Monday, September 6, 2010

Book Club: The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes (Chapters 36 - 50)

This week for the Book Beginnings and Bookends book club, we were assigned chapters 36 – 50. We have only 1 week left, and I can’t wait to finish this book. All kinds of things are starting to happen, and it was hard to put the book down and wait for another week. Some of the highlights from these chapters are:

Cory went away to college, and she actually ended up going to the college back in NC where CeeCee/Eve met Tim, which I think is pretty ironic. At first Eve is freaked out that Cory is going away, but at the same time they have found that the Governor has recently taken the position as the President of the University that Eve and her husband Jack work at in VA, which is even more ironic. Eve feels that although she doesn’t want Cory to go away to college, it is safest for her to be in NC.

While away at college, Cory meets a guy named Ken, and begins spending less time with her family. We find out that Ken starts brainwashing Cory into thinking her mother is bad for her and is too controlling. Of course Cory believes him and her relationship with her mother begins to fall apart.

During this time, Genevieve’s body is found in the woods by the cabin. They start an investigation, and eventually charge Tim with kidnapping and the murder of not only Genevieve, but also her unborn baby, although they cannot find any evidence of the fetus, so as of right now they aren’t even sure if the baby is dead or alive, but they are assuming it is dead.

Eve has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the stress of the investigation is really starting to wear on her body. You can tell she is totally freaked out, and is missing work in order to stay home and watch the investigation and the trial which are televised every day. Jack just thinks she is just obsessed like the rest of the town, but I just keep wondering when he is going to start putting things together and figuring out what is really going on.

To make things even crazier, Cory’s boyfriend Ken is the lead news reporter on the murder story, so he is completely involved in the whole investigation and trial. Why no one has started to see a resemblance between Cory and Vivian (the Governor’s other daughter, and Cory’s sister), is beyond me. In addition to all of this craziness, Cory finds out she is pregnant, and Eve has been trying to give her hints that she needs to be careful about hemorrhaging when giving birth since that is how Genevieve, her mother, died.

Things are getting so good, and next week we will find out how the story really ends. If you haven’t already picked up this book, make sure you do so. I’ll try not and ruin it for everyone, so I might just stick to the discussion questions next week in case anyone does decide to read this book. I highly recommend it!

1. Have your feelings about Tim changed throughout this last section of chapters?

My feelings about Tim haven’t changed too much. I feel a little bad he is getting charged with murder, which he didn’t do, but he did get himself and CeeCee/Eve involved in this and let it get this far, so what should he expect. It amazes me he hasn’t thrown CeeCee/Eve under the bus, especially since I believe he knows where she is since he (or someone) kept sending her money.

2. Do you agree with Cory and her behavior as an adult and her life with Ken? Is she justified in cutting her mother and father out of her life?

I think it was good for her to move away and conquer some of her fears on her own, but cutting her mother and father out of her life was not necessary. Especially now that she is pregnant, it is not fair to keep Grandparents from experiencing their first Grandchild as well as a Grandchild from knowing their Grandparents.

3. At what point do you think Cory decided to spend less time with her mother?

I think things began when Cory started asking questions about her father. I am sure that when Eve start dodging these questions, Cory started to lose trust in her mother. I think that she totally lost all trust in her mother when she met Ken. I believe that Ken helped to brainwash her into thinking her mother wasn’t good for her.

4. What do you think is Eve's biggest fear?

I think right now Eve’s biggest fear is losing Cory. If Cory finds out she did this, I am sure their relationship will completely fall apart. I think she is also in fear of going to jail and disappointing Jack and Dru, but I think losing Cory would hurt her the most.

5. When the story about Genevieve's body came out, what would you have done if you were Eve? Just sat back and watched things unfold? Come forward? Would you tell Jack?

I can’t understand why she won’t at least tell Jack. It has to be so hard to keep all of this to herself and not tell anyone. You can tell she is quickly falling apart over this. And why doesn’t Jack start to pick up that something is wrong?

6. Do you think Eve should tell Jack and confess? Why?

She definitely needs to tell Jack. She can’t keep this inside and he could possibly help her come forward and clean up this mess.

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