M.T. – M.T., or Monserrat Thalia (her “real” name she wants everyone to forget) is smart, popular and something else nobody knows… undocumented. Learn more about the main character in The Secret Side of Empty. Click here.
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“Chelsea laughs, tosses back her head, and waves her right hand at me in cheerful dismissal. I notice two things. One is the delicate charm bracelet that jingles on her right wrist, with its little bejeweled soccer ball charm her dad got her the other day, just because. The second is that her hands still look so much like the way they did that first day of kindergarten, all thin fingers, delicate, pale, long. I wonder if generation after generation of living in big houses and having everything makes people prettier somehow, maybe a good nutrition, superior genes thing.” p. 6
Chelsea - the best friend
“The trailers start and I have no idea what any of them are saying. I am throbbing with the proximity of this very sweet, very polite boy. I can smell the laundry detergent on his clothes and something else… what is that? Is that cologne? Or maybe just his deodorant. I do a slight swoon at the idea of him getting all nice-smelling for me.
We hold hands for the whole movie. I have on idea what the movie is about. But that hardly matters. He picks up every bit of trash and walks it over to the garbage can when the movie is over.” p. 127-128