In Chapter Eight, Westover details her efforts to find work so that she could live a good life and help her family get out of the stressful financial situation they were in. She states that she “wanted to get away from the junkyard and there was only one way to do that, which was the way Audrey had done it: by getting a job” (Westover 76). She points out that the junkyard in which they lived did not provide her with the kind of life that she was interested in. Therefore, she thought it would be wise to follow Audrey’s footsteps, even though she was only eleven years old. She truly believed that by doing this, she would have a chance to live a better life.
Westover found several odd jobs working for people in her community. She babysat for Mary’s children three days a week. She also babysat Eve’s three children on the other days. As she would often be babysitting in the mornings, in the afternoon, she worked at Randy’s packing cashews. Having these multiple jobs enabled her to make an ample income.