Zoey seems to be a level-headed 16 year old with more than her share of parental problems. In fact, the only member of her family that she is close to would be her Grandmother. Three years ago Zoey's mother remarried and everything changed, not for the best. John Heffer is a controlling, fake, religious hypocrite that has turned the mother into a weak, subservient woman that doesn't pay much attention to her kids. She is an ostrich that sticks her head in the sand and ignores the issues around her.
As an adult I actually didn't have much of a problem remembering that age. Those years tend to stay with you in memory. These sections were written in a way that struck a chord with both young and old. The arguments weren't all from an angsty teen point of view and instead were a matter of simple human nature. It isn't right to judge and treat people badly.
How did you relate to Zoey and her parents? Did John Heffer make you want to scream? Did you want to slap the mother upside the head like I did?