;ldquo;I am Outcast.””The kids behind me laugh so loud I know they’re laughing about me. I can’t help myself. I turn around. It’s Rachel, surrounded by a bunch of kids wearing clothes that most definitely did not come from the EastSide Mall. Rachel Bruin, my ex-best friend. She stares at something above my left ear. Words climb up my throat. This was the girl who suffered through Brownies with me, who taught me how to swim, who understood about my parents, who didn’t make fun of my bedroom. If there is anyone in the entire galaxy I am dying to tell what really happened, it’s Rachel. My throat burns.””Her eyes meet mine for a second. ;ldquo;I hate you,;rdquo; she mouths silently.;rdquo;Lexile Measure:/ 690LCopyright 1999. 224 pages, 5 x 8 inches, paperback.