Do you think Suzanne Dillon is relatable?

Discuss the January 2016 book of the month For the Love of Suzanne by Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill.
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Do you think Suzanne Dillon is relatable?

Post by Scott » 01 Jan 2016, 10:53

This is a discussion topic for the January 2016 book of the month For the Love of Suzanne by Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill.

Do you think the character Suzanne Dillon is relatable? Do you like the character or not?

I think she makes for a relatable character because of her low self-esteem. That is something to which a lot of people can relate, and would give her something to overcome.

What do you think?
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Post by gali » 01 Jan 2016, 11:02

I think she is very relatable, and I liked her! I liked the fact that she managed to overcome her trials despite her low self-esteem. At times I felt sorry for her, and then there were those times that I wanted to shake her.
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Post by bookowlie » 01 Jan 2016, 12:32

I think she was a relatable character. It was very realistic that her abusive husband made her feel worthless. Cody's gentlemanly treatment and attention made her feel valued and loved. I think this was very realistic that people with low self-esteem respond well to extra care and positive attention.
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Post by steampunk_girl » 03 Jan 2016, 16:55

I think she's very relatable! There are alot of people are abusive people out there, my friend was abused as a child and things didn't get better so he had to leave. Now he's happily married to an amazing woman and works with kids. It is realistic that Suzanne felt how she felt after being abused. When Cody came into the story the spotlight stayed on Suzanne but it was a different spotlight. Suzanne felt loved and was meaningful to Cody. When Suzanne felt loved and stuff her self esteem rose.
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Post by L_Therese » 05 Jan 2016, 19:18

I thought that Suzanne might have been the best character in the book. Her struggle with overcoming abuse, guilt, grief, and fear makes her quite relatable. One thing that I noticed is that she continues to struggle with ideas about being a burden on others and feeling welcome. It wasn't just a quick fix when she meets Cody. Suzanne's healing is a difficult process for her.

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Post by charysma_lilly » 10 Jan 2016, 11:17

I believe as well she is a relatable character. She lears to overcome her difficult past mostly on her own. And she learns to trust again with Cody. She learns to have faith in herself and the ones close to her

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Post by ALynnPowers » 13 Jan 2016, 23:15

I am pretty sure that Suzanne is ME. That's how relateable she is. HA!

Spell check doesn't like that word, relateable, by the way.

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Post by CzechTigg » 16 Jan 2016, 18:26

Even the most supremely confident people must have their moments of self-doubt. It can be such a tight-rope act to be both humble and exuding confidence when appropriate.

For readers I do think we need some insight into characters' worries, without getting annoyed by them being neurotic. I certainly enjoy books which give insight first hand into women's thoughts and emotions (and for that matter men).
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Post by DarkestbeforeDawn » 17 Jan 2016, 19:25

I think Suzanne Dillon is relatable. Maybe a little too relatable. She herself does overcome her obstacles as she travels through Maslow's Hierarchy, but the set up seems kind of convenient. Although this story is fiction and the character's trials are evident in the world, I can't help but feel like this might verge on wish fulfillment. It's not like wish fulfillment is a bad thing, it's just that if I had to analyze a character I wouldn't like him/her to be diagnosed as a wish fulfillment stock character.
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Post by CzechTigg » 17 Jan 2016, 19:59

Spell check is hardly a gift from the heavens for
Proofreading btw ALynn
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Post by bookowlie » 17 Jan 2016, 20:17

ALynnPowers wrote:I am pretty sure that Suzanne is ME. That's how relateable she is. HA!

Spell check doesn't like that word, relateable, by the way.
In this case, spell check is correct! The word is spelled relatable, although I suppose it might be that there is an alternate spelling overseas?
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Post by kio » 17 Jan 2016, 22:25

I personally didn't relate to her that much, but I think her character has a lot of universality. She was in a situation where I could see myself acting the way she did (abuse, time travel, and all). I can see how others could relate to her obstacles, but everything felt forced to me.
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Post by kimmyschemy06 » 19 Jan 2016, 06:46

I believe she is relatable. There are so many abused wives out there that her character seems common. What made her special for me, however, was her strength and kindness. I like her a lot.

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Post by TangledinText » 20 Jan 2016, 16:21

I believe she is relatable with her realist personality. She is grounded and learns from her mistakes as well as comparing her to me, we both try and stay under the radar.
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Post by hsimone » 21 Jan 2016, 15:31

Like most here, I believe Suzanne's character is relatable. Like others have said kindness, overcoming challenges , keeping under the radar, and low self-esteem all make her relatable.

One of the things that also makes Suzanne relatable is even though she was more or less depressed because after returning to her time period she lost Cody for a while, she was still being a good mother to younger Cody. She still took care of him, played with him, and just loved him. I believe this is true for many good mothers - you are there for kids no matter what life throws at you.
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