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Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Please post your comments about this book below. Happy Reading!


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Jae' Chapter 1: (view spoiler)
Why did he think it was ok say that to a child?


Jae' Chapter 7: "Your man or your pride. You can't have them both." O_o Wow


Jae' Chapter 7: "Save me James, I dare you." (lol) love it!


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Jae' It is sad that Dana had to carry the burden of being a love/outside child.


Beverly | 223 comments Jae' -

I see you are "enjoying" this book. Yes, there are many discussion points. :)


Beverly | 223 comments Jae' wrote: "Chapter 1: “You can't tell your teacher that my name is James Witherspoon. Atlanta ain't nothing but a country town, and everyone knows everybody.
Your other wife and your other girl is a secret?,..."


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Beverly | 223 comments Jae' wrote: "[spoilers removed]"

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Jae' (view spoiler)

Exactly!!!


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Jae' Beverly wrote: "Jae' wrote: "[spoilers removed]"

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Ha! Good point!


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Jae' Beverly wrote: "Jae' -

I see you are "enjoying" this book. Yes, there are many discussion points. :)"


Yes, I am =-D


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments i'm not very far along but regarding Jae's question, i thought that was a very cruel thing that the father said to his child. i can certainly see some 'daddy issues' in her future.

the 2nd wife certainly does seem like a character. honestly she's getting under my skin quite a bit. she knowingly put herself (and an innocent child) into this situation and now she seems to be upset/vindictive about it. i've seen similar situations play out the same way in real life and i have little sympathy for adults who put themselves in situations like this.

interested to see what happens from here


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Jae' I agree with your pov Lindor...


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Jae' wrote: "Chapter 1: “You can't tell your teacher that my name is James Witherspoon. Atlanta ain't nothing but a country town, and everyone knows everybody.
Your other wife and your other girl is a secret?,..."


Yeah, he was wrong for that.


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Jae' All done, can't wait to discuss it further with you all!!!


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments how do you ladies do the "hide spoilers" trick?


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Beverly | 223 comments Click on the (some html is ok) above the comment box


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments thanks beverly. jae you are pointing out all of the classic lines from the story. i highlighted that "have your man or have your pride" statement also. i think that many women make that sacrifice even today (although i think the word pride could be replaced with "dignity". you can be accused of having too much pride. dignity not so much)


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Jae' Lindor wrote: "thanks beverly. jae you are pointing out all of the classic lines from the story. i highlighted that "have your man or have your pride" statement also. i think that many women make that sacrific..."

lol.. Yes, I try not to get carried away with that. How are you enjoying the book?


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Beverly wrote: "Jae' wrote: "Chapter 1: “You can't tell your teacher that my name is James Witherspoon. Atlanta ain't nothing but a country town, and everyone knows everybody.
Your other wife and your other girl ..."


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Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Jae' wrote: "Chapter 7: "Save me James, I dare you." (lol) love it!"

This scene was funny. She had him.


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments i'm annoyed at all of the adults in the story so far. james, raleigh, dana's mom, dana's grandfather???!!!


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments I am done now. How is everyone else coming along?

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Jae' Lindor wrote: "I am done now. How is everyone else coming along?

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Lindor, I definitely feel you on the eye rolling... I had so many emotions and thoughts while reading the book... And the worst paret of all is that I know selfish people like that in real life(not the biggimist part). It's amazing how people put themselves in situations and then become mad at the world or try to play the victim role when it's not going their way...Ugh!


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Lindor wrote: "I am done now. How is everyone else coming along?

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I am about 80% done.


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
What do you think of the author's writing style?


Beverly | 223 comments Lindor wrote: "i'm annoyed at all of the adults in the story so far. james, raleigh, dana's mom, dana's grandfather???!!!"

Yes, I too was annoyed at the adults in this story.


Beverly | 223 comments Denise wrote: "What do you think of the author's writing style?"

When the book was released the author was on several shows promoting the book. The call-ins, and a lot of responses were from people thanking her for writing this book as they "hidden" children and was glad to see that they were not alone and/or were given a voice in literature.

I think writing the story from the pov of children worked very well as it helped to show a child's reaction/affect to adult decisions.

I also liked that we heard Dana's voice first and then the other daughter's. I think this worked better than if we had alternating chapters from the beginning.


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Beverly wrote: "Denise wrote: "What do you think of the author's writing style?"

When the book was released the author was on several shows promoting the book. The call-ins, and a lot of responses were from peopl..."


I also liked the way that she told the story from each of the daughters' point of view. It made it very easy to fill in the gaps and answer a lot of questions.


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Do you feel that Silver Sparrow was a good title for this book?


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Lindor wrote: "I am done now. How is everyone else coming along?

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I really didn't like the way that things ended either. Do you think that the time period that the parents grew up in played a role in the outcome of this book?


Beverly | 223 comments Denise wrote: "Lindor wrote: "I am done now. How is everyone else coming along?

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I really didn't like the way that things ended either. Do you think that the time period that the parents gr..."


Yes, I believe the time period played a role in the book. But I also think that what we see/observe when young influence how we behave when older (adults).


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Beverly wrote: "Denise wrote: "Lindor wrote: "I am done now. How is everyone else coming along?

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I really didn't like the way that things ended either. Do you think that the time period that..."


I agree. I think that what these girls went through will definitely have an impact on them as adults.


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments i feel like nearly everyone did wrong by their kids in this book. gwen used dana as a "seconndary spouse" in my eyes. gwen's dad was just totally wrong marrying a woman younger than his daughter yet not being able to forgive his daughter even years later. raleigh's mom abandoning him. laverne had some questionable moments with chaurisse as well

the only people who didn't fit that characterization was Ms. Bunny and Dana when she eventually had a child.

The scene that Dana recalled from the garage with James was just pathetic. James had 4 women who wanted nothing than to be loved by him and in the end he couldn't do right by not one of them.

I think this is the first book that this group has read where our rating are all over the map.


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments I also thought it was really sad that dana and chaurisse weren't able to form a bond in the end. It was pretty telling when Dana said "you only lie to people you love." ouch...on many different levels


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Lindor wrote: "I also thought it was really sad that dana and chaurisse weren't able to form a bond in the end. It was pretty telling when Dana said "you only lie to people you love." ouch...on many different l..."

Yeah, that remark was so cold. I was really hoping that that was the reason why Chaurisse stopped by to see Dana in the end but boy was I wrong.


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Lindor wrote: "i feel like nearly everyone did wrong by their kids in this book. gwen used dana as a "seconndary spouse" in my eyes. gwen's dad was just totally wrong marrying a woman younger than his daughter ..."

The kids in this book seemed to be nothing more that pawns. Dana seemed to be the only one who was trying to break the mold. She seemed to want things to change.


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
After reading the book, did you have any questions that were left unanswered?


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Which character did you disliked the most? Which character did you like the most?


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments i liked dana...she was probably the only person that i liked. i felt sorry for laverne and chaurisse. i pretty much disliked everyone else.

the only question that i had was what ms. bunny said to james during their final chat. when james wondered if dana told ms. bunny that he was going to pay for her college fees, it made me wonder if ms. bunny said something harsh to him


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Lindor wrote: "i liked dana...she was probably the only person that i liked. i felt sorry for laverne and chaurisse. i pretty much disliked everyone else.

the only question that i had was what ms. bunny said ..."


I would have liked to know how things turned out for Dana and her daughter.


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments what made you give it a 2 rating? was it just the ending or other things as well?

i felt for the characters, but i think i had higher expectations based on the rave reviews i'd seen.


Beverly | 223 comments Lindor wrote: "I also thought it was really sad that dana and chaurisse weren't able to form a bond in the end. It was pretty telling when Dana said "you only lie to people you love." ouch...on many different l..."

I did not necessarily think it was sad that Dana and Chaurisse did not form a bond. They were really two different people/personalities. Maybe later in life when they were both older and add more life experience. But right now they would both be reminded of painful periods in their life and each needed to get past that hurt.


Beverly | 223 comments Lindor wrote: "i feel like nearly everyone did wrong by their kids in this book. gwen used dana as a "seconndary spouse" in my eyes. gwen's dad was just totally wrong marrying a woman younger than his daughter ..."

Yes, the ratings are all over. But I do think this is a good book discussion book. I think there are some books that make for good discussions - and that does not necessarily mean that you have to "like" the book or even give the book a good rate.

And I also believe that because a book is an enjoyable read that it makes for a good book discussion book.

This was not a fav read for me because I am not a big fan of "coming-of-age-stories. But I thought it was well-written, well-paced, good character development, and in many ways portrayed a situation that is real too many people. I also thought the value of this book is showing the effect on the situation on the children who had no play in the discussion. Usually in a story of this type it focuses on the adults.

I have also said that being a parent is one of the most difficult jobs as you have understand that as an adult your actions effect someone else.

I recently adopted a kitten and I had more paperwork to fill out to show and signoff on that I would be responsible and am financially able to take care of the kitten. No certainly asked me those questions or qualified me when I was pregnant. :)


Natasha | 21 comments So I just finished the book yesterday. I felt like the book had tons of potential but I don't feel like we got to really understand any of the characters. Why was Raleigh so ready to take a back seat to James in everything and keep his secrets? I love both of my brothers but I don't think I'd basically forego having a life so they could just do what they want. I know we didn't get that because Dana and Chaurisse wouldn't know but that was one of the main things for me especially after he (view spoiler). Also, (view spoiler) completely rubbed me the wrong way. How can you blame someone...the only person really that had no clue what was going on?


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments i thought the fact that raleigh asked gwen to mary him was very weird also. he and james grew up like brothers. no bonds were really sacred in this book.

the speech that laverne gave to chaurisse regarding george burns and "acting like a wife" was unfortunate also. it kind of reminds me of that beyonce song ("ring the alarm"?) where the wife thinks more about how the mistress will benefit if she lets her husband go instead of thinking of how much she will suffer by keeping him. i totally understand that laverne's character would probably be in her 50's or 60's now but that logic hasn't completely disappeared.

to each their own though


Denise | 1410 comments Mod
Lindor wrote: "what made you give it a 2 rating? was it just the ending or other things as well?

i felt for the characters, but i think i had higher expectations based on the rave reviews i'd seen."


I did not like how the book ended but I also thought that it was a bit slow moving. I guess I was also expecting more.


Beverly | 223 comments Lindor wrote: "what made you give it a 2 rating? was it just the ending or other things as well?

i felt for the characters, but i think i had higher expectations based on the rave reviews i'd seen."


I have a question for the group regarding rating - how do you use rating in deciding if going to read a book? Do you have a higher expectation of a book that gets rave reviews - not sure if I would consider this book getting rave reviews as the GoodReads average for the book = 3.74?

I am very cautious in using ratings/reviews in helping me decide to read a book. Mainly because every book is not for everybody but every book is for someone.
I have a couple of friends who have similar reading tastes as I do and will take their recommendations/ratings into my decision in reading a book.
I also have friends where we do not have similar reading tastes so we usually do not read the same books and just because one of raves about the book or dislikes a book I know that I will probably not have the same reaction to a book. And the times we have read the same book we usually have good discussions on what we liked/didn't like about the book.


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Lindor Joelle | 133 comments i actually learned of this book from the LFPC group on this site. seemed like most folks really enjoyed it and i normally view any rating above a 3.5 as decent.

it's ironic because this is the 2nd book that we've read with this group where most of us didn't really care for a book that has received overall decent ratings from goodreads (dark place was the other)


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Beverly | 223 comments I also belong to the LFPC and there are certainly times where the opinion/ratings were all over the board and there are times when the group is in general agreement. So I think that is to be expected in a book discussion group.

The ratings in this group = 1 "4", 1 "3" and 3 "2"

Authors have fan bases - some more than others. And fans tend to enjoy the writing style and storylines, etc. so they read and review the books of their fav.

And sometimes it is a catch-22 where a buzz is created around an author and creates more buzz and when you read the book - you think what is this all about. That just happens. One book that got great reviews and stayed on the bestseller list forever - that I did not like was The Help.

Reading is pleasurable activity and a "2" rating tells me it was not a fun activity. Is this just an anomaly? Do we perhaps need to better understand the group likes to read or better yet what the group does not want to read? Why I say that I read just about anything I do know what I do not like to read. :)


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