Thursday, August 9, 2012

Pushing the Limits Read-Along Week 2

This fabulous event is hosted by Candace Book Blog, Me @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and The Bewitched Bookworms.

July 24 - Intro Post for the Read-A-Long - Linky for Participation!
July 31 - Bewitched Bookworms Pages 7-84 ends with a Noah Chapter - +Pushing the Limits Giveaway here at Dazzling Reads! =D
Aug 7th - The Page Turners Pages 85 - 162 - ends with a Noah Chapter
Aug 14th - Candace Book Blog Pages 163 - 239 - ends with a Noah Chapter
Aug 21th - Dazzling Reads Pages 240 - 316 - ends with a Echo chapter
Aug 28th - The Book Swarm Pages 317 - 392

And now onto the Questions for the first week:

1. 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?
I think the plan is their way of coping or release. They know that it’s the only way of getting out of their situation in an easy way at least. Would I read my friends file? Well it depends on the situation honestly. But if I care much for a friend, I definitely would. If I was in Echo’s situation, I definitely would want to, but to think of it, I rather not in reality same with Noah’s case.

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?
This scene is one of those priceless moments in this book. I love how Mrs. Collins is handling Noah! I love how she fails in driving. She’s one of those invaluable characters in this book that I learned to love from the start. If I was in Noah’s situation it would be my PROUDEST moment and I would treasure it forever.

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?
Creativity sharpens the mind (or so I think it does) and painting is one from of creativity that Echo loves to do. Art is a way of expressing yourself and this therapy I think it will help Echo remember the repressed memory she had lost that night. I think her dad just want to move on with their life. Even if it’s a valuable thing for Echo, I think her dad is just afraid of what Echo might become.

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?
Every time I read Noah’s chapter I get to know more about this guy and it just proves to me that he’s a go to guy. A guy who would protect you and help you no matter what the situation is. I admire Noah for being a true friend to Beth. Noah is just an admirable character in terms of trait and upbringing.

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?
I really love the story of where Echo got her name. I love the lore and the naming. It’s very unique or at least the story. I’m also glad that it was mentioned in the books on how she got her name. It only proves how creative their parents were. I’m not really sure if there’s a Greek Myth but I admire McGarry for the lore. It seems that she would be a great fantasy writer, I was totally sold!

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?
At this point I think that Echo is realizing the magnitude of the situation. No matter what she do, she’s always going to be the girl who can’t remember and the moment she realize that she’s not “in” love with Luke just proves that she wants to break free of the pretenses and accept that fact that she is like that. I think the most positive way to think is that she is ready let go but with the severity of the things happening around her and their plan to look at their files I believe that she want to know answers first.

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