Barbara Rhine
Barbara Rhine asked:

How many were genuinely surprised when, about 80 pages into the book, you discovered what it was really about?

Marcy I was confused until the revelation, and it just knocked me out! I've long heard that writers "shouldn't" trick readers this way, but I was totally glad I hadn't known beforehand, it was such a mind twist; in fact I had to stop reading for a few hours to digest the new information. Superbly done, IMO.
Sigrid Up to that point I thought the story was not sooo interesting, but from that page on I really got interested...
Say I saw the clues on the way but was glad I did no know before I started what the book was really about.
Julia I was surprised. I was wondering what had happened to Fern. I thought she was a much older sister. I liked the surprise.
Sheree | Keeping Up With The Penguins I was genuinely bowled over. My jaw literally dropped open. I didn't see it coming AT ALL, and I'm so sad for all the readers here that had it spoiled for them beforehand - it's a true testament to Fowler's skill how she revealed that twist.
Collaroy Absolutely. And I'm really glad I read this one as an ebook because the print editions' covers give such a heavy clue. It'd be so sad to miss out on this surprise IMO.
Wendy I was surprised. I keep looking at the picture of the sisters on the cover now with a different pair of eyes
Laura Bulawski Not having looked at the cover, I thought Fern might be a twin sister that met with a bad end.
Cathy Not really, I'd seen a chimp on the front cover, and once I opened the book and read the info on the fold of the cover, I was kinda thinking this book was about a family of chimps, who led human lives, spoke etc. So I was a bit confused until the truth was revealed.
Cory I was pretty surprised. I knew something was on because her grandmothers didn't want Fern to be named after them. There were clues but I decided to read on without trying to figure it out. It was really surprising!!!
Evan I thought it would have something to do with the female friend Harlow...
Judy Fowler I was...and then I started to think that the mother was too (so wrong)! Very thought-provoking.
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