Monday, August 30, 2010

Rachel's Response to Chapters 21-35

Didn't the book make a big change in these last 15 chapters? I felt like we were reading a very different book than we were two weeks ago!

I'm still really enjoying the book and I am anxious to see how it all works out. We obviously know that Eve comes forward based on what happened in Chapter 1, but now I am so anxious to see how it happens. It's difficult reading the books in pieces like this!

1. Do you think Tim is the one sending the money?
Definitely. And all along I said Tim wasn't all bad. I liked him in the beginning. Did he seem a little odd? Yes, but I still trusted him. I hope this is him doing a piece of "good" for Cory and Eve since he pretty much destroyed their lives.

2. So far, there's been a lot of discussion on CeeCee/Eve and her choices. What choice(s) would you make differently from her?
SO many things! Early on, I would have come forward with the truth and confessed. I also would have found a way to tell Jack that I didn't have Cory. Her sneaking away to doctor's appointments alone was weird. And risky.

3. What do you like about Jack? Are there things about him that you don't like?
I like that he is madly in love with both Eve and Cory. I like that he seems genuine. And I like that he is passionate about his career. The one thing that bugs me about him is willingness to rely on his parents for his whole life.

4. What are the differences between CeeCee/Eve's relationship with Tim and Eve's relationship with Jack?
Eve is a mature young woman. After all she'd been through before Jack, she was at a secure and confident place in her life when she met him. This alone makes their relationship better. I think CeeCee was in lust and head over heels for Tim if he looked at her a certain way, but Eve is madly in love with Jack because he's proven to her that he's worthy of her love. That's something Tim never did.

5. Do you think Eve is to blame for Cory's fears? What could she do, specifically, to help Cory feel like less of an outsider?
Definitely. I think she is very protective of Cory and when Cory was young, she needed to let Cory fall down and get her. She needed to leave her with babysitters. I understand how hard that was for Eve after all that she and Cory had been through, but in the long run, she was hurting Cory more than she was protecting her.

To help her feel like less of an outsider, I think she did the right thing by enrolling her in a private school. It's a smaller environment and she'll be around more kids who are like her.

6. Do you think Eve appropriately answered Cory's questions about her father? Do you think Cory will question her father more as she grows older?
I think she answered it the best she could. It's only natural for Cory to search for more answers as she grows older. I think that she will continue to wonder where her looks and features come from, as she looks nothing like her mom.

I am also curious to see if she ever sees a picture of the governor or his daughter and if she ever questions her heritage. That might be a little too far fetched, but I think it could happen.


  1. I agree Eve should have told Jack the truth about Cory not being hers--that's a huge secret to start off a marriage with!

    Her relationship with Jack and Tim are completely different. With Tim, it seemed it was all about her and how she would do anything to get him to like her; whereas, Eve is concerned that he's falling for her and has some serious doubts about if she should marry him with all her secrets. Jack is really smitten with Eve too and Tim, of course, is just a creep taking advantage of CeeCee for his personal crazy plan. What a user! That's why I'm surprised he even sends her money for Cory.

    I'm on vacation this week so was able to get linked up early this time! Yea!

  2. I just don't think that Eve is madly in love with Jack. I wonder if I'm the only one that feels that way? She doesn't seem interested to me...

  3. I agree that it's hard to read the book in pieces :) I want to race ahead but hold myself back. Great book!

  4. CeeCee's sneaking away to the doctor's appointments seemed strange to me as well. It also really made me question Jack. Why did he let her get away with that?

  5. I am curious also to see if anyone (Cory, Jack) will ever see a pic of the governor's daughter and start to see a resemblance.