This fabulous event is hosted by Candace Book Blog, Natalia @ Dazzling Reads, The Page Turners, Mary @ The Book Swarm and Bewitched Bookworms.
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 Book Birthday!
And… for those who would rather win a copy and join the discussion later, we have a finished copy for you to win.
- July 24 – Intro Post for the Read-A-Long – Go HERE if you haven’t signed up.
- July 31 – Bewitched Bookworms Pages 7-84 ends with a Noah Chapter
- 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
Special Event: Evening of August 28th – Live Twitter Chat with Author Katie McGarry!
Week 1 Questions:
1. The story starts out with Echo’s thoughts on how she wants to answer her therapist’s questions (snarky and caustically truthful) which are quickly juxtaposed to how she does (milque-toasty and banal). Who do you think she hides the truth for more, her parents or herself?
Ooh, good question. Echo has had to become adept at hiding things from everyone, blending in and not drawing any attention to herself, if she can help it. But I think she hides the truth from herself more than anyone else because she can’t face that truth. Even though, at this point, we don’t know what happened in the past with Echo and her mother, we can guess it’s something terrible, scarring, and traumatic. I’m pretty sure I’d want to hide from the truth, if something like that ever happened to me.
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?
I really like her. While she’s stuck within the confines of her job and all the red tape it entails, she seems to want the best for her kids. She’s a bit pushy but I think it’s what both Echo and Noah need. They’ve been just surviving for so long, they need someone who’s going to show them what they’re capable of.
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 only has one close friend, and Lila will barely speak to her in school. Do you think Echo would have had an easier time coping and moving on if she had friends like Noah does?
Oh, most definitely. Life is always easier when you have someone to talk to, someone who knows what you’re going through and is there to support you through thick and thin. Her life is made so much more difficult because of her parents and her friends and, really, those people should be the ones she can count on. God, Lila is a horrible friend! I mean, I understand peer pressure sucks but your friend needs you quite badly and you won’t even talk to her at school. Horrible.
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!
A little of both. Lectures totally make me zone out and I usually focus on one object when I’m doing so. But…because Echo has so many repressed memories, I think that ribbon draws her eye more than it normally would because there might be some significance there.
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 do you think is Noah so focused on Echo and her Jacket and what does that tell you about Noah’s character?
With the missing jacket, Echo is inadvertently sharing bits of herself with Noah, telling him things like she’s not really aware of the world around her (doesn’t notice when it’s cold or that she doesn’t have a jacket) and she’s also not aware or doesn’t care about her personal health. Because Noah, despite his very prickly demeanor, is at heart a caregiver, he worries about Echo not taking care of herself. (So sweet!)
b) Show us your favorite jacket! Either with you having it on or alone!
I’m not a big jacket/coat wearer (living in the South, I can usually get away with something light or avoiding one altogether) but, if I were, I’d love this Kate Spade coat:
|Kate Spade Website (ah, if only…)|
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?
He always knew she was hiding something but when he saw her scars, he knew it was more than he expected. Having something like that right in his face, really made him acknowledge it on a deeper level so, yes, I do think this is *that* moment.
b) Show us your favorite pair of gloves!
My hands always get so cold in the winter and, because my house is old and hard to heat, I wear gloves much of the winter (yeah, I don’t wear jackets but I wear gloves inside. I’m weird. I admit it.). These aren’t mine, since mine are packed up (yeah, a small, old house with little closet space) but this is what I wear:
|You can get a pair like this on etsy!|
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