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April 08, 2008

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I got a late start on this book, so I'm not quite finished, but what an excellent book. This is definitely one I'll be recommending to everyone I know. The characters are so well-developed, I feel like I'd like to meet them, and I know I'll miss them when I finish the book.

I'm an avid reader, but I don't recall reading a book about this particular subject matter before - as mentioned in the book, it's a frighteningly common occurrence, but it's rarely talked about. think Ms. Kittle did an excellent job of addressing the subject matter in a very straight-forward way, with Sarah and other characters voicing the questions and doubts I think everyone would would naturally experience. I don't want to give too much away here, so I'm trying to be a little vague.

One obvious question for Ms. Kittle is how difficult was it to write this book, to live with that subject matter during the writing process. It was difficult reading at some points, and I can only imagine that in researching this book she encountered many disturbing things.

Also, was there a particular event that prompted her writing of this book? I see she works with children as a teacher.

Which raises another question - as a teacher, how does she find time to write such a beautiful, page-turner novel? How long did it take her to write the book?

Is she working on another book?

What kind of response has she received to the book? Has she gotten any people who feel like this book shouldn't have been written or that the subject matter shouldn't be talked about? Has she seen any signs that it's raised awareness of the subject or that people are more willing to talk about it?

Jordan's chapters were very effective - without being inside his head, it would have been difficult to interpret his feelings and motivations - how did she write these chapters so effectively?

I think that's it for now, but I may add more during the day.

Thanks again for the opportunity to read such a wonderful book and to participate in an exchange with Ms. Kittle!

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