Pushing the Limits Read-a-long, Week 3
I’m plugging right along into Week 3 of the Pushing the Limits Read-a-Long!
I’m not sure how I feel about the book yet…but hopefully by the end I will love it, as I have seen so many others have!
Here are my answers for this week’s questions.
1. In the beginning of this section Noah decides to ignore Echo because he’s angry and hurt. What did you think of this? Have you ever experienced a friendship that went awry and they started ignoring you?
During college I lost my friendship with my best friend in high school. Now, I realize it was probably for the best, since our lives went in such different directions. But then, I couldn’t understand what went wrong and it hurt, a lot. These days I realize that the only people I can depend on are my family.
2. Noah has a bit of a false reputation. Everyone thinks he’s a big druggie and a guy that just randomly hooks up with girls. While some of it is true to a certain extent, we see it’s not really him. Have you ever had a false reputation where people draw their own conclusions? Do you think Noah should do something to make people not think that about him?
Somewhat. I’ve heard that some people might think I’m stuck up or snobby, but the truth is I’m just not a very social person. I don’t think Noah cares much about what his schoolmates think about him. He only has to prove himself to Noah and his brothers.
3. Ashley finds out she’s having a boy and informs Echo she will have a brother ‘again’. Echo took this very personally and was extremely upset. Do you think Echo overreacted? Do you think Ashley meant that the new brother would replace her brother?
No, I don’t think Echo overreacted at all. I’m very undecided about Ashley–I can’t tell if she really wants to bond with Echo, or if she just wants Echo to go back to her old life. I myself only have one brother, and there’s no way he could ever be replaced.
4. Echo doesn’t remember what happened with her mother and for this reason she has trouble seeing her the way everyone else does. She can’t seem to not miss her and still wants to talk to her. Do you think she should pursue finding her mom? Do you think it will help her or do you think she would be in danger?
I don’t think there’s a right answer to this question. A child always misses her parent, no matter what wrong things they might have done in the past. If Echo does decide to meet her, I think she should ease into it and make sure her mom is fully healed.
5. Noah doesn’t trust the people who have his brothers because of his own past situations. He decides to seek out a lawyer himself and try to get custody. Do you think this is his best move? Do you think there are some other options he should consider?
I know that Noah desperately wants his young brothers back, but I kind of agree with Mrs. Collins in that it would be very difficult for an 18 year old to raise two boys. Noah should probably at least try to get a stable job and home first.
6. Echo finds out that Noah and his parents built houses for Habitat for Humanity. Have you ever volunteered for something like that? What is a cause that you feel strongly about?
In college I spent time on fundraising for St. Jude’s, and I still make donations. Any cause that helps children is worthwhile.