Tupelo Hassman’s Guide to Getting Your Literary Girl Survivor Badge

2. Steal the Scene
Amy Hertz is not the lead character in Robert Cormier’s I Am the Cheese but narrator Adam (Paul) can’t forget her and neither can we. She teaches Adam how to “do a number,” numbers largely consisting of subverting the small-town authority that thwarts her individuality, she and Adam share a first kiss, and she shocks him to maturity with lines like, “Look, Ace, don’t let a few farts bother you. It’s all part of nature and being alive.” I can hear Amy saying this to girl survivors in quest of their proficiency badges: “Don’t let having a walk-on stop you from stealing the scene.”