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Favorite characters: the Vissers, the Dutch couple that took Heather and Ammon in. I share Ammon’s point of view on them, as I find them extremely entertaining, with their continuous fighting and endless sarcasm. Noticeable is the way the author uses vocabulary to emphasize their accent.
Favorite quotes: “She’s not trying to kill him. She’s just not a very good cook.” – I wonder if my husband says the same thing about me.
“Bugs. They were eating bugs. And still they smiled.” – Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like bugs. I hate bugs. I have an all-bug phobia. And I would certainly never eat them. The first two sentences of this quote give me the heebie-jeebies and make my skin crawl. But the third makes me burst out laughing. Each time I read it.
Favorite name: Rachel mad-as-a-hatter Madera – The humor that builds around the character, the exoticism of the name, or maybe just the fact that it reminds me of Madeira wines make this name a favorite.
Least favorite character: Ammon – he is lovable and detestable in the same time. Sometimes I want to kiss him, sometimes I want to kill him. Or am I identifying myself too much with Heather here?
Least favorite quote: (Heather:) “Why did you kiss me?” (Ammon:) “Forgive me.” – men… they just don’t get it, do they?
Least favorite name: Cuddy – does this guy have cooties?
ASPIRIN OF THE BOOK:
News headline: “Woman kills herself by jumping off 24-story building after breakup” – Severe depression, caused by breaking up with her boyfriend, led a young woman to suicide yesterday…
Wrooong! She had just read “The Pauper” and attempted to travel through time.