Random Ways the Characters Became Friends

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Re: Random Ways the Characters Became Friends

Post by Laura Ungureanu » 13 Apr 2018, 00:45

My mother told me that as you grow up, it gets harder and harder to make new friends. You can't say an adult makes friends like a child. A child doesn't need any reason to befriend someone, while an adult will be careful who he befriends, knowing from his experience that a lot of people are bad or have hidden purposes. A quick friendship for an adult is something rare, and I guess the adults need to be very social and opened. I think the friendships in the book were a little rushed.

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Post by Sketches_by_Shell » 25 Apr 2018, 10:01

Kat Berg wrote:
02 Feb 2018, 16:57
I have found myself amazed at the way I have met people who became close, quick friends, and then astonished that it took us so long to meet when we realized how much overlap of friendships we had! That being said, I also have a certain of willingness to suspend my disbelief when it comes to reading a fictional book. It doesn’t bother me when the realms of reality are stretched just a little to serve the needs of the book.
I, too, am able to "suspend my disbelief," as you say, when reading fiction. I tend to dive right into the story and take everything that is given at face value. Only once and a while I will question something, if it is off the wall crazy. Then, I will rarely even look it up to verify. I might discuss it with someone to see what they think. If the writer wants us to see something their way, I see it their way.

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Post by Sketches_by_Shell » 25 Apr 2018, 10:04

It is interesting how many of us have made neighborhood friends through our children that last for a long time, or even a lifetime. I've made friends with the neighbor of my child's friend across the street before. We all had sat outside with the kids, and just talked quite a bit.

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Post by charmaineperit » 26 Apr 2018, 22:04

CatInTheHat wrote:
02 Feb 2018, 16:40
I too think that some of the friendships were "quick." However, I've had friendships where we connected during our first meeting. Actually, our closest friends are ones we met walking up the street when our kids were little. We stood in their front yard, watching the kids play together, for a couple of hours. That night, we got together for pizza. During that first year, we spent Thanksgiving together, the first of many holidays together. We no longer live near each other, but 25 years later, they are still our best friends. It really did start that quick.
I agree to this! A lot of friendships I have are quick friendships. This kind of friendship I have are usually with those people who I share same personality and interests with.

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Post by faceadventure » 11 May 2018, 16:36

In my experience the best friendships come from instances where the people involved clicked together after just a few exchanged sentences. But that doesn't mean that good friends don't come form awkward first encounters as well. :lol2:

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Post by JR Mercier » 01 Jun 2018, 04:47

Kat Berg wrote:
02 Feb 2018, 16:57
I have found myself amazed at the way I have met people who became close, quick friends, and then astonished that it took us so long to meet when we realized how much overlap of friendships we had! That being said, I also have a certain of willingness to suspend my disbelief when it comes to reading a fictional book. It doesn’t bother me when the realms of reality are stretched just a little to serve the needs of the book.
I agree. And I've also met some of my closest confidants in the strangest ways.

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Post by Bookmermaid » 04 Jun 2018, 20:08

bookowlie wrote:
02 Feb 2018, 12:05
The main characters in this story became friends from random meetings. With one exception, their first meetings had nothing to do with fly fishing. I didn't think it was realistic that so many of the characters would meet and become "instant" friends due to random meetings. Still, I guess people sometimes will meet someone this way and want to become friends with them for various reasons. Give an example of how two of the characters meet and why it might be realistic for them to instantly become friends, given their personalities, the circumstances, etc.
I felt the depiction of the meeting of Melody as a naked river swept victim needing to be rescued was quite contrived. The quick and predictable friendship that developed was also somewhat unrealistic given the circumstances of the first meeting.

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Post by ValBookReviews » 09 Jun 2018, 11:50

Yes, I do believe people sometimes will meet someone this way and that and want to become friends with them for various other reasons, such as in the case regarding Melody's unexpected, floating meeting between her and all the women and particularly Rose, which "surely proves to me, we just never know when God will realistically cast someone into our lives for good and not evil", in lieu of your questioning: their personalities, the circumstances, etc. Feel free to check out my full review here -> viewtopic.php?f=2&t=71123.
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Post by KRay93 » Yesterday, 17:13

The meeting of Rose and Sophie is credible enough, while the rest are somewhat forced, not to mention Melanie's case. She is the most distinctive character of the group, and after a completely coincidental and fortuitous encounter, she integrates seamlessly into it.

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