Amivera wrote:glstewart wrote: Amivera, you kill me! Given your perfect summation, how on earth could Mike think the peck on the cheek was anything other than friendly? In fact, it seems to me that Mike's taking the peck on the cheek as encouragement is coming all from us. Nowhere in the book does he seem to think it's anything else!
holdingoutforjacob and slayerchick303 pretty much summed this up.
Mike was encouraged by a wave and a smile, as was Jacob. (If you remember correctly, Bella would give him a smile and he would suddenly fight harder, or become confused because she was misleading him all the time)
A peck on the cheek would most likely encourage him. Perhaps you have a hard time placing yourself in a teenager's shoes...
I think maybe I know too many Mikes in real-life because I understood his character right away. I knew that he'd be one of those guys that was encouraged by the smallest thing and never stopped thinking he had a chance. I found it relatively easy to imagine the events in the Twilight Saga from a teenager's perspective, but I think most women might find it hard to "get" Mike because he's not just a teenager, he's a teenager of the opposite sex. If someone really has a hard time understanding Mike, tell them to go find a teenage boy and then they should begin to understand him better.