Hey everyone!! I’m participating in the Gayle Forman Read Along organized by the ever so wonderful Brittany from The Book Addict’s Guide! The first book we are reading is Gayle’s debut novel, Sisters in Sanity, and this book is being hosted by the amazing Judith at Paper Riot! This post contains by answers for the second week’s reading section, chapters 8-14.
1. “I can’t think too much about how I got here, because when I do I feel like I’ve been betrayed by you, and that makes me feel worse than everything else that’s happened.” (p. 85) Brit says that she feels betrayed by her father. In which way would she feel betrayed by him? Do you think she should feel this way?
Brit feels betrayed because her dad just dumper her at this awful place without hardly any explanation, and so Brit can only guess why he would do that. She feels like her stepmother was the one who wanted her gone, and practically brainwashed her father into wanting that too. Brit also thinks that she is a reminder to her father of what happened to her mother, and she thinks that he may believe that the same thing is going to happen to her. I think that it is fair for Brit to feel a little betrayed at this point, because she really has no idea why she is there and why her father allowed it to happen. It hurts me though, to think that Brit is feeling this way.
2. “Sooner or later, you’re going to have to talk about your mother, about the ways in which her nature mirrors your own.”(p. 117) When Clayton says this to Brit, Brit has a major freakout. Do you think Clayton was right to say this to Brit? Do you think she takes Brit’s mom’s illness seriously? Should she?
I reallllllly don’t think that Clayton has the right to say this to Brit. Clayton obviously doesn’t realize the seriousness of Brit’s mom’s condition, and that Brit doesn’t act the way she does because of it. Brit is right, she acts the way she was raised… it’s everyone else who has changed.
3. “Crazy concept. Trusting your child.” (p. 126) Brit says this to V when they talk about how their parents trust the Red Rock instead of their own children. Do you think the parents of Red Rock girls are wrong not to trust them? Do you think it’s understandable that they trust these so-called professionals instead of their own child? Do you think all of the girls need to be locked away in a special “school”?
I do not think that all of these girls need to be locked away in a “special school.” They seem like regular teenagers with regular problems to me, it’s just that their parents are taking their problems way too seriously and think that they are bigger and more life-altering than they actually are. I think the parents ARE wrong to be trusting the Red Rock staff instead of their own children, but Red Rock puts up a pretty strong facade that leads the parents to believe that everything there is amazing and that they are helping their children in the best way possible…. which we as the readers know are LIES!!!!
4. At the end of chapter 14, there’s a bit of a cliffhanger. Brit and the Sisters are trying to sneak her out to see Jed. Do you think this will work out? And do you think that Jed will actually want to see her?
I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see if this whole sneak out is going to work out okay!!! I really really want it to, but I have a gut feeling that something is going to go wrong. And if Brit actually makes it out all the way to see Jed, I deifnitely think he is going to be overjoyed to see her there. You can tell by the coded letters that he definitely misses her and is into her!
5. Talking about Jed and Brit: do you think there is a future for them? From what we’ve seen from Jed, he keeps reminding Brit of Fireflies, but would they work as a real couple, or does Brit just have an innocent crush?
I really want there to be a future for Jed and Brit!! I think that they would work as a real couple, but that is based on what I know from Brit. We don’t really know too much about Jed, so who knows. I’m always a fan of relationships with the guy being a little bit older than the girl, but then you run the risk of him thinking of her as a little sister! I hope he really does like her.