How did you feel about Sarah in the beginning?

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Post by Sincerely » 08 Nov 2017, 12:41

She just seemed like a rude teenager and i really didn't care much about her.

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Post by thisisfinal213 » 09 Nov 2017, 11:25

As far as I think any teenager who is suddenly send to the doorstep of a relative who, they had never met, especially while going to trip.....
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Post by Cotwani » 11 Nov 2017, 15:09

I did not like Sarah at first. She was the perfect spoilt brat.
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Post by Awesamo » 11 Nov 2017, 21:59

I felt that Sarah was a little rude in the beginning but as the story continued we observed a change in her behaviour. She opened herself to her family member, that gave her a sense of belonging. Overall she was a good girl.

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Post by Carol Cisne » 12 Nov 2017, 20:56

Christina Rose wrote:I found myself with mixed feelings when it came to Sarah in the beginning of the book. Parts of me felt bad for her and her situation. Other parts were annoyed with the way she reacted to Tom, William, and Myra. She was critical of everything from what they were eating to the lack of a television set.
How did you feel toward Sarah in the beginning? Did your feelings change throughout your reading?
How did you feel toward Sarah in the beginning?
I also had mixed feelings about Sarah in the beginning of the book. On one hand, I remember what it was like as a teenager trying to do the best you can in an adult's world. I tried to give her credit: She took it upon herself to travel across the country and visit family she never knew. That takes guts. I remember having to travel alone as a minor and that in of itself was nerve-wracking. I cannot imagine the anxiety she had planning to visit relatives who aren't expecting her or know of her existence. I think it's telling of how desperate she was to get out of an awful situation before we even knew anything about her.

On the other hand, as an adult now, I do find her to be bit of a punk. She tries to act tough, act out, and be critical in order to prove herself to adults and it just comes off as 'that broody teenager'. It serves as a reminder not to be too critical of kids. Even in the best of situations children and young adults face significant struggles before they became adults. Looking back on it, those struggles might not seem significant but it is all relevant and prepares them for adulthood.
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My feelings did change from what they were initially and my opinion of Sarah became better. I was able to confirm my assumptions that her home life was not ideal, in fact, worse than I expected. After knowing her history it did not surprise me the actions she took to ensure her safety in the abusive Fletcher household. I look forward to seeing how her story plays out in the next book. As she matures I think she will make a strong well rounded character.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 13 Nov 2017, 00:14

I was not sure that she would act so surprisingly but she did. In the last We see her heroic acts to save her family.
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Post by Moniquejm » 13 Nov 2017, 02:15

The character of Sarah in the beginning is not really exciting but as the book going, she is showing more exciting and interesting character in the story.
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Post by Barbiedole » 14 Nov 2017, 16:56

She was really annoying in the beginning. But as the book progressed, I got to understand her plight.
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Post by Dana G » 17 Nov 2017, 07:13

Sarah seemed like actually she was a crushed little brat. Who has no respect and regard to culture or family. But experience is the best teacher and moments are the best school so she has learned and grown in to a considerate woman.

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Post by shish_by_design » 24 Nov 2017, 13:29

I didn't like her nor her attitude but understood where she was coming from. In the end, I loved her :)
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Post by Afuglsan » 12 Dec 2017, 16:46

I thought Sarah was an absolute brat when she was first introduced. Yes, a part of it is her situation, but I think more of it is her personality.
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Post by Bancroft » 13 Dec 2017, 00:46

As we read in the books, the beginning is a mystery and then some story develops. Same ware my feelings
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Post by Momiji1987 » 13 Dec 2017, 18:30

Her reactions were realistic and fit with her level of maturity. She had suffered and been hurt so she lashed out.

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Post by CNWaweru » 26 Jan 2018, 02:34

I though Sarah had something deep down that she was expressing the wrong way. I felt that journey would bring her closer to her grandfather and she would eventually let it out.
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Post by onixpam » 31 Mar 2018, 23:23

In the beginning, Sara looks like as any teenager, stubborn, without good manners and full of critics for everyone and everything, but all of that changes through the reading, she becomes a strong teen, she is still stubborn, but she is able to do things that anyone could not even imagine. She became into "Strong Heart".

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