What was your opinion on the relationship between Lily and James? Is it romantic? Or is it inappropriate and forced?

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I liked their relationship. And I understand that his father made him be rude to Lily. But that still rubs me the wrong way and makes me question if he will return to those ways.
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I wouldn't assume it was forced because they had fallen in love with each other since they were young , but James sincerity to truly love lily is what i felt uncertain.
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The relationship between Lily and James was the foundation this novel was built on, and I liked how the author executed it was realism and gentleness. As with the relationship of James and Lily, as much as I believe that love conquers all and it doesn't know any boundaries, theirs gave me cringes because the power dynamics were crooked from the get go.
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AfraBrb wrote: 01 Jan 2022, 15:37 Well it seems that everyone is convinced that James can betray lily but what don't we see all sides of the story. James could be sincere but society is the one that forces him to betray her. We have to give him the benefit of the doubt and hope for the best
I agree, it’s not fair to assume James’s motives until we see his point of view. Yes, we can’t forget about how last time he betrayed her when they were young teenagers, but we also can’t forget that he had a REALLY good reason for it. With the way Jesse wormed his way into the ending of the story, we don’t know what kind of pressure or even blackmail that James was under when he betrayed Lily for the second time.
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Something about the relationship feels empty. Since they cared for each other since childhood, it doesn't seem forced, but I agree with others that the romantic aspect was not fully recognized.
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Personally, although I do believe in the realism the way they are attracted to each other naturally and innocently as children, I do find my white self cringing and feeling uncomfortable with the thought of that much of a power difference. I do, however, allow the suspension of belief for this book, and I think if we accept this as strictly fantasy (and a steamy one)and not a historical fiction (implying that this might have been a common relationship) then the book can be a little more enjoyable.
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James' feelings for Lily might be sincere but how strong is his love that he can go against his father and society? I have only read the first book so I don't know what will happen next.
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Josie Wert wrote: 12 Jan 2022, 11:40
AfraBrb wrote: 01 Jan 2022, 15:37 Well it seems that everyone is convinced that James can betray lily but what don't we see all sides of the story. James could be sincere but society is the one that forces him to betray her. We have to give him the benefit of the doubt and hope for the best
I agree, it’s not fair to assume James’s motives until we see his point of view. Yes, we can’t forget about how last time he betrayed her when they were young teenagers, but we also can’t forget that he had a REALLY good reason for it. With the way Jesse wormed his way into the ending of the story, we don’t know what kind of pressure or even blackmail that James was under when he betrayed Lily for the second time.
Exactly. It appears that we have the same point of view ☺️
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Post by amakaokoye »

James and Lily's relationship was forced. I think this was because the obvious imbalance of power.
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I have my doubts about Jame's sincerity towards Lilly although they've shared a long-lasting relationship. Things might not end well here really, but I do not think the relationship was forced though.
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Post by Mbenma Esther 080 »

I don't think the relationship between James and Lily was forced. They became friends when they were little and were ignorant of what is happening around them.
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I don't think their love was forced, but something doesn't seem right. But I feel James might betray lily if things get rough
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Post by Esther Nekesa »

I think their relationship was genuine. But James intentions have severally been questionable. The relationship is strained due to societal norms and not ingenuity of their feelings. We are left wondering whether their love is enough to conquer it all.
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Post by Janelydia Mwangi »

James and lily's relationship at childhood is more of fantasy because they live in the world of make believe and their judgement of their surrounding cannot be given a mature verdict. A reason they grow and have divergent views as they face the real world and the reality...
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Post by Tung Le 1 »

I think the relationship between James and Lily is romantic and wonderful. However, the author's description is not clear. Sometimes I felt James's attitude was difficult to understand.
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