Hi there, Bookies!
It was nice to see so many comments from folks who could relate to some of the book’s situations. Nothing can really prepare you for the anxiety that settles in once your young hope and enthusiasm has been replaced with life and all that it throws at you. And, yes, many of us know someone like Emma, who spends what feels like an eternity trying to save someone, trying to change someone, trying to have that person be the best person he or she can be, as opposed to the “shell” that he’s/she’s become. What is it about us that we do that? That we ignore all the signs, we ignore warnings from friends and family, and try to see the good in someone who can be so bad?
I found more symbolism about the “yin and yang” with the fact that just as Emma starts to get her life together, Dex’s life starts to fall apart. Is anyone else getting that symbolism or those signs? There was one point that really gnawed at me—the fight that Dex and Emma have, where she finally asks how she could love someone but not like him was heart-wrenching. The irony that she cared and felt so strongly about someone that she couldn’t like and didn’t respect. She finally saw Dex for what he had become and not what she wanted him to be.
Dex treated everyone like garbage—including Emma—yet he tried desperately to hold on to her. Am I giving Dex too much credit in thinking that he actually experienced some heartbreak by watching her walk away?
Let me know what you’re thinking. Next week, it’s Part 3, Early Thirties.
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