Breaking Beautiful Tour: Character Interview with Andrew
1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Andrew Davis, I’m a senior at Pacific Cliffs high school. I have a twin sister named Allie. I’m into cars and computers and I guess I’m pretty smart, okay I’m really smart. I have cerebral palsy which means I spend a lot of time on my butt.
2. What is your relationship with Allie like?
We’re close. We understand each other. We take care of each other. Most guys I know don’t like their sisters very much, but Allie is pretty cool. Yeah, sometimes she lives in the bathroom and sometimes she obsesses over dumb things like guys and clothes and fingernail polish. Sometimes she’s stubborn as hell and she does stupid things, but she’s my twin. I’d do anything for her.
3. What is one thing that you can’t do in a wheelchair that you really wish you could?
Drive. Specifically drive something really cool like a 1966 Shelby Cobra convertible, blue with a white stripe down the middle, but the really cool cars are all stick shift. Give me time though, I’ll figure out how to do it someday.
4. What is your favorite childhood memory with Allie?
One summer when we were like ten or eleven, Allie and Blake found this really cool cave in the cliff by the beach. Allie climbed clear back into it. She was gone for so long we thought she’d gotten wedged in or fallen into a hole or something. When she finally came out she told us that the cave went way back, like it was some kind of lava tube or something. She and Blake took all sorts of cool stuff into the cave and it was their hangout for the whole summer. There was no way I could go back with my chair so I was stuck playing look-out at the entrance to the cave, dumb. I was pretty jealous. I tried not to let them know I cared about being left out, but Allie always knows when something is bugging me. One day she told Blake that they had to take me with them into the cave. I thought they were going to kill me or all of us by the time they got me all the way to the back, but they did it. For a ten year-old boy that was the best thing ever.
We stayed in the cave until it started to get dark. There wasn’t really any place for me to sit so I was covered in sand and seaweed by the time we got out. Mom was furious, but we never told her how I got so dirty. The thing that sucked was I got really sick the next day and I ended up with pneumonia. Allie felt so bad. She wouldn’t leave me for the rest of our trip, not even to hang out with Blake. She was sure I got sick because the cave was wet and that it was her fault. I didn’t matter to me. I wouldn’t have changed that day for anything.
5. What is your favorite thing to do?
Skype Caitlyn… Make that hang out with Caitlyn… Make that kiss Caitlyn. Probably at least as good as driving that Shelby Cobra.
Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.
When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness.