1.Were you at all surprised by the description Bella gave of the dullness that surrounded her life for the past four months? How did that make you feel?
Not at all, been there, done that. I've been through a breakup that felt very much like how this was portrayed. I read New Moon in less than 24 hours. It put me in a very dark place, someplace I've been before, and felt like I couldn' t put the book down until I was out of there.
2. Did you agree with Charlie that Bella should go and be with her mother again? Why or why not?
Well, as a parent, I understand why you would say that. You just want your kid to be OK, at any cost. Certainly, I didn't want her to go. I mean, how does this change if she leaves Forks. And, I do think if you were going to try to get out of a funk like this, there is some benefit to staying put. I would want to reestablish my life, new memories, etc. and not be run out.
3. Bella chose to spend her first attempt at normalcy with Jessica Stanley. Why do you think she chose Jess and not one of her other friends? Do you think Jess was a good choice? How do you think this event impacted their relationship?
Jess is one of those kinds of friends who is a surface friend. She never really beared her heart and soul to her. She picked her because she knew Jessica is about Jessica and would notice or ask anything of her. And, that was why she went out, for what it looked like on the surface, not because she really wanted to connect with someone. And, I believe the only reason Jessica was her friend was because of what it gave her, so certainly, if Bella wasn't the shiny toy anymore, or acting in a way she didn't like, it would be done.
4. When Bella first heard Edward's voice, did you think it was REALLY his voice or just in her head? What do you think of her solution to hear his voice more often by putting herself in danger?
OK, so I may be the only one here who thinks this....and the book certainly didn't explain it, but I do think this was some kind of connection. I'm rereading New Moon right now and paid close attention to this part. She says the voice is completely unlike her conscious memories of him, which are dull, hazy, flat, etc. I do think its something different than a memory, or her mind doing this. I mentioned early that I've been through my version of this, and I relate to feeling like you need some way to stay connected, even if its not good for you. If danger put the voice back in her head...I get it. I wouldn't want my daughter to do that, or my friend, etc, but it makes sense to me.