04-08-2007 02:19 PM
~Those who do not read are no better off than those who can not.~ Chinese proverb
04-08-2007 11:36 PM
Miko and Ronnie came from two different backgrounds and religions but these kids definately have feelings for each other. Without going into what may or may not happen for them at the end of the book, what did you think about their feelings at this age and how Miko treated her? There is the incident where they are alone and Miko kisses her (actually two times where it could have gone beyond that). Since Miko was a little older teenager, do you think that the way he handled this and the way he said they needed to stop because he knew her beliefs as a Mormon, would have been different with any other girls for him at this point? Had he already had sex with girls? Do you think that when kids are taught abstinance, not just for abstinance sake, but with a larger purpose in mind and live the rest of their lives too with their faith , in the face of peer pressure, that it can make a difference not only in their lives but in the lives of others? I think Miko had a great respect for Ronnie and wanted to protect her, even from him in this sense. I think it also was showing that he did think about her way of life too and what was it that made it important enough to even him as a teenager to not try to pressure her to more. Is religious beliefs always enough for kids to keep their chastity or stay out of other kinds of trouble or what else helps them through these times? I really felt that teenage stuff again too when listening to the girls talk about boys lol, or thinking about "the first kiss". I loved that line..."He's only 12. He thinks putting toothpaste in his hair is a good joke". LOL Jackie you said you have teenagers right now, are you sitting on your porch at night listening to some of their convos? Man you got some of this young teenage stuff just right. I loved being taken back in time with them.
Yes, Vivco, I did love Jacqueline's telling of this teenage love thing. It was so real like. And it did seem Miko was a good kid and a very good friend for her.
04-10-2007 12:40 AM - edited 04-10-2007 12:40 AM
I think having something or someone to depend on can help you through those tough times. Ronnie had her strong faith and community. Even though she didn't have much help from her parents for some important years, she had beliefs that they had helped instill in her. I didn't have much religion in my upbringing but I had the strong support of my parents, especially my amazing mother. Everyone needs a rock, a support system to keep them grounded and help them through the tough times.
Miko was an amazing young man (with raging hormones I'm sure!) who could have taken advantage of an already vulnerable girl. He may not have been Mormon but he had a home in her community so I think he understood her and her values. He also had a loving family. Ronnie makes the comment that she had probably loved Miko since she was 10 and probably always would. She said that was sad but at least she felt something. Maybe Miko realizes that as well.
Message Edited by Wrighty on 04-10-200712:42 AM