Lou Ann and Taylor discuss other uses for a wrench which refers to the Valentine's Day card Taylor sends to her mom. The card reads: "Here's hoping you'll soon have something big and strong around the house to open those tight jar lids." Inside the card is a picture of a pipe wrench.
The card is humorous, but on p. 119 the discussion gets a bit bizarre when Taylor shows the card to Lou Ann who says, "I could use a good wrench around here. Or better yet, one of them...what do you call 'ems? That one that's shaped like a weenie?" They go on to discuss other tools and buildings that look weenie-like, including the Washington Monument.
p. 150 "Just because I don't go chasing after every Tom's Harry Dick that comes down the pike..."
pp. 169-170 Note the discussion of an article in the tabloids where a twin baby girl was born pregnant after having had sex in the womb with her twin brother.
p. 174 There is a graphic scene of two tortoises mating at the zoo. "The giant tortoise, I noticed, had caught up to its partner and was proceeding to climb on top of it from behind. Its neck and head strained forward as it climbed, and to tell the truth, it looked exactly like a bald, toothless old man. The knobby shells scraping together made a hollow sound. By the time Lou Ann came back from the bathroom, the old fellow on top was letting out loud grunts that rang out all the way down to the military macaws." (just really weird)
p. 203 After getting a job at Red Hot Mama's salsa factory, Taylor says, "The ones that handled the chiles grew accustomed to tingling fingertips, and learned never to touch their private parts (or anyone else's) not even on their days off."
p. 228 A reference to Fanny Heaven where they show "disgusting little movies...some of them with kids. Did you know that? Little girls! A guy at work told me. It (the attack at the park) had to have been somebody that saw those movies, don't you think? Why else would it pop into a person's head?"
Famed literary critic, Carrie Fleming remarks, "Keep in mind that these quotes, when taken out of context seem more extreme on their own. The content, in my opinion, is too mature for some ninth graders: infant molestation, references to prurient reading material, twins having sex in the womb, jokes about men's anatomy, etc. The bottom line is that it's a good book for the right audience, but I'd rather let the parents make that decision for their own kids and not suggest it as reading for the entire class."