Welcome to the second week of the
Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry Read-A-Long!!
Please check the intro post about the “Rules” and the Grand Prize (which is the cutest prize ever). If you do not have a copy yet,
Pushing The Limits just came out today!! Happy BookBirthday!!
And… for those who would rather win a copy and join the discussion later, we have a finished copy for you to win!
Now onto the Read-A-Long:
- July 24 – Intro Post for the Read-A-Long – Linky for Participation!
July 31 – Bewitched Bookworms Pages 7-84Giveaway still open!
- Aug 7th – The Page Turners Pages 85 – 162 -TODAY
- Aug 14th – Candace Book Blog Pages 163 – 239
- Aug 21th – Dazzling Reads Pages 240 – 316
- Aug 28th – The Book Swarm Pages 317 – 392
Special Event: Evening of August 28th – Live Twitter Chat with Author Katie McGarry!!!!
Noah and Echo create a plan to read their files. What do you think of this plan? Would you read your friends file first knowing you might not have time to read your own? Would you want to read your own file?
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?
Heather: Mrs. Collins is earning Noah’s trust in the only way she possibly can–by getting him access to his brothers. Nothing else would have worked at this point, no amount of talking one on one would have broken through to him. But dangling the possibility of interacting with his brothers if Noah works hard and straightens out his act in front of him like a proverbial carrot is the right thing for her to do. As for Noah’s reaction to his brother’s essay full of hero worship, I would feel a bit uncomfortable knowing that I’d done quite a bit in the past up until that point in my life that clearly couldn’t be admired. It would certainly make me want to be a better person, worthy of being called a hero.
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?
Danny: Echo’s father simply was afraid! I think he was torn in-between wanting his daughter to remember and scared that she does. I truly didn’t get Echo’s dad and I was again mad at him for treating Echo like this!
Heather: Echo’s father has taken her amnesia as a convenient way to wipe out any traces of her old useless life away. In his mind, what good is art? Will you make a bunch of money, will you be secure? He wants his daughter to be successful and prosper, not live a life of poverty.
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?
Heather: It’s definitely a combination of both because it’s a bit disconcerting that he thinks nothing of going after a man twice his size to protect one of his best friends. Obviously Beth’s mother is a piece of work and wouldn’t back them if they went to the police, but resorting to violence was a bit much.
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?
Heather: Echo is interesting, but when we had a son we just went with a good old Irish name.
Pushy: I love her name and I love that her mother picked such a unique name for her. I’m a traditionalist too (we picked family names for our kids) but I like how special their names are. I can’t picture myself loving a character enough to name one of my children after him or her.
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?
Danny: That part was so important for Echo and I loved that she finally realized everything is about her, what she needs and what she wants. Even more, she changed – drastically and she needed to finally accept the fact that the old Echo is not there anymore! And.. *snorts* yes finally she realized that she’s not in love with this douchebag!
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