AX, July 5–8

Story Summary: Starting Over, page posted 11/2/12

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Starting Over — Page 22
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Veronica: A little bit of introspection.

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Comment ID #232193

Lucy, Mike was a jerk, but so were you. Lucy may be lonely right now, but she has this sort of tunnel vision. She only thinks that Mike is her friend. She pushes everyone away, but she needs to just open her eyes and see that others care about her. Paulo cares, Daisy cares, Tess cares, carter loves lucy, Sue cares, Abby cares, but she pushes all of them away.

If Lucy is going to be happy, she needs to open up to others, she needs more than Mike.

The Real Lee November 2, 2012, 12:08 AM EST.

Comment ID #232196

Lil bit of introspection goes a long way, eh Lucy?

I love this chapter from a psychological standpoint, even if some may call it boring. We’re actually seeing most character’s viewpoints and opinions for a change instead of the primary characters for that chapter. I mean, Lucy is complex as always, but seeing her interact with those other than Mike/Paulo is nice. We actually see a side of her personality that’s likable, and it’s great to not just see her talk to Rachel and Jess, but to see how all of them feel about the situation.

Yeah, it may not have action, but from a personification standpoint, this chapter has been brilliant.

Zorak November 2, 2012, 12:17 AM EST.

Comment ID #232200

I don’t know about you guys, but Lucy is like the only character that remained constant with her personality output. It’s how she functioned, and yet everyone was still friends with her. Why? Not because she was nice to people, that’s for sure. Mike so selfishly and desperately wanted her to change, change into something that wasn’t herself, even threatened her with the chance of losing her friends. It was extortion to get his own way. He believes it’s her fault for getting herself into this position, but in reality, relationships work both ways. Mike let himself let her become this way towards him. It’s frustrating to see people think that Lucy OR Mike is the only one at fault when it is most certainly both.

In my honest opinion, Lucy is just being Lucy. In her mind, she thought that was fine for, what, 15 years? Now suddenly, one of the closest people (ahem) to her is telling her that her personality is out of whack, that she needs to change in order for others to like her, to be with her. It hurts to be told that your entire personality is wrong.

Lena November 2, 2012, 12:32 AM EST.

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