Discussion #2 & Final Wrap-Up: Belong to Me

Ready for discussion #2 of book #34, Belong to Me? We hope so! Let’s hear what you have to say about these questions:

  • Who has changed the most by the end of the novel? Why & how?
  • Near the end of the novel, Lake says that everything she’s done has been for Dev. Is this acceptable? Is it okay to lie to protect the people you love?
  • How would you describe Cornelia’s childbirth experience? How does it lead her to make a decision that would change the lives of the people in her life?
  • What does “family” mean, and how is this explored in the novel? Is is possible for one person to belong to another?
  • Rating time: What do you give Belong to Me on a scale from 1-10 (1=blech, 10=superb)?

Wait!!! Don’t forget to nominate a book for our next selection, lest our readers be forced to make a choice without your input. Now that wouldn’t be very fun for you, would it?

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7 Responses to Discussion #2 & Final Wrap-Up: Belong to Me

  1. Who has changed the most by the end of the novel? Why & how?
    To me, it’s a toss-up between Piper and Cornelia – Piper because she finally opened her eyes to all that she had been neglecting and actually came down from her high horse attitude; Cornelia because she opened her heart to so many who became part of her expanded life with Teo.

    Near the end of the novel, Lake says that everything she’s done has been for Dev. Is this acceptable? Is it okay to lie to protect the people you love?
    No and no. Lake says that everything she had done was for Dev without ever asking how he felt about the circumstances in which he was forced to live. Protections should never take place under false pretenses, as the truth will inevitably come to light.

    How would you describe Cornelia’s childbirth experience? How does it lead her to make a decision that would change the lives of the people in her life?
    I’d call Cornelia’s childbirth experience a ‘rude awakening’. Her preconceived notion about how the actual birth would take place turned completely upside down when reality hit home, leaving her shocked and disillusioned. While before the birth Cornelia was unsure about allowing Dev into her close-knit family circle, she changed her stance and welcomed Dev, Lake, and everyone involved with wide open arms. It was as if she experienced an awakening to the blessings of having family connections.

    What does “family” mean, and how is this explored in the novel? Is is possible for one person to belong to another?
    “Family” includes all individuals who make life complete, or whole. The book explores how having a direct blood link may or may not play a part in becoming an integral part of a family unit. Yes, I think it is possible for one person to belong to another, but not necessarily exclusively. Dev’s idea about not feeling apart from Clare as he did with other people while “away” hit the nail on the head in describing the belonging to someone concept.

    Rating time: What do you give Belong to Me on a scale from 1-10 (1=blech, 10=superb)?
    This is an excellent, complex, ‘everyone wins’ book that held my interest until the very last page. Marisa de los Santos has a way of writing that drew me in and kept me there! Not an easy feat, so I’m giving this book a perfect 10.

  2. Here’s my recommendation for book #25: The Help
    Any others out there?

  3. maksbestfriend says:

    * Who has changed the most by the end of the novel? Why & how?

    I have to give this one to Cornelia. I think that she has had to come to terms with the fact that her fairy tale romance with Teo had a real chink in its armor and she stepped up and handled it in a way that showed her true colors and grace. I think that there is a road that she is going to have to walk that cannot be easy, but she is doing it openly and honestly.

    * Near the end of the novel, Lake says that everything she’s done has been for Dev. Is this acceptable? Is it okay to lie to protect the people you love?

    No and heck no. I think that she had no right hiding the truth from either Dev or Teo. I think that both deserved to hear the truth from the beginning so that both have had a relationship, one with another. And her machinations about what she was or might have been expecting from Teo was creepy. Now there is a lot of ground to cover and fences to mend.

    * How would you describe Cornelia’s childbirth experience? How does it lead her to make a decision that would change the lives of the people in her life?

    I think that the first part of her experience was not unlike a lot of other births, but then when she had the medical emergency and had to have surgery, I think that she realized just how fragile life, and the human relationships she was partaking in can be. Everything is being held by a very fined thread. You either nurture the relationships, or they wither and die. I think that is something that she doesn’t want to happen.

    * What does “family” mean, and how is this explored in the novel? Is is possible for one person to belong to another?

    Family, is explored in this book, in both the physical family that Cornelia and Teo share, and the family they choose to make. IE: bringing in Clare, and welcoming the friendship with Piper, and Elizabeth when she was alive. I think that your biological family is important, yes, but you also make family of friends of the heart. Those people who share the same morals and values and traditions as you. People with things you have in common. Make sense?

    * Rating time: What do you give Belong to Me on a scale from 1-10 (1=blech, 10=superb)?

    This was one of the very best books I have read in a very long time. I think that all the characters were very complex, well thought out and written. I can see a follow up novel where the characters age and see how much more the relationships change. I give this a big 10!!!

  4. maksbestfriend says:

    Funny, but I happen to have that book…how ever in the world does that happen? Tell me, have you read any of it yet? 😉

  5. I’ve read a few pages – the ‘voice’ is so real for the time period. Another one I just found is ‘Summer Blowout’ by Claire Cook, author of ‘Life’s a Beach’. Rememer that one?

  6. maksbestfriend says:

    I don’t have Summer Blowout, but it is on Audible.com. I will get it with my May 1 choice! 🙂

  7. Do get it – I’m into ch 2 and can see that it’s going to be a quick & fun read/listen. Meanwhile, I’ll stop and wait for you!

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