For the next few weeks I’ll be reading and participating in the Cornerstone Read-Along hosted by Candace’s Book Blog, Buried in Books, Rainy Day Ramblings and The Flyleaf Review. You can join anytime, just click on the image at the top of this post or go to any of the host’s websites.
Here’s the low-down on Cornerstone…
From Goodreads: Nalena Maxwell has been branded ‘The Waste’ at her new school, due to her mom’s obsessive paper hoarding. Nalena desperately wants something to change in her life, but when she receives a sign (and it’s the wrong dang one) inviting her into a mysterious, ancient community, too much changes. What she knew of her family, what she thought of her life and what she believed about her future, is no longer applicable. Seventeen years worth of family skeletons come crashing into Nalena’s life and it is the boy…the one that smiles at her like he wants to hear everything she’ll ever say…that already knows her powerful secrets. But it is only Nalena that can choose between protecting the life that is already crumbling beneath her feet and the one that might sacrifice everything she could ever have.
SPOILER WARNING: If you’re going to read the book, don’t read my answers!
Week 1 Questions
September 5th- Candace’s Book Blog– Chapters 1-5, pages 1-44
1. Right away we learn a bit about the fact that Nalena has to buy massive amounts of paper for her mom and that her mother is a bit of a paper hoarder. What was your initial reaction to this? Do you think there might be more to her mother’s paper obsession? What do you think it is that she’s writing down, is she really just a crazy lady that has a compulsion to create characters and plot details?
Nope, she’s not crazy at all! Nali’s mom has a special role in the universe and that’s to record every human being that’s lived. Or died, I can’t decide. It reminds me of Rocket from the Charley Davidson series so that’s why I’m guessing death. My initial reaction was that I felt bad for the mom because it’s not like she can control it and you can tell she really feels bad about it affecting Nali’s life. I think it’s related to God because of that little “plot” point that Nali asked her to finish, about Grace saving the world. It reminded me immediately of one of my favorite Bible passages, Eph 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-“. No, I’m not a Bible thumper, or I try REALLY hard not to be. It’s just that I have a wee bit of faith and I’ve read some.
2. We meet Garrett. Okay, breathe for a moment… Now we meet him and we see him through Nali’s eyes and she’s very wary at first, despite his good looks (or because of it). But he seems so genuine, and he says he understands her mother’s paper hoarding. And then he saves her from the crazy person in the woods. And then makes her hand and arm feel better. What are your thoughts about Garrett so far?
Angel warrior? Too good to be true? I don’t fall for a pretty face too easily…
3. We meet Cora and Nali describes her as a bit of a fair-weather friend. Only showing up when it’s convenient and never really being a true friend. Have you ever had a fair-weather friend? How did it make you feel?
I don’t know if I’ve ever had any. I’m usually a loner so I’m pretty grateful if anyone chooses my company. But on the other side, because I’m a loner, I’m probably a fair-weather friend to a lot of other people. I try not to be but it just happens when you’re never out and about.
4. Nali is teased and called The Waste at school because of her mother’s paper hoarding. She’s constantly made fun of and put down. Do you think you would be brave enough to stand up for yourself? And if you were to see someone being teased would you jump in and stand up for them?
I couldn’t stand up for myself – I can barely hold my own right now without immediately thinking, “where’s hubby to back me up?” But if someone else is getting picked on, I’ll be there to fix it or defend. I’m a sucker for an underdog!! Aren’t we all?!?!
5. When Regina is picking on Nali in class she suddenly feels these rings go around her body and then seems to step outside of it. Later when she’s attacked she seems to have a sort of super speed that helps her dodge blows. Do you have any idea what might be going on? If you could have any ability what ability what you choose?
I’m not sure what’s going on except that she’s not becoming what her mom fears she’ll be, just like herself. But if I could have a power, I like the speed Nali showed in the forest. Super strength comes in second, though.