Tuesday, August 7, 2012

PUSHING THE LIMITS Read-A-Long: Week 2

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1.        ­­­Noah and Echo create a plan to read their files.  What do you think of this plan?  Would you read your friend's file first knowing you might not have time to read your own?  Would you want to read your own file?

I think I'd be a little selfish here and read my own, especially if I were in Echo's place. Of course, if it was the file of the boy I cared about...hmm. Tough decision. Still, Echo needs to start putting herself first, taking care of herself.

2.        Mrs. Collins starts to earn Noah’s trust by taking him to see his brother win a writing contest.  What do you think of how she’s handling Noah?  How would you feel if you were in Noah’s position, hearing that your brother sees you as his hero?

I think Mrs. Collins is one smart cookie. She's done what no other adult has done for Noah--found his weak spot (his brothers) and not exploited it. She really does seem to want to help. I can't imagine Noah's shock and joy at seeing his brothers again or how overwhelming it would be to hear your brother sees you as his hero. I think I'd break down and cry.

3.        Echo is starting to draw and paint again.  She’s starting to express the feelings and what she’s seeing as she’s starting to remember what happened that day.  Art therapy seems to be a popular way for people to deal with their feelings, why do you think Echo’s dad didn’t want her to continue with art since it was such a big part of her and is part of so many people’s therapy in dealing with similar issues?

I breathed a sigh of relief when Echo started to create art again because I knew how much it meant to her and how much it would help her regain some of her footing and sense of self. Art therapy is an amazing thing that works wonders for people, especially if they had a connection to art before. Echo's dad is so controlling, wanting Echo to do exactly as he wants without considering her feelings and he definitely doesn't want her to be anything like her mother. So art was never a consideration.

4.       We see how crazy Beth’s home life is and we start to understand why she is not as keen to be trusting with people in her life.  At the same time, we get to see how fiercely loyal Noah is.  What do you think of the way Noah reacted to Beth being beaten by her mother’s boyfriend?  Do you think it’s showing bad behavior that could get Noah in more trouble or the act of a true friend? 

A little of both. Noah's so passionate in his defense of those he loves so it's no surprise he goes a bit crazy when he finds Beth's been beaten by that jackass. It's definitely not a good thing for his record and won't help him get more time with his brothers, much less help him gain custody of them. But his emotions overruled his common sense and he just lost it, saw red, and attacked the guy who dared to lay a hand on someone he loves as a sister. Poor Beth (of course, this just makes me want to read her story even more!).

5.        Echo has an unusual name.  What do you think of the story behind it?  Is there a Greek Myth or other story that would inspire you to name a child after a character?

The myth of Echo is such a sad one! I'm not sure if I'd name my kid after such a sad myth. Maybe Artemis or Diana. They're both powerful, smart women and a bit more inspirational than Echo. Or Thor. (Okay, so I wouldn't really name my son "Thor" but at least Thor's strong and handsome!) But the name "Echo" works well for this story, evoking the sadness of the myth.

6.       Echo’s big thing is trying to find “normal” again.  She doesn’t want to be the scared girl or the girl who can’t remember what happened to her, she just wants to be normal.  This goal impacts her relationships with her family, friends, Noah and her ex Luke.   But at the end of this section, Echo is starting to figure out that there’s no going back to old normal and she’s going to have to find a new normal.   How big of a step is it for Echo when she realizes she’s not “in” love with Luke and figures out that she does need to find a new normal?

Oh, holy cow. Such a big step. Getting back together with Luke solved so many problems in Echo's life--she was accepted back into her circle of "friends" (I put them in quotes because who needs friends like that?!?), she's got her boyfriend back, and some promise of old normality. But it's really not working. She's different, even if all her "friends" are the same. It took some serious guts to turn her back on that "normal" and head off into the unknown of a new path.

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8 comments:

  1. My son loves Thor...he'd love to be named after him :) I couldn't do Artemis either since all I can think about is the Dark-Hunter series and she's such a b**** in that one!

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    1. Oh, I forgot about the Dark Hunter/Artemis connection. She really is a beyotch in that one! LOL--I can imagine a boy loving Thor. Such an awesome character (and name!).

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  2. See, I really think Echo didn't read the file, because deep down she was not ready! Plus, I think she got the urgency of Noah's desperate wish for to se his brothers.

    In the beginning I didn't like Beth - but then here? It changed because I finally understood her a little better! I'm happy she has such an amazing friend in Noah.. Who (although reckless) would defend her like this!

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    1. Yeah, I can see Echo not being ready. She's come so far and yet...

      Beth was kind of mean and came off as uncaring at first but I think she was just really defensive and protective. Can't wait to read her story now!

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  3. Interesting answer about reading their files. Actually, I think Noah is the one who needs to put himself first even more than Echo. He's not entirely selfless, but so many of his actions - especially the ones that get him in trouble - are motivated by instincts to help or protect others. Echo, his brothers, Beth, etc.

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    1. You're right--Noah does need to start looking out for himself as well as others. He draws trouble, esp. when he helps others. Both of them need the "worry about yourself" gene at this point!

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  4. I don't think Echo was quite ready to see her file yet.
    What Mrs. Collins did for Noah was what I think was a turning point for him.
    I have a cousin named Thor. It wasn't weird since I grew up knowing it but I can see how others might think its weird.

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  5. OMG! her friends sucked!! And Luke, I think they were both using each other because their lives had been easier when they were together but their relationship was never perfect.

    I liked seeing how much Noah cared for Beth and Isaiah, it shows a lot of his personality.

    And I don't think I like the name Echo, I wouldn't give it to a kid of mine, but it did fit Echo's personality a bit.

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