"To find out what a story's really about,' the Librarian said,

'you don't ask the writer. You ask the reader."

- SNOW & ROSE by Emily Winfield Martin

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pushing The Limits Read-a-Long Week #1

I decided to do the Pushing The Limits Read-a-Long
This week's questions is being hosted by Bewitched Bookworms!!!
And you can find more deets about the read-a-log right HERE!

Here are my answers :) 

1. The story starts out with Echo’s thoughts on how she wants to answer her therapist’s questions (snarky, caustically truthful) which are quickly juxtaposed to how she does (milquetoasty and banal).  Who do you think she hides the truth for more, her parents or herself?
I think she's hiding the truth from everyone, including herself. I feel that she is afraid of everyone's reactions and that she is not able to handle more right now now than she has already. Trust is a big issue here. It's quite obvious that her father isn't ready to handle the whole truth either. His anger and control issues push Echo away, whether he is unconsciously doing it or not, I hope that he changes and becomes the father that Echo truly needs right now. 

2. We see Mrs. Collins, the school therapist, interact with both Echo and Noah in the first few chapters.  From those interactions, what do you think of her?  Is she a prototypical caricature of state care?  Or do you think she’s there to make an honest difference in the lives of those she’s there to help?
Mrs. Collins seems genuinely there to make a difference. It already feels like she may know from experience what both Echo and Noah are going through. The fact that she paired them up so quickly seems to show that she does has some sort of plan for them since their situation is somewhat similar, they could learn to trust each other and build from there. 

3. Noah has two friends, Beth and Isaiah, who have his back no matter what–through thick and thin–and he has theirs. Consequently, his life is a little easier because he has two people who know about his situation. Echo’s closest friend prior to “the incident” was Grace, and she will barely speak to her in school now. Do you think Echo would have had an easier time coping and moving on if she had friends like Noah does?
Yes and no. Echo still had Lila to somewhat talk to and hangout with, but Lila could only do so much. Being a teen is hard enough, but when a friend is in a situation that you have no idea how to handle can be scary. It only seemed natural for Lila to pull away, peer pressure? But even though it seems like Noah and Echo have similar situations, in which they have emotional scars, Echo's physical scars is something that is hard to overcome. Part of being a teen is getting dressed up, showing off and going out. Which makes it more difficult for Echo to fit back into the old life that she had. 

4 . Echo fixates on a colorful ribbon that sits on the school counselor’s desk during their one-on-one sessions. Do you think this is a case of “Oh, look at the pretty ribbon. Let me zone out while staring at it,” or could it have a deeper significance!
I really do believe that there is a deeper significance to this blue ribbon since it has been brought up quite a few times. Echo seeing the ribbon is definitely triggering something within her. I'm thinking that it might have something to do with her brother, not sure, but I do hope that we find out what it is soon. 

5 . Noah and the jacket… Already when Noah and Echo meet for the first time, Noah got angry when Echo forgot her Jacket pg 34. Then on Echo’s Birthday party Noah gave Echo his jacket when he saw that she forgot hers. pg 54. There is a significance behind his anger when Echo has no coat and it tells already so much about Noah!
a) Why is Noah so fixated on Echo and her Jacket?
Oh, Noah. It seems that Noah isn't has tough a guy as he wants us to think he is. It seems that he wants to take care of this broken pretty girl already :)

b) Show us your favorite jacket! Either with you having it on or alone!
I would looove this jacket even more if the piping was in pink ;) 
Rain Bows Jacket by ModCloth
6. Echo wears gloves all the time to hide her scars. Not only for her sake, but obviously also for the others. When Noah sees Echo’s scars for the first time he’s shocked.
a) Do you think this was the moment he began to see Echo in a different light?
It seemed that Noah was already developing some sort of feelings for Echo already and seeing her scars kind of sealed the deal for him. He was already showing concern for her, but now it seems that he is fully aware as to how he is feeling towards Echo. 

b)Show us your favorite pair of gloves!
These are SO cute, fun and girly! 
I love them in this color, but having them match the jacket above, with pink piping too (of course!) would be fab!!!
Belle Ruffle Gloves made by Veronica at VO Knits

That's all my answers for this week! 
I have already started reading ahead for the next round of questions ;) 
Thanks everyone!!!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE to your glove choice! I think if they were a little longer Echo would totally wear them!


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