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Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock
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Nov 30, 2008

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bookshelves: fiction-21st-cent
Recommended to Joanna by: May
Recommended for: anyone interested in psychology
Read in November, 2008

May handed me this book in the parking lot, guaranteeing me I wouldn't be bored. This book was a quick read and well written. The psychological study of the main character was excellent, and the picture of the rural south intriguing. Though this book captures the best of human nature, it also captures A LOT of the worst of human nature. This book really disturbed me.

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message 1: by May (new) - rated it 4 stars

May I love the experience of sharing books. For instance, the book of Shelby "The Historian" really made me very uncomfortable for a short while (a paragraph, really), where I thought I may have to quit reading it. "Me and Emma" stayed with me, but did not disturb me: I felt compassion for the character, wanting to punch her step-dad out. This is so telling of where our fears lie, and helpful in recognizing them, and hopefully work on them. It's great that we help (unknowingly) each other to explore areas we would otherwise stay clear from.

Joanna In thinking about it, I was disturbed most by the mother character. She is the one I wanted to punch out, since she enabled the stepfather AND she was the biological parent. At the same time, I could understand the mother and her actions - or lack of actions. It's pretty scary to be able to hate and sympathize with a character at the same time!

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