The story “The Sin Bin or Lucy’s heart” is written in 2000. It takes place in Cardiff, Wales, where our protagonist, Lucy Cooke, is in detention for hitting another girl, Penny Jones.

Throughout the story it is implied that Lucy is currently undergoing an identity crisis. She is unsure which path of life she must choose.

Bethan is shown many times to be a bad and detrimental role model who pushes Lucy to smoke, wear makeup, and beat her friend Penny.

Lucy is aware of this manipulation to some extent, but is trying to convince herself, that she is doing the right thing.