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This topic will be open for discussion of The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen at a yet to be determined date in July.

Goodreads Synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

It’s the dubious distinction of thirty-year-old Willa Jackson to hail from a fine old Southern family of means that met with financial ruin generations ago. The Blue Ridge Madam—built by Willa’s great-great-grandfather during Walls of Water’s heyday, and once the town’s grandest home—has stood for years as a lonely monument to misfortune and scandal. And Willa herself has long strived to build a life beyond the brooding Jackson family shadow. No easy task in a town shaped by years of tradition and the well-marked boundaries of the haves and have-nots.

But Willa has lately learned that an old classmate—socialite do-gooder Paxton Osgood—of the very prominent Osgood family, has restored the Blue Ridge Madam to her former glory, with plans to open a top-flight inn. Maybe, at last, the troubled past can be laid to rest while something new and wonderful rises from its ashes. But what rises instead is a skeleton, found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree, and certain to drag up dire consequences along with it.

For the bones—those of charismatic traveling salesman Tucker Devlin, who worked his dark charms on Walls of Water seventy-five years ago—are not all that lay hidden out of sight and mind. Long-kept secrets surrounding the troubling remains have also come to light, seemingly heralded by a spate of sudden strange occurrences throughout the town.

Now, thrust together in an unlikely friendship, united by a full-blooded mystery, Willa and Paxton must confront the dangerous passions and tragic betrayals that once bound their families—and uncover truths of the long-dead that have transcended time and defied the grave to touch the hearts and souls of the living.

Resonant with insight into the deep and lasting power of friendship, love, and tradition, The Peach Keeper is a portrait of the unshakable bonds that—in good times and bad, from one generation to the next—endure forever.


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Reading schedule:
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Midu Hadi | 2744 comments So want to hear what everybody thinks about this book! Read it already :-)


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Sashana Did you like it, Midu?


Midu Hadi | 2744 comments I did. I think I remember crying at the end.


Mary C (marymaryalwayscontrary) | 4966 comments I read this a few months ago and loved it.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Here's the potential reading schedule:

Date Chapters Pages

July 12 1 - 3 1 - 53 Rachel
July 13 4 - 6 54 - 110 Lisarenee
July 14 7 - 10 111 - 175 Lisarenee
July 15 11 - 13 176 - 220 Laura
July 16 14 - 19 221 - 273



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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Anyone reading this one with me?


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Sashana Lisarenee wrote: "Anyone reading this one with me?"

I'm in! I only have the book for one more day but I'll try to check it out again.


Kim I have already read this one, but I will probably follow along with the discussion. This one was my favorite of Sarah Addison Allen's books.


Parvathy | 242 comments I have the book. I am in


Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments I am in too and just started the reading for today.


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Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments This was all I could come up with for questions. If anybody has one feel free to ask it in a separate post from your answers and in bold please!

Questions for Chapters 1-3

1.) What do you think possessed the club to start spouting out secrets at the meeting and why was Paxton able to fight it?

2.) Fancy man. Sebastian. Gay or not gay??

3.) Do you think Willa will end up going to the gala?

4.) What secret(s) do you think were buried that Agatha talks about? And could they be physically buried or do you think she was using it as a figure of speech?

5.) Georgie says "peach" twice. Could the tree at Blue Ridge Madam be a peach tree?



Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments Questions for Chapters 1-3

1.) What do you think possessed the club to start spouting out secrets at the meeting and why was Paxton able to fight it?
It sounds like it has to do with a bit of magic.

2.) Fancy man. Sebastian. Gay or not gay??
I think that he is. If he isn't it would surprise me. Usually when guys experiment like that in high school, they end up being gay. I could be completely wrong though.

3.) Do you think Willa will end up going to the gala?
I think she will. I think she is going to decide to go at the last minute and surprise everyone.

4.) What secret(s) do you think were buried that Agatha talks about? And could they be physically buried or do you think she was using it as a figure of speech?
I read the blurb on the book, so I know it is physical. I think with physical secrets though, there are always emotional secrets as well. I am interested to know the whole story.

5.) Georgie says "peach" twice. Could the tree at Blue Ridge Madam be a peach tree?
I am not sure what kind of tree it is, but it seems likely.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Questions for Chapters 1-3

1.) What do you think possessed the club to start spouting out secrets at the meeting and why was Paxton able to fight it?

I agree with Laura, it sounds like something magical was happening in the town. Not just because of the strange urge to spit out secrets, but also because of the whole disappearing reappearing invitations.

2.) Fancy man. Sebastian. Gay or not gay??

I'd speculate gay or a metrosexual.

3.) Do you think Willa will end up going to the gala?

I'm guessing the gala has something significant with what is going on so I think so.

4.) What secret(s) do you think were buried that Agatha talks about? And could they be physically buried or do you think she was using it as a figure of speech?

I'll go with what Laura said. It's something physical. I would think that is somewhat of a spoiler in the synopsis, but I guess we'll have to wait and see if it truly is.

5.) Georgie says "peach" twice. Could the tree at Blue Ridge Madam be a peach tree?

Does anyone have this in eBook format? I'd love to know if we could find out how many times overall peach is mentioned in the book and who the Peach keeper is. You may be right Rachel, I didn't even wonder about the tree.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments I'm starting to write today's questions:


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Questions for Chapters 4 - 6

6)"Is that a challenge?"
"No."
He walked to the door with a smile. "I'll be seeing you, Willa."
"Not if I see you first, Colin."
Oh, yes, that was definitely a challenge.
Do you think Colin and Willa will end up as a couple???

7) What do you think about Willa being the Walls of Water High School Joker and the story that goes with it?

8) "Unless there's something else you want to do up here," he said.
Well, I'm so confused abut Sebastion. That sounds like an innuendo doesn't it?

9)What do you think of the odd bird picture? "or maybe blood."?????

10) So we are somewhat introduced to Tucker Devlin. The man who potentially was buried under the tree.

11) What's your first impressions of Paxton and Willa?

12) Interesting chapter headings. The Fairytale. I think we need to pay attention to these more. What Paxton wants is clearly stated here. What did you think of Sebastion's reaction to Paxton's almost attacking him? It didn't sound exactly like he was saying no, but it didn't exactly sound like a yes????



Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments Questions for Chapters 4 - 6

6)"Is that a challenge?"
"No."
He walked to the door with a smile. "I'll be seeing you, Willa."
"Not if I see you first, Colin."
Oh, yes, that was definitely a challenge.
Do you think Colin and Willa will end up as a couple???
I loved this little banter! I sure hope so. I think they are a perfect match.

7) What do you think about Willa being the Walls of Water High School Joker and the story that goes with it?
It was a bit surprising. It didn't seem to fit with the image painted of her in the first chapter. It does make her character more likeable though. I am hoping we learn more about her father and grandmother.

8) "Unless there's something else you want to do up here," he said.
Well, I'm so confused abut Sebastion. That sounds like an innuendo doesn't it?
I was confused too. I am now leaning towards him just being metro sexual. It sounded a lot like an innuendo to me.

9)What do you think of the odd bird picture? "or maybe blood."?????
I thought it was a bit creepy and didn't really fit with my picture of the type of decor Sebastian would have in his house. It made me wonder what type of grandmother he had.

10) So we are somewhat introduced to Tucker Devlin. The man who potentially was buried under the tree.
I can't wait to hear more about this whole murder thing.

11) What's your first impressions of Paxton and Willa?
I am surprised that they didn't become friends sooner. It seems like they would make great friends. I like them both but I think Willa has the more interesting story.

12) Interesting chapter headings. The Fairytale. I think we need to pay attention to these more. What Paxton wants is clearly stated here. What did you think of Sebastion's reaction to Paxton's almost attacking him? It didn't sound exactly like he was saying no, but it didn't exactly sound like a yes????
I thought maybe he was just trying to make her feel better, but at the same time it seems like maybe he really does like her. Their relationship is so confusing! I am glad that she stopped because I think she would have regreted her actions if she didn't first know his feelings. I do need to pay more attention to the chapter headings. Good point, Lisarenee.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Laura said, "It made me wonder what type of grandmother he had."

LOL I wondered that too.


Parvathy | 242 comments Sorry I am a bit behind on the reading
Questions for Chapters 1-3

1.) What do you think possessed the club to start spouting out secrets at the meeting and why was Paxton able to fight it?
It may be a ghostly presence that affects only the weakest of minds.

2.) Fancy man. Sebastian. Gay or not gay??

I think he is gay. I am not so sure about Paxton either. Is Sebastian the one she is love with? it that is the case it would be too obvious.

3.) Do you think Willa will end up going to the gala?

Sure. I think it will be one of the pivotal parts in the story.

4.) What secret(s) do you think were buried that Agatha talks about? And could they be physically buried or do you think she was using it as a figure of speech?

Physically buried. At least that is what the synopsis says

5.) Georgie says "peach" twice. Could the tree at Blue Ridge Madam be a peach tree?

I think so. The synopsis does say skeleton found buried beneath the property’s lone peach tree


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Parvathy | 242 comments Questions for Chapters 4 - 6

6)"Is that a challenge?"
"No."
He walked to the door with a smile. "I'll be seeing you, Willa."
"Not if I see you first, Colin."
Oh, yes, that was definitely a challenge.
Do you think Colin and Willa will end up as a couple???
I want them to end up as a couple. They kind of seem perfect for each other

7) What do you think about Willa being the Walls of Water High School Joker and the story that goes with it?

I think she was trying to make an impression with all those pranks. She seems obsessed with her heritage may be she was trying to be a part of history, to show that she had it in her. Her father may have been trying to make her feel guilty by lying that he lost his job because of her.

8) "Unless there's something else you want to do up here," he said.
Well, I'm so confused abut Sebastion. That sounds like an innuendo doesn't it?

I does sound like an innuendo. I reread the lines a couple of times just to be sure. He is very confusing I am starting to think he is not gay.

9)What do you think of the odd bird picture? "or maybe blood."?????

He did say it belonged to his great aunt. May be she was friends with Paxton and Willa's grandmothers. Is it just me or does the old society have a Coven feel to it.
10) So we are somewhat introduced to Tucker Devlin. The man who potentially was buried under the tree.

He was handsome, confident and orphan wonder who killed him
11) What's your first impressions of Paxton and Willa?
Willa seems interesting but I am not much of a big fan of spineless characters so not much interested in Paxton
12) Interesting chapter headings. The Fairytale. I think we need to pay attention to these more. What Paxton wants is clearly stated here. What did you think of Sebastion's reaction to Paxton's almost attacking him? It didn't sound exactly like he was saying no, but it didn't exactly sound like a yes????

Paxton wants a fairy tale life with everything perfect. To an outsider her life looks like a fairytale but her very need for perfection is driving her crazy. Regarding Sebastian I had my doubts whether he is the guy Paxton is really interested in, I thought she only saw him as a friend. But now that I know he is the one she is interested in I think he is making her work for it. To show in some way that she is really interested in him


Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments @Parvathy

#7-Interesting thought. Willa didn't strike me as the type of person who needed attention, but I like the idea of her trying to be apart of history. I think that does suite her.

#9- Your right, it was his great-aunt! I kept thinking it was his grandmother for some reason.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Parthy said, " Is it just me or does the old society have a Coven feel to it."

I hadn't thought that before but now I am. Hmm....

She also said, " To an outsider her life looks like a fairytale but her very need for perfection is driving her crazy."

I've met people like that and I always wonder if its an act or they truly do lead a perfect life. I usually doubt it.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments I'll do today's questions shortly. Would anyone like to do one of the upcoming days?


Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments I will do tomorrows.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Thanks


Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments No Problem.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Questions for Chapters 7 - 10

13) So chapter 7 is named Relativity. And it was significant chapter name. I think it was the author's way of hinting that Tucker was related somehow to someone whom later in this section of reading we learn is Willa. Or do you think the author was trying to establish how things are connected?

14) Shocked by Agatha's confession?

15) Paxton seems to come to a realization about the Women's Society Club. She decides it's a superficial club that does as little as it can then brags and celebrates. Do you think she's going to stop being perfect? Do you think she might change? First the attack on Sebastion, then the drinking and now this. I wonder. Instead of being who everyone wants or thinks her to be could she perhaps gain a back bone and this is the turning point? Now that would be fun to see.

16) Chapter Eight is titled Party Girls. Seems appropriate since it sounded like there were a lot of parties.I like the glimpse of Georgie and Agatha in this chapter that the stories and photos paint. What did you make of Willa's vision of the party? Did she somehow experience it herself or just her imagination gone wild?

17) Root system? Are looking at it before reading I thought tree or family roots or something else? Than I saw this line, "It was too much, this feeling that she didn't know her own nature, her own root system , anymore." Have we been missing these subtle connections?

18) We learn a little bit more about Sebastion. He still confuses me, but I don't think he's gay.

19) Chapter Ten, The Magic Man, is aptly named because it's about Tucker. Do you think we now know the whole story?



Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments Questions for Chapters 7 - 10

13) So chapter 7 is named Relativity. And it was significant chapter name. I think it was the author's way of hinting that Tucker was related somehow to someone whom later in this section of reading we learn is Willa. Or do you think the author was trying to establish how things are connected?
I think it could have been a bit of both. It seems like most of the chapter names have double meanings.

14) Shocked by Agatha's confession?
I wasn't really shocked. I figured it was either Georgie or Agatha that killed him.

15) Paxton seems to come to a realization about the Women's Society Club. She decides it's a superficial club that does as little as it can then brags and celebrates. Do you think she's going to stop being perfect? Do you think she might change? First the attack on Sebastion, then the drinking and now this. I wonder. Instead of being who everyone wants or thinks her to be could she perhaps gain a back bone and this is the turning point? Now that would be fun to see.
I am hoping to see her change. I don't want he to continue to be walked all over. I also want her to see that the Club is not doing anything to help her and maybe it is time to move on from the Club. I think her transformation is definitely interesting and I got a chuckle from the drunken convenience store scene. I could just see them now in my head.

16) Chapter Eight is titled Party Girls. Seems appropriate since it sounded like there were a lot of parties.I like the glimpse of Georgie and Agatha in this chapter that the stories and photos paint. What did you make of Willa's vision of the party? Did she somehow experience it herself or just her imagination gone wild?
I think she was letting her imagination go wild, so much so that she was able to experience the feelings of it. I have done the same thing before. I am really loving this book, even though it is a story that has been told before, it is being done in a different way. The author definitely paints a picture.

17) Root system? Are looking at it before reading I thought tree or family roots or something else? Than I saw this line, "It was too much, this feeling that she didn't know her own nature, her own root system , anymore." Have we been missing these subtle connections?
I think its interesting. The author keeps using trees as metaphors for the character's emotions. Willa's father and his charisma was also compared to a peach. It is a unique way to connect the story together.

18) We learn a little bit more about Sebastion. He still confuses me, but I don't think he's gay.
I don't think he is gay either. I think his upbringing caused him to look for acceptance anywhere he could find it. He experimented and then realized who he was and I don't think it was gay.

19) Chapter Ten, The Magic Man, is aptly named because it's about Tucker. Do you think we now know the whole story?
I don't think we do. I think there is still more to find out.


Parvathy | 242 comments Questions for Chapters 7 - 10

13) So chapter 7 is named Relativity. And it was significant chapter name. I think it was the author's way of hinting that Tucker was related somehow to someone whom later in this section of reading we learn is Willa. Or do you think the author was trying to establish how things are connected?

I didn't give much thought to the chapter name at first. But now that you have mentioned I think it somehow deals with Tucker's relation to Willa. Or may be it just deals with the different effect Tucker had on people. Relativity by definition deals with a thing in with respect to another.
14) Shocked by Agatha's confession?
Not much. I pretty much thought either Agatha or Georgie did the killing.

15) Paxton seems to come to a realization about the Women's Society Club. She decides it's a superficial club that does as little as it can then brags and celebrates. Do you think she's going to stop being perfect? Do you think she might change? First the attack on Sebastion, then the drinking and now this. I wonder. Instead of being who everyone wants or thinks her to be could she perhaps gain a back bone and this is the turning point? Now that would be fun to see.

Yes it would be. She is changing already. May be this book is more about character development than mystery. Both Willa and Paxton need to change and accept who they are.
16) Chapter Eight is titled Party Girls. Seems appropriate since it sounded like there were a lot of parties.I like the glimpse of Georgie and Agatha in this chapter that the stories and photos paint. What did you make of Willa's vision of the party? Did she somehow experience it herself or just her imagination gone wild?

I would bet on her imagination going wild. She was so focussed on learning more about her grandmother that she might have imagined her the way she wanted her to be

17) Root system? Are looking at it before reading I thought tree or family roots or something else? Than I saw this line, "It was too much, this feeling that she didn't know her own nature, her own root system , anymore." Have we been missing these subtle connections?

Yes, if what Agatha says is true and Tucker is Willa's grandfather she may have inherited some of his mysterious powers she kept talking about. In which case Willa is completely ignorant about her heritage

18) We learn a little bit more about Sebastion. He still confuses me, but I don't think he's gay.

I am still not sure. I know he is rebelling but he seemed too confused with his feelings.
19) Chapter Ten, The Magic Man, is aptly named because it's about Tucker. Do you think we now know the whole story?

No, I don't think so. There is more to this story than what Agatha said. Did any one else notice the appearance of a black and yellow bird in particular situation. One was when they discovered the skeleton. The other when Paxton wakes up in Willa's couch. Willa also has her encounter with this bird. Is it significant in some way?


Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments @ Parvathy

I did notice that! I was wondering if it had any significance. You know it also mentioned that the bird in that creepy painting was also black and yellow. I wonder if the bird is Mr. Develin's ghost?


Parvathy | 242 comments I didn't notice that the bird in the painting was black and yellow. That changes things. Do you think Sebastian's great aunt was in on it?


Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments Laura's Questions Chapters 11-13

1.What did you think of the story about the painting? This bird keeps showing up everywhere. Do you think the bird is trying to keep Mr. Devlin away from everyone's mind, or do you think the bird is evil and is trying to keep him alive?

2. It seems like everyone in town back in the 30's had something to do with Devlin. Do you think he really could perform magic, or do you think it was just his personality?

3. What did you think of the love potion idea? Were you surprised that Paxton admitted to Sebastian what she thought about doing? What do you think about him not responding to what she saw him doing in High School?

4. Being a coffee person myself, I found Rachel's thoughts on coffee and love to be interesting. Do you agree with her? Do you think coffee is like love, even if you don't drink it?

5. Chapter Thirteen has a very interesting title: The Joker, the Stick Man, the Princess, and the Freak. Do you think they all learned something about themselves or each other in this chapter? What did you think of the sudden need to leave? Are they all avoiding the truth's about themselves?

6. I am still confused about Sebastian's sexual orientation. Am I the only one? Anyone change their minds after these last three chapters?



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Parvathy | 242 comments 1.What did you think of the story about the painting? This bird keeps showing up everywhere. Do you think the bird is trying to keep Mr. Devlin away from everyone's mind, or do you think the bird is evil and is trying to keep him alive?

I think the bird is Mr. Devlin or Sebastian's great aunt I think I am obsessed with her. It seems a bit strange that after all these strange experiences people allowed Mr. Devlin to stay. What year was the witch trials anyway? I seem to be lost in the timeline.

2. It seems like everyone in town back in the 30's had something to do with Devlin. Do you think he really could perform magic, or do you think it was just his personality?
People believe what they want to believe. May be they did't want to believe that they were taken in by a con man so he was turned into a magician. Who knows? But there are a number of things happening in the present which seem to support the theory that he could perform magic.

3. What did you think of the love potion idea? Were you surprised that Paxton admitted to Sebastian what she thought about doing? What do you think about him not responding to what she saw him doing in High School?

When she admitted to Sebastian about the love portion idea I kept thinking its about time. Then the way Sebastian responded was a bit odd. I think that he has trouble letting go of the image that he has created for himself. I think he deliberately uses the words lovely and beautiful in a sentence to confuse people.

4. Being a coffee person myself, I found Rachel's thoughts on coffee and love to be interesting. Do you agree with her? Do you think coffee is like love, even if you don't drink it?

Gee.. can't comment on that. I am not much of a coffee drinker nor do I know much about love other than what I read in books

5. Chapter Thirteen has a very interesting title: The Joker, the Stick Man, the Princess, and the Freak. Do you think they all learned something about themselves or each other in this chapter? What did you think of the sudden need to leave? Are they all avoiding the truth's about themselves?

I think what they learned was no matter how hard they try they can't escape from being what they are and that upsets them somehow.

6. I am still confused about Sebastian's sexual orientation. Am I the only one? Anyone change their minds after these last three chapters?

Nope, I am as confused as ever regarding Sebastian. Guess I will have to wait till the end of this book to understand.


Laura (lglovett) | 1437 comments @Parvathy

#2- I like your theory about people not liking being taken in by con man so they think of him as being magical. It makes sense.

#3-I laughed out loud at your comment about Sebastian using lovely and beautiful in sentences. How funny!


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Laura's Questions Chapters 11-13

1.What did you think of the story about the painting? This bird keeps showing up everywhere. Do you think the bird is trying to keep Mr. Devlin away from everyone's mind, or do you think the bird is evil and is trying to keep him alive?

Hopefully we'll find out. Could be symbolism or something else. If we knew which type of bird and it was always the same we could look it up, but I think it isn't one in particular. I did find this, but I'm not sure it applies yet:

"Since ancient times, because of the Birds connection to the sky, they have been thought of as a supernatural link between the heavens and the earth.

Middle Eastern and Asian cultures often speak of birds as symbols of immortality. In East Indian myth, every bird in the world represents a departed soul, and in Christian art, birds often appear as saved souls" http://www.squidoo.com/divine-birds


2. It seems like everyone in town back in the 30's had something to do with Devlin. Do you think he really could perform magic, or do you think it was just his personality?

Everyone seems to believe he could. I don't know.

3. What did you think of the love potion idea? Were you surprised that Paxton admitted to Sebastian what she thought about doing? What do you think about him not responding to what she saw him doing in High School?

I'm soooooo confused.

4. Being a coffee person myself, I found Rachel's thoughts on coffee and love to be interesting. Do you agree with her? Do you think coffee is like love, even if you don't drink it?

I think it's a stretch, but I thought it was cute.

5. Chapter Thirteen has a very interesting title: The Joker, the Stick Man, the Princess, and the Freak. Do you think they all learned something about themselves or each other in this chapter? What did you think of the sudden need to leave? Are they all avoiding the truth's about themselves?

That's who they were but its not who they are now. Now, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, they need to find where they fit together. Their shapes have changed, edges have been smoothed while others have been roughened and what was once apart will now come together I think.

6. I am still confused about Sebastian's sexual orientation. Am I the only one? Anyone change their minds after these last three chapters?

I feel like I'm in the middle of a tennis match. He is , no he isn't, yes he is, no he isn't. Anyone got a flower handy???? Maybe that will solve things.


Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments I'm on the "Sebastian isn't gay" team. There's just no way. Even though he dresses well no completely gay man would let the opportunity arise to kiss a woman or be confused about said woman. I think he's like everyone else in this book. trying to let go of who everyone saw him to be, but finding it easier to keep up the mask instead of fashioning a new one.


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Okay about to start questions:


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Lisarenee | 7659 comments Chapters 14 - end

25) Did anyone wonder if the Caterer was going to have a connection to Tucker? I was disappointed.

26) Well we now know what the bird business was all about. Do you think it meant Tucker was around as a ghost or could Willa have inherited that trait?

27) Did Sebastion meet all the criteria on Paxton's list? What was your favorite item on her list?

28) Funny how Tucker in life almost ended friendships, but in death he put some in motion. Why do you think he disliked people being friends? Was he pure evil? Devlin = Devil?

29) So Tucker perhaps died from the fall from Georgie's window? Now we know why Agatha was saying she'd let Georgie down once but never again.

30) What did you think of Paxton quitting as head of the Club?

31) What did you think of Paxton buying the house?

32) Again appropriate chapter headings. Did you have a favorite?

33) What was your overall opinion of the book and what did or will you rate it?

34) What did you think of the ending?

35) Any favorite quotes?



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Rachel (treychel) | 1484 comments 25) Did anyone wonder if the Caterer was going to have a connection to Tucker? I was disappointed.

I didn't even think of that as a possibility, but since she supposedly created magic with her food it could have been a nice direction to take the story.

26) Well we now know what the bird business was all about. Do you think it meant Tucker was around as a ghost or could Willa have inherited that trait?

I think he was around as a ghost since Agatha was pretty much talking to him when the nurse brough her dinner and again when she said it felt like he was gone.

27) Did Sebastion meet all the criteria on Paxton's list? What was your favorite item on her list?

I certaintly think he did. My favorite was the "someone my mom doesn't like". Haha.

28) Funny how Tucker in life almost ended friendships, but in death he put some in motion. Why do you think he disliked people being friends? Was he pure evil? Devlin = Devil?

I think he wanted to have everyone to himself. He wanted to run the show.

29) So Tucker perhaps died from the fall from Georgie's window? Now we know why Agatha was saying she'd let Georgie down once but never again.

I think he was dead all along. Georgie hit him with the frying pan and when she ran to Agatha's house and Agatha went back with her he was dead so they threw him out the window. I can see where broken bones and such from being pitched out the window would make it look like he fell to the coroner and cops.

30) What did you think of Paxton quitting as head of the Club?

I wasn't especting it at all, but I was proud of her. I would've done the same.

31) What did you think of Paxton buying the house?

Again, I was really proud of her. Seemed when she started having a real friend she grew a backbone.

32) Again appropriate chapter headings. Did you have a favorite?

The Joker, the Stick Man, the Princess, and the Freak. It was pretty much the last chapter we saw them all that way. It's like they grew up.

33) What was your overall opinion of the book and what did or will you rate it?

It was ok. I wasn't completely bored but not completely estatic over it either. I felt some things just didn't fit like... the peaches, the birds, the weird blurting out of secrets. I understand how they all fit in with Devlin and such, but I found those things to be awkward together. I also didn't feel connected to any of the characters. I gave it a 2.

34) What did you think of the ending?

That was probably the best part of this book. I'm glad everyone seemed happy and on their way to becoming who they really were.


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Parvathy | 242 comments 25) Did anyone wonder if the Caterer was going to have a connection to Tucker? I was disappointed.
Sorry no, I thought she was just an extra to make Paxton realize what she really wants
26) Well we now know what the bird business was all about. Do you think it meant Tucker was around as a ghost or could Willa have inherited that trait?

Here I was disappointed. I thought the birds meant more than what they turned out to be. Also there is a lot left without explanation such as the painting and the particular coloring of the bird

27) Did Sebastion meet all the criteria on Paxton's list? What was your favorite item on her list?

I don't know. We don't get that much insight into Sebastian's character. May be Paxton doesn't care any more,even if he doesn't meet all the criteria. Since I love food, I am going to say my favorite item on the list "is being a good cook". I know limited imagination

28) Funny how Tucker in life almost ended friendships, but in death he put some in motion. Why do you think he disliked people being friends? Was he pure evil? Devlin = Devil?

There are stories like this where devil comes to a peaceful village with kind hearted people and appeals to there most darkest desires and there by bringing about their ruin. In such a sense I would have to agree he was pure evil

29) So Tucker perhaps died from the fall from Georgie's window? Now we know why Agatha was saying she'd let Georgie down once but never again.

May be when Tucker died people started coming into their senses making Agatha realize the injustice that was done to her best friend

30) What did you think of Paxton quitting as head of the Club?

I don't approve of the move. Instead of quitting Paxton could have reformed the group from the inside

31) What did you think of Paxton buying the house?

About time. It was evident that she was unhappy living with her parents and needed to take control of her life. Can't say I am surprised with her move


32) Again appropriate chapter headings. Did you have a favorite?

The Joker, the Stick Man, the Princess, and the Freak. I was pretty tired by the time I reached this Chapter and couldn't keep my eyes open but the chapter heading made me want to keep on reading at least till the end of that chapter. Also that is the only one I still remember

33) What was your overall opinion of the book and what did or will you rate it?

I think I will rate it 3 stars. The book wasn't bad it did hold my attention but it is not much of an extraordinary story and there were a great number of flaws and plot holes. I am still not satisfied with all the answers that I got

34) What did you think of the ending?
Can't complain much about the ending. After all every one got there happy ending and for that I am happy.
35) Any favorite quotes?

Not any I can think of


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25) Did anyone wonder if the Caterer was going to have a connection to Tucker? I was disappointed.
I for sure thought there was going to be some sort of connection, but of course, I was wrong. I was disappointed also.

26) Well we now know what the bird business was all about. Do you think it meant Tucker was around as a ghost or could Willa have inherited that trait?
I think Tucker was around as a ghost. I think the birds leaving out of the tree was a symbolism of him leaving for good as he realized that he had lost his hold there.

27) Did Sebastion meet all the criteria on Paxton's list? What was your favorite item on her list?
I think he did, otherwise I don't think she would have compromised. She doesn't seem like the type. I think being a good cook was my favorite also. I love cooking shows and I aspire to be a better cook someday.

28) Funny how Tucker in life almost ended friendships, but in death he put some in motion. Why do you think he disliked people being friends? Was he pure evil? Devlin = Devil?
I think he may have been jealous of friendships. We don't really know much about his background so there is no telling what his motives were. I think people's experiences help to shape them.

29) So Tucker perhaps died from the fall from Georgie's window? Now we know why Agatha was saying she'd let Georgie down once but never again.
I think he was already dying or dead. A good wack with a frying pan, especially if it was a cast iron would surely do someone in.

30) What did you think of Paxton quitting as head of the Club?
I thought it showed that she was toughening up and making some good decisions for once.

31) What did you think of Paxton buying the house?
Again, she is finally coming into her own. I am glad that she is done letting people stomp all over her and tell her what to do.

32) Again appropriate chapter headings. Did you have a favorite?I didn't really have a favorite.

33) What was your overall opinion of the book and what did or will you rate it?
I really enjoyed it. It wasn't exactly mind blowing or my favorite read but I liked it enough that I will check out her other books.

34) What did you think of the ending?
I thought it was all tied up into a neat little bow. I liked it.

35) Any favorite quotes?
I can't think of any.


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