Boy Meets World "A&P"

Topics: Short story, John Updike, Boy Pages: 3 (997 words) Published: April 8, 2013
Joshua Valdez
Boy Meets World “A&P”

While beginning the short story A&P, by John Updike, you can autocratically tell it's a man writing this story with out even know the name of the author. The first paragraph is used to describe a girl and her “can” a.k.a he butt. A&P is a classic teenage boy story, of where a young man see's a pretty girl and makes a complete doofus of himself and suffers some type of consequence. The consequence either becoming embarrassed or losing a job, or in the best case scenario you get noticed in the best possible way. This short story is very relatable, most guys can relate to this story whether he be 15 or 35 and sometimes more then one occasion. Im sure something like this has even happened to some ladies. In the story a young man Sammy, a nineteen-year-old boy, is working at the checkout line at an A&P in a small New England town. Three young girls come in to the store only in their bathing suits, like a typical guy he can't help but look at them, he notices the chunky one first he describes her with “...good tan and a sweet broad soft-looking can with those two crescents of white just under it...”. The second girl he describes as being tall and sunburned. The third girl is the girl he really notices, she's given the name Queenie because she was so obviously the leader of the three and the most attractive, for that reason he wanted her. Its the “want” that makes Sammy make a fool out of himself and gives him that little bit of courage to attempt to impress Queenie. Once the girls have circled through the isles they eventually come to the cash register and with his luck the girls stop at the register next to him, his friend Stokesie's register. At the end of their check out the store manager, Langel, approaches the girls. He scolds the girls for not being “decently dressed” when in the store. Queenie and Langel have a short argument and then the girls leave. Now coming up is the part that's relatable to...
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