How did you feel about Sarah in the beginning?

Discuss the October 2017 Book of the Month, Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon.

View Strong Heart on Bookshelves

View Strong Heart on Amazon
Post Reply
User avatar
Sincerely
Posts: 90
Joined: 08 Nov 2017, 08:58
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 17
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sincerely.html
Latest Review: Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! by Len Foley

Re: How did you feel about Sarah in the beginning?

Post by Sincerely » 08 Nov 2017, 12:41

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

thisisfinal213
Posts: 92
Joined: 04 Nov 2017, 05:26
2017 Reading Goal: 30
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 16
Currently Reading: Bluewater Walkabout
Bookshelf Size: 13
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-thisisfinal213.html
Latest Review: "Who Told You That You Were Naked?" by William Combs
Reading Device: B00GDQDRPK
Location: Pakistan

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.....

User avatar
Cotwani
Posts: 351
Joined: 01 Nov 2017, 16:12
2018 Reading Goal: 200
2017 Reading Goal: 200
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 4
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 4
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 129
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-cotwani.html
Latest Review: The Sword Swallower and a Chico Kid by Gary Robinson

Post by Cotwani » 11 Nov 2017, 15:09

I did not like Sarah at first. She was the perfect spoilt brat.

User avatar
Awesamo
Posts: 12
Joined: 11 Nov 2017, 21:18
Bookshelf Size: 16

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.

User avatar
Carol Cisne
Posts: 62
Joined: 02 Jul 2017, 16:05
Currently Reading: Natsume's Book of Friends, Vol. 12
Bookshelf Size: 1075
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-carol-cisne.html
Latest Review: "Strong Heart" by Charlie Sheldon
Location: VA

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.
Did your feelings change throughout your reading?
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.

User avatar
Sarah Tariq
Posts: 907
Joined: 17 Mar 2017, 02:17
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2017 Reading Goal: 15
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 60
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 46
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 51
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-sarah-tariq.html
Latest Review: Boom! A Revolting Situation by Thomas Richard Harry
Reading Device: PDF
Location: The Land of Pure

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.
Make your ideals high enough to inspire you and low enough to encourage you.

User avatar
Moniquejm
Posts: 270
Joined: 10 Mar 2017, 00:54
2017 Reading Goal: 20
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 120
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 2759">What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict</a>
Currently Reading: Small Change
Bookshelf Size: 156
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-moniquejm.html
Latest Review: "Farmer Beau's Farm" by Kathleen Geiger

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.

User avatar
Barbiedole
Posts: 154
Joined: 22 Sep 2017, 11:28
2018 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal: 15
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 0
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 6
Currently Reading: The One (The Only One) #1
Bookshelf Size: 33
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-barbiedole.html
Latest Review: "Yesterday" by Samyann

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.

Dana G
Posts: 10
Joined: 27 Jul 2017, 04:12
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 12
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dana-g.html
Latest Review: Twisted Threads by Kaylin McFarren

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.

User avatar
shish_by_design
Posts: 248
Joined: 07 Mar 2017, 02:44
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 0
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 38
Favorite Book: <a href="http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelve ... 66">Strong Heart</a>
Currently Reading: Chains
Bookshelf Size: 40
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-shish-by-design.html
Latest Review: "For Beau" by Simon Gandossi
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU
Location: wherever my imagination takes me.

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 :)

User avatar
Afuglsan
Posts: 346
Joined: 05 Jun 2017, 11:20
2018 Reading Goal: 101
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 0
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 59
Currently Reading: The Masked City
Bookshelf Size: 5470
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-afuglsan.html
Latest Review: "STARLESS and Bible Black" by Gerard DiLeo

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.

User avatar
Bancroft
Posts: 96
Joined: 28 Nov 2017, 04:05
2017 Reading Goal: 50
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 8
Bookshelf Size: 14
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bancroft.html
Latest Review: "Unshielded Past" by Patti Morelli

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

User avatar
Momiji1987
Posts: 449
Joined: 26 Jun 2015, 01:22
2018 Reading Goal: 12
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 116
Favorite Author: Jordan David
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 112
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-momiji1987.html
Latest Review: And Then I Met Margaret by Rob White
fav_author_id: 64963

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.

User avatar
CNWaweru
Posts: 75
Joined: 15 Oct 2017, 17:50
2018 Reading Goal: 60
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 11
Currently Reading: The Sound of Thunder
Bookshelf Size: 15
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-cnwaweru.html
Latest Review: Randy Love...at your service by Shay Carter
Location: Kenya.

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.
Reading is dreaming with your eyes open. :techie-studyinggray:

User avatar
onixpam
Posts: 279
Joined: 14 Feb 2018, 00:19
2018 Reading Goal: 24
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 29
Currently Reading: Burn Zones
Bookshelf Size: 108
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-onixpam.html
Latest Review: The Girl Who Knew da Vinci by Belle Ami
Location: North Carolina

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".

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "Strong Heart" by Charlie Sheldon”