It's Week 3 over at Book Beginnings & Bookends. I've long since finished the book, but I'm still enjoying answering the questions & seeing how everyone else feels about this book.
So...on to the questions this week over Chapters 21-35.
1. Do you think Tim is the one sending the money?
I think he has to be. Unless there is another character that has yet to be revealed, I think he's the only option. However, I still don't think it makes sense why he's sending it to her. The first $5000 is certainly questionable, while I think this was basically to bribe her into joining his scheme--however, the rest of the money just doesn't make sense. He doesn't really seem like the generous type or even the type who would be sending money her way out of guilt.
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?
Wow, so many things. First of all, I'd like to hope that I would never have gotten involved with a man like Tim which hopefully would have kept me from falling into this never-ending downward spiral of bad choices. I'd have not gone along with his plan, I'd have turned myself & the baby in, etc., etc., etc.
3. What do you like about Jack? Are there things about him that you don't like?
Jack is real, and trustworthy, and in my head cute in a quirky way. At this point, there's really nothing that I see that I don't like. I have to believe he loves Eve for who she is (or at least who he thinks she is). His love seems to be so constant & unending which is certainly something Eve will be fully drawn to.
4. What are the differences between CeeCee/Eve's relationship with Tim and Eve's relationship with Jack?
Night & day. Eve & Jack's relationship isn't built upon deception or manipulation. I think Jack & Eve truly love each other & would go to the moon & back to make each other happy.
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?
Absolutely. She is sheltering Cory & protecting her to a fault. It's easy for me to say this since I'm not currently a mother; however, she has to let her live her life. Especially as she continues to grow-up, how will she ever learn to survive on her own with her mother always right next to her never letting her experience things? Falling down (either literally or figuratively) is part of life and Eve needed to express the fact that even if Cory did fall down--she was there to pick her right up and help her on her way. Instead she prevented her from ever falling down at all.
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?
Cory will definitely want to know more about her father. I honestly don't know what an appropriate answer would be to Cory's questions. What's Eve supposed to say? Oh honey, your daddy is alive but I kidnapped you when your mother died. Obviously that wouldn't have worked either; I think Eve is naive to think that her present answers will be sufficient & while she certainly can't fully address the situation right now, she needs to start preparing for when that will happen.