Likes to Smile Book Club – Reconstructing Amelia

There are not enough positive adjectives in the thesaurus to explain how excited I am for today’s discussion! Especially after I had the opportunity to interview the author, Kimberly McCreight, about her process for creating content. It is a woo to the hoo situation, to maximum powers!

What are we waiting for?! It is discussion day!! We’ve discussed books before (Revenge Wears Prada & Someday, Someday, Maybe) and I’m unbelievably excited to discuss Reconstructing Amelia with you today! Let’s get this party started…

Reconstructing Amelia Discussion Day // Likes to Smile Book Club

Meanwhile… MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! We’re about to discuss the contents of Reconstructing Amelia, so if you haven’t read it and don’t want to know what happens… stop reading now. Otherwise… ready, set, GO!

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
1) Because every Likes to Smile Book Club discussion starts this way: If there were a movie of the book, who would play the roles of Kate & Amelia? Anyone else you want to cast?
2) Amelia states, “I might have been a better student, and a better athlete. But Sylvia had always been way better at being herself.” In what ways does this quote remind you of your high school friendships?
3) Kimberly McCreight describes Sylvia in this way: “She had a wildness tucked inside her that made her seem fun and unpredictable and just a little tiny bit dangerous. Of course, it was also the exact same thing that eventually ended up driving the boys away. After all, there’s a fine line between wild and full-on whack job.” Agree or disagree?
4) Did you “reconstruct Amelia” and figure out how she died before the story gave us the answer?
5) Did you prefer hearing the story from Kate’s perspective or Amelia’s perspective?
6) Knowing the end of the book; whose story do you wish had continued?
7) What was your favorite part?

I’m going to write my answers below, you can add yours to the comment section and then we can discuss from there.

MY ANSWERS!

1) WHO WOULD YOU CAST? Kim Raver would play Kate and Dora Madison Burge (Becky from Friday Night Lights) would play Amelia. Also, I would cast Miley Cyrus as Zadie.

2) HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDSHIPS? To a certain extent, I always wonder how good any of us were at being ourselves in high school. Especially in retrospect. I felt like a lot of high school was about seeing one trait in everyone. You were a “good student” or “good athlete” or “pretty;” it wasn’t until much later in my life that people seemed to become known for being multi-faceted. I recently had brunch with a group of girls I hadn’t seen since high school and my biggest takeaway was that perhaps the way we perceived ourselves and the way others perceived us in high school were different. But I will say this: there is a certain loyalty to friendships in high school that can only be described as fierce and unbreakable. Thinking about this made me understand both Amelia/Sylvia and Zadie/Dylan friendships in a way that made me never once question why they were friends, but to instead accept their layered relationships and loyalty towards one another wholeheartedly.

3) FINE LINE BETWEEN WILD AND WHACK JOB? Agree! It reminded me of the book (I think I read it at the beginning of college), “A Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing.” If memory serves correctly there was a line in the book that read, “He was all handsome and no pretty. You sense that he’s dangerous and don’t know why and maybe it’s because he makes you feel safer than you ever felt.” That quote has stuck with me for fifteen years and I often think of it when I’m dating people (is he handsome? some pretty? no pretty? handsome and no pretty? does he feel dangerous? safe? both?). That quote has always rung true to me because I’ve always agreed that a hint of ‘wildness’ is attractive. When I read it in “Reconstructing Amelia,” all I could think was ‘yep, we all know people like that.’

I think this fine line also played out in the secret clubs within the school. There is a certain ‘wildness’ to being part of a group (even moreso an exclusive group), and yet, it seemed to bring out a lot of ‘whack job’ tendencies, as well. Sneaking around, lying, bullying and more all got layered on top of wild parties, friendships, adrenaline rushes and first loves creating an atmosphere that could easily tilt from wild to whack job and from love to danger.

4) DID YOU FIGURE IT OUT? Not at all! I didn’t figure it out until I read it on the page. But can we just digress and discuss how insanely well-written this book was! Kimberly McCreight left bread crumb after bread crumb in a trail that led exactly to the answer and yet… I still didn’t see it coming. When we got to the part about Zadie’s mother being involved I thought, “A-ha! The mother must have ended up on the roof with Amelia and backed her off…!” It never dawned on me that Amelia fought with Sylvia! And over the photos! Of course those were going to come up again. Of course! But still… I didn’t see it coming. It was an expertly crafted thriller.

5) KATE OR AMELIA’S PERSPECTIVE? Amelia’s. I found that despite knowing the answer (Amelia is dead); I kept hoping against hope that it would all end differently. That she would tell her mother. That the school would react differently. And I really found myself empathizing with her view of the story. I wanted the world to work out the way she hoped it would.

6) STORY WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT? I wanted to hear something from Dylan’s perspective. Oh! And I want to know what happened in Dylan’s past that Zadie knew about but was never disclosed. I was fascinated by the relationship between Dylan and Zadie: the history, the honesty, the fear/annoyance all intertwined with loyalty. I would love to read an entire novel from Dylan’s point-of-view.

7) FAVORITE PART? The writing. Every single sentence mattered in this book and every detail came full circle. The fact that the English teacher liked to write and had been published (but Amelia thought it was so-so) and then she turns out to be the one writing Gracefully. And then they overhear her on the roof attempting to retract her manuscript. It was brilliant! It makes me want to re-read it just to study how Kimberly McCreight wove it together. More amazing writing: Zadie’s mother asking about Amelia’s eyes and then how the writing previously mentioned Zadie’s grey hair and then we learn that Jeremy went grey young. I didn’t piece that all together, either. This book was spectacularly well thought-out and woven together with such intricacy that I was left in awe.

SNEAKING IN JUST ONE MORE QUESTION: What didn’t I ask that you want to discuss?

And, as promised, the remaining question from my interview with Kimberly McCreight:

10. What message (or life lesson) would you most like readers to take away from Reconstructing Amelia?

In Kimberly McCreight’s own words: Not to keep secrets, to turn to the people you love when you need help. That’s what they’re there for. Especially when you’re young (and even when you’re not) things can turn dangerous a lot faster than you realize.

Here are the questions so you don’t have to scroll through the blog to discuss in the comments. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
1) Because every Likes to Smile Book Club discussion starts this way: If there were a movie of the book, who would play the roles of Kate & Amelia? Anyone else you want to cast?
2) Amelia states, “I might have been a better student, and a better athlete. But Sylvia had always been way better at being herself.” In what ways does this quote remind you of your high school friendships?
3) Kimberly McCreight describes Sylvia in this way: “She had a wildness tucked inside her that made her seem fun and unpredictable and just a little tiny bit dangerous. Of course, it was also the exact same thing that eventually ended up driving the boys away. After all, there’s a fine line between wild and full-on whack job.” Agree or disagree?
4) Did you “reconstruct Amelia” and figure out how she died before the story gave us the answer?
5) Did you prefer hearing the story from Kate’s perspective or Amelia’s perspective?
6) Knowing the end of the book; whose story do you wish had continued?
7) What was your favorite part?
8) What didn’t I ask that you want to discuss?

Until next time!

xoxo,
Stacey

Comments

  1. 1. Hmmm, this is tough. I keep thinking Lauren Graham for Kate, but probably because I can’t think of anyone else. And I’m drawing a blank for Amelia as well. My problem is that I have such strong images in my head of these characters, that no one I know of seems to fit!
    2. This quote doesn’t necessarily remind me of high school friendships, but I think it does remind me of people in high school who I didn’t really talk with, but just admired from afar. There were always these girls who always seemed to have themselves together. They were friendly and their personality really shined through. I was the so-called smart one and I remember just thinking how awesome these people seemed (and I didn’t even know them!) and how I wanted to be like them and/or be friends with them. In terms of my friendships, I don’t think I ever thought that so-and-so was better at being themselves than I was. I felt like we were kind of all on the same page.
    3. Agree! There’s a difference between being spontaneous and carefree and being wild and crazy. Being slightly unpredictable is good. But when you’re that wild, it a no-go.
    4. No, which was surprising! I’ve read a lot of mysteries and I’ve learned to successfully guess who the culprit is (usually from the beginning). I had no clue it was Sylvia! Although looking back on it now, she was the obvious choice. It’s always the person you least expect.
    5. Amelia’s. After all, the story revolved around her, Kate was just piecing it together. And just like Kate, I wanted to know what happened!
    6. I too wanted to learn more about the Dylan/Zadie dynamic. Zadie seemed awfully possessive for a best friend — I felt like there had to be some reasoning behind it. Also, the whole Jeremy thing. I know it really didn’t have anything to do with the storyline as a whole, but I wanted to learn more! I felt like that part was a tease!
    7. My favorite part? Can I say the whole thing? Every piece just worked so well together!
    8. What was the deal with the cop that started the investigation, but then later left to work for Zadie’s stepfather’s company? Was it a coincidence? Was there a reasoning behind it? Maybe that little detail was put in there to throw us off, but the reasoning was never revealed — or was it? Maybe I’m forgetting…

    • You’re right! The reasoning about the cop who started the investigation and then left was never revealed! My guess is that they removed him to protect Zadie’s mother’s (I forget her name) involvement in asking Zadie to bully Amelia? And the stepfather just removed him from the scene. However, the corruptness of that police officer could be an entire novel unto itself!

      And learning more about Jeremy’s storyline would be excellent, too. For instance, if you knew you were the father, why wouldn’t you say anything? And did he know that he was Zadie’s father as well?

      I also agree… the entire thing was fantastic! And I, too, didn’t see Sylvia coming, even though the entire groundwork was laid for that from the very beginning.

      I hope she publishes another book soon, I’ll buy it on opening day! Wasn’t this book just such a ‘WOW!’??

      Thanks for reading along with book club!!

  2. 1) Because every Likes to Smile Book Club discussion starts this way: If there were a movie of the book, who would play the roles of Kate & Amelia? Anyone else you want to cast? While I have my own ideas of what the characters look like, I will play the casting director for this one. For Amelia, I vote for Dakota Fanning, and for Kate, I’d like to see either Ashley Scott or Kate Mara.
    2) Amelia’s statement resonates with me the further I get from high school. I don’t know that I would have had the insight for such a thought back then; I was more caught up in wanting to feel accepted. It wasn’t until later that I appreciate the people who truly did their own thing during those years.
    3) I won’t disagree, because the consequences of a lot of Kate’s choices seem to have untold stories behind them. She doesn’t seem the “whack job” to me, but I know all too well the human capacity to think we are worse off than we truly are. I think more than being a whackadoo, Kate is driven to prove herself.
    4) I didn’t! Zadie’s behavior was so vindictive that I couldn’t exclude her as a possibility.
    5) By taking turns, there was an excellent ebb and flow. I like that Kate’s discoveries were later informed by Amelia’s perspective. An effective way of getting the reader the whole story. I found Amelia’s voice more interesting.
    6) Did it ever sink in for Zadie that Amelia was her half sister? And what happens to Dylan?
    7) McCreight gave so many details that were crucial to the story. I like it when the details matter. As much as I can appreciate a beautiful description, there is power in the details that play into a story. The story included so many styles of writing: text messages, e-mails, Facebook status updates, conversation, and prose; but it wasn’t overkill. I felt like I was part of the investigation.

    Questions I’d like to discuss:
    -Was anyone else as livid as I was about the English teacher being behind gRaCeFULLY? Also, any significance of the capitalized letters?
    -I think e-mails between Kate and Rowan help show Kate’s decision to place the focus on her daughter versus her own happiness. Her exchanges with Rowan made me revisit times in life when either friendships, relationships, or even just a season was coming to a close. And you just walk away. Anyone else feel anything while reading their e-mails?
    -I do not have children of my own, but this book highlighted how easily information can be concealed from authority figures. Kate was discovering an unknown world during her investigation. Whether you have, want, or don’t want to have kids, how does the thought of kids living in a world where contact is constantly available sit with you?
    make you feel?

    • You could definitely be a casting director! Wow… good picks!

      Excellent point too on being caught up in High School on wanting to be accepted. I think I made mention of recently having brunch with high school girlfriends and they commented on how I always fit in with the crowd and I was like, “Huh?” I don’t remember that at all. I always just remember not feeling cool enough or like I knew whatever secret language it was that they spoke.

      I am so fascinated by both Zadie and Dylan’s stories! And I do wonder if Zadie knew on some level that she and Amelia were half-sisters? I mean…the mother did? And her behavior was so vindictive. Actually, come to think of it, now I would like to know a lot more about Zadie’s back story, as well.

      YES! The English teacher being behind Gracefully (and writing a book about the students) was a whole different level I didn’t appreciate. Obviously, she was significantly out for herself, but WOW! What a revelation!

      I was bored by the emails between Kate and Rowan. It led me to see why she would pick him as the story of the father rather than David, the lawyer she assumed was the real father. But it also made me weary of how many times we let fantasies override the truth.

      Also, reading this book made me very relieved I didn’t attend high school when all this technology was possible. I think a very poignant fact from the story was the idea that Kate was being bullied around the clock, a text would ding in the middle of the night. In that regard, even being home wasn’t a relief. And the bullying was able to be so secret (not just with the clubs), but because of the way the technology was helping to hide it. Pretty terrifying if you think of it.

  3. 1) Because every Likes to Smile Book Club discussion starts this way: If there were a movie of the book, who would play the roles of Kate & Amelia? Anyone else you want to cast?
    – I would cast Maggie Gyllanhaal as Kate and I would like to see someone unknown as Amelia.

    2) Amelia states, “I might have been a better student, and a better athlete. But Sylvia had always been way better at being herself.” In what ways does this quote remind you of your high school friendships?
    – At the time I always thought that other people were better at being themselves then I was, but ten years later hearing the stories of what other people did or didn’t do in high school I realize that I was definitely more myself then a lot of other people. I pursued things that I found interesting despite them being thought the cool thing.

    3) Kimberly McCreight describes Sylvia in this way: “She had a wildness tucked inside her that made her seem fun and unpredictable and just a little tiny bit dangerous. Of course, it was also the exact same thing that eventually ended up driving the boys away. After all, there’s a fine line between wild and full-on whack job.” Agree or disagree?
    – I completely agree with that, and I think you can apply it to anyone. You can be “wild” or rather non-conformist and flexible which can open you up to trying new things. When you go full-on whack job and start demanding what you want when you want it is when you scare people away.

    4) Did you “reconstruct Amelia” and figure out how she died before the story gave us the answer?
    – I knew from the beginning that she had not killed herself (but I guess that’s the whole purpose of the story), but I wasn’t sure if someone had pushed her or if she had been trying to get away from someone and slipped. Once Kate went back to see Sylvia and we saw what a mess she had become it was pretty clear that she had something to do with Amelia’s death.

    5) Did you prefer hearing the story from Kate’s perspective or Amelia’s perspective?
    – I liked both, and it was interesting to see the same story from the perspective of a mom who is trying so hard to keep it together and make sure her daughter knows how much she loves her and the perspective of her daughter who is trying to do the same for her mom.

    6) Knowing the end of the book; whose story do you wish had continued?
    – I would love to know what happened to the other Maggie’s as well as what Kate did next with her life, as there were indications that maybe the corporate life was not for her anymore.

    7) What was your favorite part?
    – I loved seeing the evolution of Kate from law student to new mom to mom of a teenager just trying to figure it out. Its somehow reassuring that you may never quite have life figured out and it can still be amazing.

    8) What didn’t I ask that you want to discuss?
    – You could have asked more questions about the role of the Maggie’s and the other secret societies in how teenagers develop.

    • Maggie Gyllenhall… great casting!!

      I think I also spent a good portion of the book wondering if the homicide was intentional (someone pushed her) or more accidental (she backed away and fell over). I’m so impressed you realized Sylvia had something to do with it when Kate went back and she was a mess! I didn’t piece that together, but when I read it in your answer I kept thinking, “Oooo! I wish I would have!”

      I loved how much both the mother and daughter loved one another — excellent point!

      What do you mean by questions about role of the Maggies? How do you think secret societies impact how teenagers develop?

      Thanks so much for reading!

      • I think my interest in the Maggie could be based in my lack of knowledge as to how girls are in high school in the US. I lived overseas for a number of years as a kid, moving back in the middle of high school. However, by the time we came back I had turned into the (awesome) nerd I am to this day, and did what I wanted to do with little regard for its coolness factor. So with the Maggies I wonder how much of their behavior is trying to define themselves in a world where everyone knows everything and nothing, as well as how much of the insanity they come up with is a plea for attention from a world that seems ready to treat them like adults while they clearly are not. Thats why I would love to know more about the other girls, and what happened to them and the Maggie’s after the book ended.

        • Hi Jessica,

          Now that’s a fascinating theory. See…this is why I love book club! Other people always make me think!! This right here: “So with the Maggies I wonder how much of their behavior is trying to define themselves in a world where everyone knows everything and nothing, as well as how much of the insanity they come up with is a plea for attention from a world that seems ready to treat them like adults while they clearly are not.” Wow, girl!

          I think all of the above, plus the technological advances. I think there is just too much information at everyone’s finger tips these days and not in a good way! And I think in high school, there is a certain sense that everyone is doing it better than you are. Add to that the thrill of secrets and the sense of adventure and the hormones of high school… it’s a recipe, I’m just not sure what for.

          Thanks so much for reading along! Book club is seriously the highlight of my month.

          xoxo,
          Stacey

  4. Monica Graham says:

    1) Because every Likes to Smile Book Club discussion starts this way: If there were a movie of the book, who would play the roles of Kate & Amelia? Anyone else you want to cast?
    For Kate, I would go with Jennifer Morrison, for Amelia, Abigail Breslin.

    2) Amelia states, “I might have been a better student, and a better athlete. But Sylvia had always been way better at being herself.” In what ways does this quote remind you of your high school friendships?
    I feel like everyone in high school is trying to define themselves and act accordingly. It’s a time where everyone is telling you to decide “who you are going to be”, “what you are going to do with your life” so I feel like everyone experiments with different versions of themselves. It’s an age of exploration and experimentation – a highly formative stage where I’m not sure it’s possible to really “be yourself.”

    3) Kimberly McCreight describes Sylvia in this way: “She had a wildness tucked inside her that made her seem fun and unpredictable and just a little tiny bit dangerous. Of course, it was also the exact same thing that eventually ended up driving the boys away. After all, there’s a fine line between wild and full-on whack job.” Agree or disagree?
    Agree. I had a friend just like Sylvia.

    4) Did you “reconstruct Amelia” and figure out how she died before the story gave us the answer?
    Absolutely not. I never occurred to me that it could have been an accident.

    5) Did you prefer hearing the story from Kate’s perspective or Amelia’s perspective?
    I really liked both. Each was a different approach to storytelling which makes it hard to compare. I like how the story unfolded, giving you enough time and information to forget about certain details before they resurfaced in the story.

    6) Knowing the end of the book; whose story do you wish had continued?
    I would like to know more about Dylan but I think it would also be interesting to see the impact the accident had on Sylvia in the long run.

    7) What was your favorite part?
    I really liked the format of the book, particularly the text, blog, and facebook posts.

    8) What didn’t I ask that you want to discuss?
    Something seems off about having Sylvia write “sorry” on the wall following what happened. She is the one who write that, right?

    • Monica!! So nice to see you! I had no idea you were playing along, too!

      Abigail Breslin for Amelia… yes! Great casting.

      I like the way you put it… it does seem like the set-up of high school might make it impossible to “be yourself.”

      Someone else commented on how well it was written considering how many forms the writing took (text, facebook posts, blog posts, emails, narration), I was blown away by the mention of that. I hadn’t stopped to consider it.

      You’re right! It must have been Sylvia who wrote “sorry” on the wall. I hadn’t thought to consider that! Once it was the “a-ha” it wasn’t a suicide moment, I just accepted it for moving the narrative forward and never stopped to consider who might have written it. Or rather, I guess I assumed a Maggie had written it and only later realized the Maggie’s weren’t even on the roof. What a great telling of the story… I feel for so many twists and turns!

  5. Sorry I’m late! So excited to play book club!

    1) Because the relationship between Kate and Jeremy (it was so obvious before it was even mentioned) reminded me so much of will and Alicia from the good wife, I pictured Kate as (and Jeremy as josh Charles). Amelia would be played by Mackenzie Vega (Grace from the good wife). I would also cast Blake Lively (circa sisterhood of the travelling pants) as Dylan.

    2) High School frienships. I just got the shivers thinking about it. That quote does resonate with me though as I find that in high school everyone was trying so hard to fit in and make friends that no one (myself included) was very good at being themselves. When I think of all the people I desperately wanted to be friends with in high school, I really understand the phrase “hindsight is 20/20”. I have a close group of 3 friends from high school that I still keep in touch with and count amoungst my closest friends, and if only I had been better at being myself I wouldn’t have wasted so much time in high school trying to be “cool”.

    3)Completely agree. I like to think that everyone is a bit crazy, but some people hide their crazy better than others. Make no mistake, however, it is always a fine line between wild and full-on whack job.

    4) I can honestly say I didn’t figure this one out. I obviously didn’t think she killed herself, but there were definitely parts where when things weren’t looking so good I thought yes maybe she did kill herself or that maybe she had been in a confrontation with one of the magpies on the roof and had fallen but I truly didn’t see this coming. Mainly because I guess I thought Sylvia would have come clean about it/wouldn’t be able to hide her guilt or whatnot. But seriously, mind blown. Amazing.

    5) I think the combination of hearing the story from Kate and Amelia’s perspectives was absolutely perfect. While I am horrible at suspending my belief in reality long enough to accept that Amelia could tell her story up until the moment that she dies, I will admit that there is so much depth to the story that we couldn’t possibly know if not from Amelia’s point of view, and that would be incomplete without knowing how oblivious Kate was to a lot of what was going on. Sorry for not really answering the question.

    6) I wanted to know a bit more of the back story between Zadie’s mom and Jeremy, as well as what happened between Zadie and her mom after Kate left (and if this affected Zadie/made her feel remorseful at all). I also want to know a bit more about Sylvia and why she felt she needed to keep the truth to herself.

    7) My fave part was everything. Such an amazing book. Loved every second of it. Kimberly McCreight is a genius! Next book please!

    • My favorite part was everything, too!!

      Will and Alicia, yes! I see it now, too. But I didn’t see it then. Great casting! And Blake Lively as Dylan is perfect.

      I think we all ‘wasted’ a lot of time in high school trying to be cool. No one should be subjected to that many hormones at once!

      I didn’t figure it out either. I kept assuming something happened with the Maggie’s. I was stunned it was Sylvia, but shouldn’t have been, as all the bread crumbs really were left!

      I agree… knowing more about the relationship between Zadie’s mom and Jeremy (and Kate and Jeremy) would be fascinating. Though, I really want to know the back story to Zadie and Dylan’s friendship!

  6. Hi Stacey, sorry that I’m late this time to the book club!
    1) I find it so difficult to think of famous actors.. I do have some sort of Amelia in mind but I’m not quiet sure..

    2) I think high school is a fun but also a difficult time for kids. Kids can be very judgemental and hard for others. You have to be something in highschool. For example, I was friends with lots of people because I liked them all but at one point I had to make a decision between people because it’s not possible that you hang out with the nerds, the popular and less popular kids. It’s always about kind of groups..

    3) I guess the full on wack on comes from being insecure about yourself. Definitely Sylvia was insecure when it came to boys I think and that’s maybe why she acted so crazy after a while.. because boys let her down and that made her more insecure?

    4) No actually I didn’t.. I had numerous thoughts about it. First I thought she did it, second I thought someone who hated gays pushed her, than the teacher could have been my suspect and then.. Sylvia?! Oh my… no I never thought that would happen..

    5) Hmm both, the combination was perfect! The timing was great! It kept me very excited to keep reading.

    6) Zadie I think.. her story. It must have been very complicated!

    7) The facebook posts and text messages. I think that’s sooo teenager! Definitely the shortening of the words.. I don’t use words like IDK in my messages. Do you?

    8) What did you think of when it became clear who was Amelia’s dad? I expected a more exciting story actually.. I thought.. “Well this isn’t so bad you couldn’t tell your daughter…” But maybe it is?

    • Hi Claudia!

      You can always participate in book club, on-time or late… I love reading everyone’s thoughts no matter when they appear!

      I think you’re right…a lot of high school is about which groups you hang out with.

      That’s interesting and I do think you’re onto something, I think transferring from wild to whack-job really is about being insecure about yourself!

      I never considered that the teacher could have pushed her, but you’re right… total suspect!

      Zadie’s story would be amazing to hear, too!

      I used to not like shortening words and then I got an iPhone and struggle to type on it and now I don’t mind. Typing messages was easier with a blackberry :)

      I thought the story of Amelia’s Dad was so sad. If he knew, why didn’t he say anything? How could he just let her be sort of off to the side? I understood why Kate would keep quiet (especially thinking it was someone else), but I didn’t understand why the Dad would…

      Hope you liked the book! Thanks so much for reading along!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

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