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Week Two Questions and Answers:
1. Noah and Echo create a plan to read their files. What do you think of this plan? Would you read your friends file first knowing you might not have time to read your own? Would you want to read your own file?
I like that the two work together to achieve the goal. It shows that they are slowly coming together. Would I read my friend's file or my own? Well it would depend on the type of information in that file. If it was potential life changing information that I desperately needed, like Echo needing to know the truth about what happened to her, I would probably read my own. On the other hand, if my friend really needed to know some answers then I would read their file. I guess it just depends on the situation. In the case of Echo and Noah, Echo's file should be read first.
2. Mrs. Collins starts to earn Noah’s trust by taking him to see his brother win a writing contest. What do you think of how she’s handling Noah? How would you feel if you were in Noah’s position, hearing that your brother sees you as his hero?
I think Mrs. Collins is smart because she is trying to gain his trust and also to get him to open up. She obviously believes that there is more to Noah than the file. If I were in Noah's shoes and heard my brother describe me as a super hero, it would take everything I had to keep my composure. Then I would try as hard as I could to be the person that my little brother believes me to be.
3. Echo is starting to draw and paint again. She’s starting to express the feelings and what she’s seeing as she’s starting to remember what happened that day. Art therapy seems to be a popular way for people to deal with their feelings, why do you think Echo’s dad didn’t want her to continue with art since it was such a big part of her and is part of so many people’s therapy in dealing with similar issues?
This is a guess, I think that Echo's dad probably blames the art for whatever happened to her that night. Second, I think that he feels it is a waste of her time and she shouldn't be spending her time painting when she should be studying for business. I have a feeling he is one of those people who sees art as something frivolous, and not as a successful career opportunity.
4. We see how crazy Beth’s home life is and we start to understand why she is not as keen to be trusting with people in her life. At the same time, we get to see how fiercely loyal Noah is. What do you think of the way Noah reacted to Beth being beaten by her mother’s boyfriend? Do you think it’s showing bad behavior that could get Noah in more trouble or the act of a true friend?
I was surprised that Noah actually showed a bit of restraint. I was expecting it to be much worse. I can't blame him for going after that worthless prick. It would make my blood boil to see someone I love beaten up. Yes, I realize that behaving this way could certainly get him in more trouble, but I admire the way he stands up for a friend.
5. Echo has an unusual name. What do you think of the story behind it? Is there a Greek Myth or other story that would inspire you to name a child after a character?
The story behind Echo's name is sad, kind of fitting for her character. I can't say that I have been so inspired by a story or character as to want to name my children after it. I do put a great store in names and I spent hours researching children's names and their meanings before selecting Risa which means laughter for my daughter and Mateus which means Gift from God for my son.
6. Echo’s big thing is trying to find “normal” again. She doesn’t want to be the scared girl or the girl who can’t remember what happened to her, she just wants to be normal. This goal impacts her relationships with her family, friends, Noah and her ex Luke. But at the end of this section, Echo is starting to figure out that there’s no going back to old normal and she’s going to have to find a new normal. How big of a step is it for Echo when she realizes she’s not “in” love with Luke and figures out that she does need to find a new normal?
I think this is a huge step for Echo. First realizing that she can't go back to the way things were when she was a freshman, shows she is coming to terms with what happened and slowly learning to live again and navigate in her world. Normal will never be what it was, it is time she strikes a balance and finds her new normal and learns to be happy.
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