These questions come from the lovely Twix!
1. Jessica switches allegiance by siding with Lauren and convincing others to not go on the group outing. Do you feel that, based on Bella's actions the night of the bar incident, her reaction is justified?
Of course not, she was only ever friends with Bella when it could be useful to her in some way. This need is now gone and Jessica has no reason to be friends with her.
2. When the motorcycle loses power to summon Edward's voice, Bella begins to search for the meadow. Why do you think she chooses this as her next attempt to conjure his voice?
Bella is obviously basing her hallucinations on finding a part of Edward, she feels if she can find a trace of him somewhere it will make them stronger... plus she is probably running out of reckless things to do in Forks
3. Bella is amazed that Jacob never gives up on pursuing her, despite rejection after rejection. She wonders where he gets the confidence. Based on what we know of Jacob, what do you think he reasons are for being so confident and not giving up?
Bella has already told him she thinks he is beautiful, Bella chooses to spend all her free time with him even after the bikes are finished... for all purposes he is only 16, and to a 16yr old boy it would appear that she does reciprocate even if she hasn't yet realised it herself
4. Bella knows that part of her will always love Edward, yet she begins to entertain the idea of Jacob being more than just a friend. Do you see this as a betrayal of her heart, or is she smart to press forward and think about moving on?
Edward has not contacted Bella for months at this point & she still believes every word he told her during his parting, Jacob makes the sun shine for her & she can also imagine a very simple life could be had with Jacob...what she and Edward have is heart stopping, breath taking, all consuming love that will last forever... this aside, there is a more mundane love that can come from being with someone and enjoying their company, she understands that she could have this with Jacob. She never once betrays her heart as she knows beneath everything she does and says, if Edward came to her & asked her back she would go, without a moments hesitation.
"You smell just exactly the same as always. So maybe this is hell. I don’t care. I’ll take it." Edward Cullen - New Moon