Throughout the novel, it is clear to the readers that Nonna and Christina have very different views on many things, including single motherhood. When Christina announces that she is going on a date with Paul Presilio, Nonna becomes worried because of their traditional Italian culture. Nonna is always cautious of other Italians talking about her family. Nonna believes that not being married is impractical and silly, but Christina believes that times have changed and women are able to go out with men without being married to them. This creates chaos between the two women. Nonna is afraid of having a bad reputation for her family, as she believes people already disagree with the way Josie was raised without a father.