered the school. With her dark skin and coiled hair, Makani sticks... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...at Greeley’s Foods, the nearby supermarket. Makani walks into the store and locks eyes with Ollie Larsson, who works there. Ollie recognizes Makani but makes no effort to say hello. He... (full context)
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Makani completes her shopping without speaking to Ollie. She exits the store and starts loading everything into Grandma Young’s early 1990s gold Taurus... (full context)
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Makani and Ollie stand close to each other. Makani asks about the book Ollie is reading. He explains... (full context)
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Ollie tells her he doesn’t much care where he ends up, so long as he can... (full context)
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...send her away. She’s immediately ashamed to talk badly of her parents in front of Ollie, who is an orphan. She imagines it must be hard to live in a small... (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... (full context)
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On the fifth Wednesday, Ollie and Makani drive to the middle of a cornfield and have sex. Darby asks Makani... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...walks to the kitchen and asks who the sender it. She receives an instant response: “Ollie.” Makani’s heart races. Ollie demands to know what Makani meant. She deflects, so Ollie guesses... (full context)
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...his name, and Makani has no choice but to tell her. Grandma considers the name “Ollie Larsson” silently. She remembers Ollie’s older brother, Chris, as one of her former students. Then... (full context)
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...night, after Grandma Young has gone to sleep, Makani retires to her bedroom and texts Ollie to see if he can talk. She’s nervous but excited, too: talking to Ollie will... (full context)
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Makani checks her phone again. There’s still no response from Ollie, and it’s getting late. Just then, she hears a rustling outside her window. She peers... (full context)
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...sending her friends pictures of “hairy butts” she finds on Google Images. Finally, at 11:11, Ollie texts back. He’d been working, but he’s home now—is she still awake? Makani wonders if... (full context)
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Makani asks Ollie how he got her number. He sounds embarrassed as he admits that his brother, a... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Makani and Ollie talk on the phone for hours. She’s relieved that he hasn’t found out about her... (full context)
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Ollie asks how Makani’s mother ended up in Hawaii. Makani explains that her mother left Nebraska... (full context)
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...sits with Alex and Darby in Darby’s car and talk about the new developments with Ollie. But Makani’s friends aren’t taking the relationship as seriously as Makani wants them to. Alex... (full context)
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A sudden knock on the window makes everyone shriek, but it’s only Ollie. They let him in. Everyone stares, and Ollie starts to blush. For the first 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 than the others because his brother is... (full context)
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Ollie explains that Haley was found in her bed. There was no trace of the killer... (full context)
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Ollie joins Makani and her friends at lunch, prompting curious looks from the other students in... (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... (full context)
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Makani angrily defends Ollie. She says it’s unfair to judge someone who suffered a tragedy and made a few... (full context)
Chapter 6
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After school, Ollie holds open the door of the Crown Vic for Makani. She jokes about feeling like... (full context)
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Attempting to flirt, Makani asks Ollie if he has done something bad. He says he has. She says that she has,... (full context)
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Makani and Ollie are both free that afternoon, so Ollie asks if Makani wants to hang out. She... (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 on her hips. Makani exits the... (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 Young just fine. They move to the living room.... (full context)
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Outside, Makani compliments Ollie on his ability to lie. She asks where they’re really going. Ollie says he’s taking... (full context)
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Makani is confused—she thought they were going to the beach. “The ocean,” Ollie corrects. He knows that she misses Hawaii. He hops on top of the car and... (full context)
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Makani joins Ollie in the car. Ollie says his manager called to say they need him to come... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...stomach. Makani says she just wishes they could talk about something else. Meanwhile, rumors about Ollie and Zachary have gained traction, given that both boys had gotten into altercations involving Matt... (full context)
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...day. Makani meets the police officer in the hallway. His name tag reads Larsson—it’s Chris, Ollie’s brother. Makani is worried that Chris will be able to hear her nervousness in her... (full context)
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...Makani where she was between 6:00 and 7:00 last night. Makani blushes. She was with Ollie. Chris asks her where they went. Makani groans. She realizes that Chris is teasing her.... (full context)
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...and breaks down in tears. He wishes she could have a normal life and that Ollie was her boyfriend. Then she feels bad about being so selfish when two people are... (full context)
Chapter 9
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The reporters gathered outside the school pounce on Makani and Ollie as they exit the building, demanding to know if they knew the victims and how... (full context)
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Ollie’s house is an old Victorian Gothic Revival. If Makani believed in ghosts, she’d think it... (full context)
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Ollie offers Makani a frozen burrito. She longs for a bowl of saimin, a noodle dish... (full context)
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...thick, brown envelope on the table and knows that it’s one of Chris’s case files. Ollie tells her she can look if she wants. Makani gives in to her curiosity and... (full context)
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Ollie hands Makani the burrito on a plate and invites her upstairs to his bedroom. Unlike... (full context)
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Ollie tells Makani that he’s never had a girlfriend before her, though he has had sex... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Chris stands in the doorway. He’s angry about Ollie ditching school again, not to mention doing so when there’s an unidentified killer on the... (full context)
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...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 though he’s Ollie’s legal guardian, he still wants... (full context)
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...by her friends talking about her behind her back. She also thinks their suspicions about Ollie are baseless. Still, she knows Darby is just trying to be a good friend. Some... (full context)
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...odd, too, but Makani doesn’t think anything of it at the time. She anguishes over Ollie. She tries to convince herself that the mistakes he’s rumored to have made long ago... (full context)
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Ollie comes over that afternoon. They hang out in the living room, since Grandma Young won’t... (full context)
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The news station is calling Caleb a “friend of the victims,” but Ollie scoffs and admits that Caleb hardly knew them. Makani tells Grandma Young that she should... (full context)
Chapter 12
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Ollie calls Makani around noon. Chris is making him help out at the police station until... (full context)
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...Alex’s eyes are streaked black; she’s not doing well. Suddenly, Grandma Young asks Makani if Ollie is okay. Oblivious to Alex and Darby’s feelings about Ollie, Grandma Young goes on about... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Makani and Ollie sit together at lunch. Nobody sits with them. Makani thinks about the sensationalized news coverage... (full context)
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Just then, Makani receives a text. Hearing the notification ding reminds Ollie of something Chris said about Rodrigo’s murder. At the crime scene, Rodrigo’s phone was blowing... (full context)
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...her; she realizes that she’s speculating about Caleb the same way people are speculating about Ollie. (full context)
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...good news: Rosemarie Holt won the barrel race at last weekend’s Sloane County Championship Rodeo. Ollie thinks Rosemarie should watch her back—the killer seems to target talented students. Ollie’s observation upsets... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Makani and Ollie leave Ollie’s car at school so he can make a sneaky exit if Grandma Young... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...he’s white and male. The killer beats Makani to the knife and slashes her arm. Ollie, naked, sprints toward them. The killer looks surprised, and Makani realizes that he must have... (full context)
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Ollie hangs up the phone. The police are on their way. He and Makani tend to... (full context)
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...attack. She tells Makani to call her Bev. Makani blushes as she recounts her and Ollie’s activities prior to the attack. She tells Bev she doesn’t know why David would target... (full context)
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...the ICU where Grandma Young is waking up from anesthesia. She’s weak, but she’s cogent. Ollie and Chris arrive. Chris brought Grandma Young and Makani flowers, though he wasn’t allowed to... (full context)
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Ollie and Makani retreat to the waiting room while Chris stays behind to ask Grandma Young... (full context)
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Ollie reflects on David Ware. He’s known him his whole life: their families attended church together,... (full context)
Chapter 17
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Chris and Ollie turn on all the lights in their large, Victorian house.  The light creates only the... (full context)
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Ollie and Makani head down to the kitchen the next morning. Chris is making breakfast. They... (full context)
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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... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Ollie and Makani return to the hospital, where Grandma Young is arguing with somebody on the... (full context)
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Ollie and Grandma Young have been listening in on Makani’s conversation. Grandma Young gives Ollie some... (full context)
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Makani 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... (full context)
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...comes from a long line of normal, unremarkable people who just “fade into the landscape.” Ollie thinks this just goes to show that you can never truly know what’s going on... (full context)
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...it was hard to think that people were right about her, too. Makani turns toward Ollie. He looks sympathetic, not judgmental. Darby and Alex are also understanding. What Makani did to... (full context)
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...is convinced that David Ware is targeting her because he found out about the incident. Ollie thinks this is unlikely. He admits to Googling Makani extensively and being unable to find... (full context)
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Just then, Ollie gets a text from Greeley’s informing him that his shift has been cancelled—the store is... (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... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Outside, Makani, Darby, and Ollie catch up with Zachary. They try to tell Zachary that he might be in danger,... (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... (full context)
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As they walk, Ollie shares his side of the rumors that their peers have spread about him. After Ollie’s... (full context)
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A few days later, Ollie got drunk, waded into the river, and tried to drown himself. As soon as he... (full context)
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Ollie and Makani kiss as they wait for Chris in the Greeley’s parking lot. It feels... (full context)
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Makani and Ollie remember the moving shadow. They realize that if Caleb is dead, it means somebody else—David—is... (full context)
Chapter 24
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After Makani and Ollie give statements to the police at Greeley’s, Chris drives them back to the Larsson house.... (full context)
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...odd, since Katie and her had never talked before. Chris thinks it’s weird, too, but Ollie thinks it was just Katie being her usual nice self. Ollie asks Chris what the... (full context)
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Ollie and Makani arrive at Grandma Young’s room hospital room. She’s asleep and heavily sedated. A... (full context)
Chapter 25
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It’s the eve of All Hallows’ Eve. Chris picks up Makani and Ollie from the hospital early in the morning to drive them back to the Larsson house.... (full context)
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Back at the Larsson house, Makani and Ollie seek shelter from the cold autumn air by bundling in sleeping bags on Chris’s bedroom... (full context)
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...soon. He needs to go to Troy, where David was last seen, so he and Ollie and Makani leave in separate cars. Later, when Ollie turns on to the highway to... (full context)
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Makani and Ollie reach the football stadium around dusk. It’s packed. Bright lights illuminate the stands and field,... (full context)
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...with Alex’s theory. They brainstorm other exceptional students who could be David’s next victim. Then Ollie remembers the tasteless joke he made yesterday, about Rosemarie Holt needing to watch out after... (full context)
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Ollie calls Chris and tells him his theory. Chris listens but then hangs up abruptly—apparently, the... (full context)
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...Makani and her friends finally see the faint outline of Rosemarie’s farm in the distance. Ollie picks up speed, merging into the opposite lane to pass a car and nearly colliding... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Ollie’s police cruiser shines a bright spotlight on David and Rosemarie. Makani jumps out of the... (full context)
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...for their own safety, but nobody takes her seriously. Meanwhile, she’s completely lost track of Ollie. Darby looks at the ground and sees David and Ollie’s muddy footprints. The group sets... (full context)
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Just when it seems that Makani and Darby have lost track of David and Ollie, Makani finds them in the middle of a scuffle on the muddy ground. David is... (full context)
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Ollie appears behind Makani and hugs her close. Darby steps between David and Makani and Ollie,... (full context)
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...and walks toward her until they’re standing face to face. She looks toward Darby and Ollie, whose bodies have stopped twitching. Makani knows they’re dead and starts to cry. What has... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...the land and community. But David’s victims were different. They were ambitious. David hadn’t picked Ollie or Darby as his victims because he didn’t realize that they had dreams and ambitions. (full context)
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Chris and Officer Bev run toward Makani. Chris asks where Ollie is, and Makani points toward where she left his body. Darby sobs as the paramedics... (full context)