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(Note, Carrie Rubin's previous book The Seneca Scourge was book of the month in December 2012. :) )
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Favorite character?

Post by Scott » 01 Mar 2016, 09:12

[This is a discussion topic for the March 2016 book of the month Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin.]


Who was your favorite character? Why?


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Post by Gravy » 01 Mar 2016, 09:51

Of the main characters I'd have to sayJeremy.

Sue had some characteristics that I tend to dislike, and Connie did as well.
Darwin, well, that wasn't happening :lol:

However, if I can throw a wild card in, Dan would be my favorite.
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Post by chytach18- » 01 Mar 2016, 11:26

Jeremy, with no doubt. I could visualise him and I feel for him. From the first page of the book, I wanted to protect him. He's real. I took an instant dislike of his grandfather also from the first page and was struggling to change my mind throughout the book. I remember my late grandfather as the most lovely and caring man. Sue - I don't know. She meant good, but so often we meet people whose second name is "bull". Connie could be a lovely mother if she had some personality herself.
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Post by gali » 01 Mar 2016, 13:04

Jeremy for me as well! I felt for him and rooted for him all the way. I thought it was mean of the grandfather to call him "Eating Bull".
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Post by Kaitlyn12 » 01 Mar 2016, 13:55

Jeremy was my favorite. I was rooting for him throughout the whole book. He just seemed so miserable and when he decided he was going to do the whole weight loss thing, he was able to make the right choices. Now, he didn't make them all the time, but he eventually made his way back to eating healthy and exercising.
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Post by bekkilyn » 01 Mar 2016, 15:41

Jeremy by far, though I did feel very grateful for both Sue and Dan. The grandfather kind of reminded me of Hank Hill's father on that show King of the Hill.

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Post by TeaAndSpooks » 01 Mar 2016, 15:46

Sue, definitely. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I loved her.
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Post by TangledinText » 04 Mar 2016, 10:53

Jeremy was so easy to like.
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Post by KAV » 04 Mar 2016, 15:27

I liked Tito. I felt like he was a strong character who stuck up for what he believed in. He was a good friend to Jeremy, and though he wasn't perfect, he was kind of like a guardian angel for Jeremy. He defended him in school, took the blame for the facebook prank and encouraged Jeremy through the lawsuit and the weight loss after the lawsuit.
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Post by bookowlie » 04 Mar 2016, 18:24

I also liked Tito! He was more daring than Jeremy and basically extended the hand of friendship to Jeremy. Jeremy was too shy and self-conscious about his weight so he would not have reached out to Tito on his own. Also, due to his bullying grandfather being home 24/7, Jeremy would never have invited someone to hang out at his house. Tito was so nice to walk home with him and invite him over - this really helped Jeremy gain a little self-confidence by having a friend. Tito's encouragement and his defense of him at school made Jeremy feel like someone cared about him. Although his mom was nice to him, Jeremy's grandfather and his mom's ex-boyfriend made him feel ugly and worthless. Tito was a big catalyst to help Jeremy feel good about himself.
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Post by gali » 05 Mar 2016, 00:42

bookowlie wrote:I also liked Tito! He was more daring than Jeremy and basically extended the hand of friendship to Jeremy. Jeremy was too shy and self-conscious about his weight so he would not have reached out to Tito on his own. Also, due to his bullying grandfather being home 24/7, Jeremy would never have invited someone to hang out at his house. Tito was so nice to walk home with him and invite him over - this really helped Jeremy gain a little self-confidence by having a friend. Tito's encouragement and his defense of him at school made Jeremy feel like someone cared about him. Although his mom was nice to him, Jeremy's grandfather and his mom's ex-boyfriend made him feel ugly and worthless. Tito was a big catalyst to help Jeremy feel good about himself.
I liked him as well. Tito was cool too!
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Post by Gravy » 05 Mar 2016, 03:57

I have to agree, Tito was a great character.
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Post by bookowlie » 05 Mar 2016, 12:00

gali wrote:
bookowlie wrote:I also liked Tito! He was more daring than Jeremy and basically extended the hand of friendship to Jeremy. Jeremy was too shy and self-conscious about his weight so he would not have reached out to Tito on his own. Also, due to his bullying grandfather being home 24/7, Jeremy would never have invited someone to hang out at his house. Tito was so nice to walk home with him and invite him over - this really helped Jeremy gain a little self-confidence by having a friend. Tito's encouragement and his defense of him at school made Jeremy feel like someone cared about him. Although his mom was nice to him, Jeremy's grandfather and his mom's ex-boyfriend made him feel ugly and worthless. Tito was a big catalyst to help Jeremy feel good about himself.
I liked him as well. Tito was cool too!
Well, he was the opposite of cool, which made him cool in a way. :)

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Nerdy cool!
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Post by Gravy » 06 Mar 2016, 04:56

Nerdtastic 8)
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Post by MsMartha » 06 Mar 2016, 11:00

I have to agree--I like Jeremy and Tito! That being said, I'm only about a third of the way into the book, so I suppose it's possible I'll change my mind at some point.

One thing that impresses me is that none of the characters are "perfect" people. They all have issues of some kind, and they're doing what they can do, and doing it as well as they can. Kind of like real folks...
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