- September 5th- Candace's Book Blog- Chapters 1-5, pages 1-44
- September 12th- Buried in Books- Chapters 6-10, pages 45-111
- September 19th- Rainy Day Ramblings- Chapters 11-16, pages 112-194
- September 26th- The Flyleaf Review- Chapters 17-21, pages 195-219
Here are the questions and my answers for week one:
1.) Right away we learn a bit about the fact that Nalena has to buy massive amounts of paper for her mom and that her mother is a bit of a paper hoarder. What was your initial reaction to this? Do you think there might be more to her mothers paper obsession? What do you think it is that she's writing down, is she really just a crazy lady that has a compulsion to create characters and plot details?
My initial reaction was horror and sorrow. I was also a bit fascinated by the paper hoarding. I was absolutely convinced that I had dropped in on an episode of Hoarders and that Nali was trapped in a horrible situation. I felt so sorry for her having to deal with the paper obsession and I thought her mother was a crazy woman scribbling non-sensical crazy stuff. I didn't think there was anything more to the paper than a mental disorder.
2.) We meet Garrett. Okay, breathe for a moment... Now we meet him and we see him through Nali's eyes and she's very wary at first, despite his good looks (or because of it). But he seems so genuine, and he says he understands her mothers paper hoarding. And then he saves her from the crazy person in the woods. And then makes her hand and arm feel better. What are your thoughts about Garrett so far?
Of course, I was drawn to him, but I, like Nali, felt it was best to keep him at a distance until I learned more. I was afraid that he might hurt her. Needless to say, I was holding my breath and crossing my fingers hoping this handsome boy was indeed genuine and that he would be a good friend to Nali. Something tells me though that he is really a kind and caring boy and there is more to him then his good looks!
3.) We meet Cora and Nali describes her as a bit of a fair-weather friend. Only showing up when it's convenient and never really being a true friend. Have you ever had a fair-weather friend? How did it make you feel?
I have had some people like this in my life, but I can't say I considered them to be friends. People that come and go and only show up when it's convenient for them are not people I care to get close to. So, I always keep them at a wary distance. No point getting close to someone who isn't going to be a true friend especially if they are only going to come around on fair weather days, there are a lot of gray days in Portland!
4.) Nali is teased and called The Waste at school because of her mothers paper hoarding. She's constantly made fun of and put down. Do you think you would be brave enough to stand up for yourself? And if you were to see someone being teased would you jump in and stand up for them?
Wow, this is a tough question. I can easily say that as an adult I am never afraid to stand up for myself, (ok if I am cornered in a dark alley by thugs I would e terrified) and I have stepped in on numerous occasions on the behalf of others. I can't say that I would have been as brave in high school, but on the other hand, if had run into a situation where someone was being bullied I would hope that I would take a stand. Luckily for me, I was never in that situation.
5.) When Regina is picking on Nali in class she suddenly feels these rings go around her body and then seems to step outside of it. Later when she's attacked she seems to have a sort of super speed that helps her dodge blows. Do you have any idea what might be going on? If you could have any ability what ability what you choose?
No, when this first happened I had no idea what was going on. When Nali felt the rings, I thought she was hallucinating or something. When she developed the super speed, I began to see that there was a bit of a paranormal twist and this book that I thought was going to be all about the hoarding illness shifted and became something far different from my initial expectations. What ability would I like? Since I have been asked this before I have thought on it a few times and I would say teleporting. I would love to be able to head to a sunny beach and spend the afternoon reading by the beach in a hammock and still be home in time for dinner!
See you next week! Grab the next set of questions @Buried in Books.