- My thoughts: I don’t think this at all. Keep in mind I haven’t read the whole book yet but from what I’ve read Olivia Jean is a young girl, like any other, wanting love and attention from her parents. I haven’t run across anything yet that shows me Olivia Jean has her head in the clouds other than maybe some unrealistic expectations about having and caring for a baby at her age. As for her parents, is it wrong for a child to sometimes have all of her parent’s attention, to not be pushed aside whether for a spouse or another child. I don’t think so-it’s a basic human need to want to be loved and what is an unrealistic expectation for some isn’t for another. Olivia Jean wanting her father to sing her a song for her birthday and instead having him sing it to her mother in front of everyone proves to me that this child didn’t have her head in the clouds at all. That was blatant favoritism and I’m pretty sure any child or for that matter adult would have felt slighted and hurt.
Bonnie also asked, ‘Why make Turk the bad guy?’ Do readers dislike him because we really haven’t been given enough to know his true character. Bonnie has said that she’s thought of writing a book from his perspective so we would better be able to understand him…Not sure that would help for me…
- My thoughts: I don’t completely blame Turk at all although his actions do really make me angry. I’ve been lucky in my life to have the love of a very good father so for me reading about some of the ways he has treated Olivia Jean just breaks my heart. After finding out she is pregnant, he refers to her only as ‘the girl’. Sorry, you can’t make me like a character like that. I think he has some essential parts missing in his emotional makeup because even as a husband he is found greatly lacking when he disappears for days. As for only blaming him-no-I think Daisy is just as much at fault because of her love for him, she often denies giving Olivia Jean what she does need although deep down she knows she should, she just doesn’t know how.
Bonnie, I hope that addresses some of what you were looking to have answered. These were really great topics to discuss and I think this book would make such a wonderful selection for a book club read. There is so much in terms of emotional things going on and the situation itself that could keep the conversation going for a long time.
Make sure to read my post underneath this one for my first set of thoughts on this novel or you can click here for it also.