Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Bonnie noted: "It's interesting that what we notice in reading concerns whatever is going on in our lives at that time."
I have also found too that what really stands out in reading are things that are relevant to me at that time in my life.

I was sorry to read about the hair loss that your granddaughter has experienced. I hope that her hair grows back and, more importantly, that those around her give her the love and confidence she especially needs in coping with this.

What depressing things have you picked up in the book? What positive things?

The constant financial struggles of Cerise are depressing as well as her bad choices. It is positive that Cerise had the determination to support herself and her children.

I thought it was depressing that neither Cerise nor Anna thought about the possible consequences of their actions. Neither seemed to weigh only the emotional issues nor the pregnancy risks associated with their sex lives. It is true that both were young when their first pregnancies occurred, but they just didn't seem to think before allowing themselves to be used. It didn't seem like the relationships were for love, but for satisfying the urges of their partners. Neither seemed to fully think out the options available--Anna seemed to automatically think that abortion was the best option while Cerise was given quite one-sided opinions on having the baby rather than aborting it (the helpful couple sure didn't give her much help other than persuading her to keep the baby).

What do you think will come of this fight between Cerise and Melody about the battery?
I've finished the book so know the unfortunate consequences.


Zorro said...

I am distressed that my library has not called with Windfalls in from innerlibrary loan. Hope it get here before you finish the discussion.

Shirley said...

I hope that you are able to get the book as well. Although not a terrific book, it does give one an opportunity to explore in a fictional setting the all too frequent event of unmarried pregnancy. The two girls in the book take the different approaches with one raising her child and the other aborting it. However, there are two other major options girls can often consider: marrying the father of the baby and giving the baby up for adoption (an option that Cherise considered only briefly). I had thought that the book would have generated more discussion.