Doria gets many of her ideas of real life from watching the French news shows on TV and from American TV and movies. She is very dismissive of her teachers at school, where her grades are mediocre. She has little respect for the case worker who deals with social assistance to her and her mother. She slightly more trusts her counselor, whom she sees every Monday afternoon. When she mentions all these parts of her life, she has a biting sense of irony, and a sharp tongue, and she employs a lot of argot (slang) to describe things.
Doria's mother has a number of friends who mostly also immigrated at one time or another from Algeria or Morocco. At least one of them also has a husband with a second wife, who spends half the year with each wife. Doria knows that her father isn't coming back, and she doesn't have anything good to say about him either. She's a hard realist when it comes to her mother, her father, the woman who hires her to babysit, the social workers, and two male friends. It's quite a good read!
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