Thursday, November 29, 2012

This, That or Thought Thursday (5)


Howdy!

Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

This Week’s Question: What do you think is the worst book to movie adaptation? Why?

My Answer:

Hands down, the first Twilight movie. When I first watched Twilight I loved it. Then I read the book and saw how much better the book was!  Still, I loved the movie. It's just after watching all of the movies multiple times I can take a step back and see how bad the first movie was. Of course, that's my personal opinion.

One of the things I hated about the first movie was that all of the vampires are super, super pale. They are so pale in fact that it was unrealistic. Everyone should have been able to tell there was something wrong with the Cullens. I know, I know!! I'm complaining about vampires being so pale they are unrealistic. Maybe it's one of those it's not you it's me situations. Maybe I'm the problem. 

Don’t get me wrong I don’t hate the movie I just think it could have been done so much better. I know there’s a lot of hate for the Twilight books/movies in general but I have to admit that I am a huge fan and am very grateful to have found them.

That’s officially the end of the first month of This, That or Thought Thursday! Come by next week and we’ll tackle a new topic, E-books!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (22)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Books in 2013


1. The Elite by Kiera Cass
2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
3. Of Triton by Anna Banks
4. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
5. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
6. House of Hades by Rick Riordan
7. With All my Soul by Rachel Vincent
8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
9. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
10. House Rules by Chloe Neill

I’m sure there are a ton of books I somehow forgot but these are ten books that I can’t wait to read in 2013!!


What made your top 10?
Monday, November 26, 2012

Dreaming of Summer Giveaway Hop

 
Welcome to Wholly Books stop on the Dreaming of Summer Giveaway Hop! This hop is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Me, My Shelf and I. This hop runs from November 27th to December 2nd. For this giveaway I am offering one lucky winner the chance to win one of the below books! The giveaway is International as long as The Book Depository ships to you! 



                                  
                     


These are two of my favorite summer time books! Also, you can choose either of the other two books in The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

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Review: Meant to Be






Title: Meant to Be
Author: Lauren Morrill
Pages: 304
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Source: Southern Book Bloggers ARC Tours





Goodreads Description:

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

My Thoughts:

I can sum up Meant to Be in two words: adorable and hilarious. Morrill creates a story that readers will instantly fall in love with and keep them captivated until the final page.

Within the first five pages I believe I laughed out loud at least three times. The book is just that funny! I adored Morrill’s writing style. It not only made the book easy to read but more importantly, it made the book fun to read!

I loved the main characters! I mean really how could you not love Julia and Jason? Julia was a control freak and stickler for rules but she was funny and you couldn’t help but love her.  Jason was her complete opposite. Jason marches into Julia’s world and completely turns it upside down. At least that what she thinks, really, Jason balances her out and gives her life the extra something she was missing.

The plot was fun and full of surprises. You never knew what Jason and Julia were going to get into next. There really wasn’t a dull moment in this book. Oh and the setting! I mean, hello, London! Who wouldn’t want to fall in love in London??

The cover of Meant to Be has to be one of my all time favorites. I love the color scheme and the background.  It really is a beautiful cover!

Meant to Be is a quick and fun read that will keep you laughing! Anyone looking for a contemporary romance should definitely pick this up!





Thursday, November 22, 2012

This, That or Thought Thursday (4)


Hey Y’all!

Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

This Week’s Question: What are your thoughts on things being changed in the movies?

My Answer:

I’m human so yes it does sometimes bother me when things are changed in movies. But the more I read and the more I see the books I love turned into movies, the more I understand that things have to be changed because movies are not books. Movies have different rules and regulations. You can’t make a 5 hour long movie because there’s not a budget big enough for that plus I don’t know many people that would sit and watch a movie that was 5 hours long. So yes, things have to be changed.

Movies have to consider ratings and their target audience. With YA novel/movies, the director has to aware of what can be shown onscreen and what can’t. If you get too risqué then your target audience isn’t even going to be able to get in the doors.

Basically, as long as the main idea of the story is the same I’m okay with it. I’ve learned when it comes to book to movie adaptations you have let the small changes go!


Okay, another week of This, That or Thought Thursday is in the books! Hope you come back next week!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The End of an Era: Twilight-Breaking Dawn Part 2


So by now I'm sure almost everyone has gotten to watch Breaking Dawn Part 2, right? Right! It truly is the end of an era and I must admit I am sad. I mean waiting in line, the screaming fans, the midnight shows, they were so much fun! It was great to see so many people so passionate about something. Now that it's all over I'm going to share my feelings about the movies and my experience during the whole Twilight phenomenon.

I didn't get into Twilight until after the first movie was already on DVD. A couple of my friends and I were in the local movie store trying to pick out some movies to watch. We happened upon Twilight and I'll be honest I had no idea what it was about. One of my friends said she had seen it and told us it was good and that she wouldn't mind watching it again. We ended up renting it that night. We watched it and I fell in love. I LOVED the story! I couldn't get it out of my head. The next day I bought the first book then the next day I went out and bought New Moon and by the end of the week I had read the entire series.

Later, I would come to realize that the first movie wasn't near as good as it could have been. In my opinion the vampires were too pale and Edward looked awkward the entire movie and I'll be honest I wasn't a K Stew fan. I liked the book much better and I felt that each movie was better than the last.

Starting with New Moon, I went to all of the midnight showings. I really loved being around a large group of people that loved something as much as I did. It became a sort of tradition for me and my sister to go to the midnight showings together. We got to the theater hours before the movie began and had a nice camp out. Starbucks was a must!

Unfortunately, my sister moved out of state a few months ago so we were unable to keep the tradition with Breaking Dawn Part 2. I got my mom to go with me and it was still fun but I do wish my sister could have been there. She did go and see it opening night. She both went to the 10 pm showing and called each other after to get each others reactions. In the end we both felt the same...Breaking Dawn Part 2 was awesome! The fight scene was totally kick ass and the movie made me experience a whole range of emotions. We both loved it and felt that it was the best one yet. She is coming home for Thanksgiving and we have already made plans to go and see it while she is home. I can't wait!

Breaking Dawn Part 2 truly was the end of an era and I am so sad to see it go. Twilight got me back into reading and for that I will always be thankful. Twilight also introduced me to YA literature which I have absolutely fallen in love with! YA is the perfect genre for me!

So now I would love it if you would take this survey for me because I really am curious what everyone else thought. To encourage you to participate I will choose one person that feels out the survey to send something Twilight related to!

Please fill out the form HERE!!

Oh, and don't forget to check out this week's This, That or Thought Thursday were I will be discussing book to movie adaptations!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Remnants of Life: Legends of Darkness Blog Tour






Remnants of Life: Legends of Darkness by Georgia L. Jones
Genre: Urban Fantasy
181 pages
Dangerous Saviors… What would you do if your life rested in the hands of something that really wanted to eat you? Come journey through the realms of the next world where everything you know about Good and Evil are put to the test.
Samantha Garrett lives and dies a good life in the human world. She awakens a new creature, Samoda, a vampire-like warrior in the army of Nuem. She is forced to realize that she has become a part of a world that humans believe to be only “Legends of Darkness.” Samoda finds her new life is entwined with the age old story of greed, love, betrayal, and vengeance.
Join our heroine as she battles not just for her own existence, but for the entire human race’s future.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Georgia L. Jones was born in Columbia, Missouri on September 21st, 1968. In 1992 she settled in the beautiful Ozarks town of Lebanon, Missouri, where she met and married the love of her life. Together they have raised 7 children and have the 8th still in their home.
At a young age Georgia learned the value of getting lost in a good book. She has always enjoyed reading and letting her imagination run wild. In her early teenage years she began to put her own stories down on paper as she plunked out the words on an old manual typewriter.
In 1996 Georgia enrolled at Missouri State University where she majored in Psychology. While there she found an untamable thirst for Philosophy and Greek Mythology. Many evenings she can still be found curled up with one of the great Greek Tragedy’s or reading about personal continuity by Rene Descarte.
Over the years Georgia has harbored the dream of being a published author and written many short stories. On January 10, 2010 she embarked on the dream as she began to bring the characters from her first novel, “Legends of Darkness”, to life. Upon completion in June 2010 she realized that it was not a single book but a series and created the concept of the series “Remnants of Life”. She is currently working diligently on the “Remnants of Life” series.

Find Georgia L. Jones



Review

My Thoughts:


Legends of Darkness puts an interesting twist on traditional vampire myths. Jones goes to great lengths to create a world that readers are easily captivated by and can picture with ease. 

When I first decided to be a part of the tour for Legends of Darkness, I didn’t realize that the female heroine was going to be middle aged with a family and kids. I love vampire stories but I typically read ones with YA characters. That being said, I think the fact that Samoda was middle aged and did have a family enhanced the story and the character’s angst over everything she lost. I felt that the meshing of her old life with her new one gave the story further depth.

I really liked Drake and his willingness to protect Samoda no matter what. He was loyal and dedicated. He did sometimes annoy me with his old way of speaking but it was tolerable and made sense given the time period he was born in.

I loved the whole premise of good vs. evil and the inclusion of Vlad Dracula. Jones does a good job of adding her own twist to a story that has been done a million different ways.

The only part I wasn’t crazy about was that sometimes I felt the story was overly descriptive and didn’t have enough dialogue. The story is written from Samoda’s perspective and I think the author sometimes relied too heavily on Samoda’s ability to read others thoughts. I would have liked to have seen or heard things more from the characters themselves instead of hearing things from Samoda’s thoughts.

Legends of Darkness is a descriptive tale of good vs. evil and the story of a woman finding her place in a world she didn’t know existed. Great for anyone looking for an adult paranormal romance!

Also side note, I love the shout out to Dauphin Island, Alabama since I am actually from south Alabama.

Favorite passage:

“I find it quite unfair, and to my disadvantage, that you can read my mind and I do not get even a glimpse of yours.”

I smiled as I retorted, “You either wouldn’t be interested, or you would be terrified if you knew how I think. Therefore, it’s not only fair, but humane that you not know.”




Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Book Excerpt: Sheltered by Debra Chapoton


Hey Y'all,

Today I have a book excerpt from Sheltered by Debra Chapoton. Here's a little info about the author and book and also the excerpt. Also, I will be reading and reviewing the book soon so please be sure to check back for that!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Debra Chapoton has taught kids of all ages in her main career as a teacher. She has a BA in Spanish and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English. She started writing in 2002 and was surprised to find out that the characters quickly take over the action and dialogue in the stories.

Her first YA novel, Edge of Escape, was self-published and then discovered by Piper Verlag Publishing and translated into German. Stalking and obsession get a sympathetic twist in this story of physical and psychological survival.

Her second YA novel, Sheltered, detours into a different genre as she writes about five teens who confront supernatural forces. Two boys and three girls all harbor secrets which make some of them susceptible to demon possession. Embracing all things supernatural might protect them, but are they ready for the consequences?

Chapoton has also written eleven chapter books for middle grade kids and a non-fiction work for adults, Crossing the Scriptures.

When she’s not writing Chapoton enjoys the quiet of the full log home she designed and built with her husband. They live in the middle of 62 acres of beautiful woods in northern Michigan.

ABOUT Sheltered:


Living together unsupervised, five troubled teens confront demonic forces and are compelled to deal with their problems in distinctly different ways. Paranormal meets psycho meets Goth in this story of a supernatural haunting and budding love.

High school junior, Ben, hacks into his step-father's real estate holdings and provides rooms in an old two-story house to various outcasts: the schizophrenic kid, the angry Goth girl, and the homeless girl who worships him. When Megan needs a place to live she comes to the rooming house with a different set of problems and the ability to confuse and attract Ben.

One by one strange and mysterious occurrences stretch the teens’ beliefs in the supernatural. How they deal with demons, real and imagined, has tragic as well as redeeming consequences.

Excerpt from Sheltered:


Prologue
Next Wednesday

Emily knew the precise moment that Ben returned, she felt him in her scars. She watched him carry some things to the house, heard the door close; she smiled when she heard him call out that Santa was here. He did that once before, in early December, insisting that she accept the gift he held out, not wanting her to wait until Christmas to use the mittens he knew she needed.
She went toward her door now, wondered what he had brought, and then heard Megan’s voice below. Oh no, he probably brought something for her. She scuttled back to her nest by the window and stared outside, was still staring fifteen minutes later when she saw them walk down the street, Ben shouldering a shovel, his other hand knotted with Megan’s.
She touched the skin on her arms, lightly at first, making it tingle. The image of Ben with Megan multiplied across her mind in broken mirrors, a repugnant picture that reflected her own self-loathing. She scratched at her scabs, felt the pricks of pain force away the ticklish sensations. She closed her eyes.
When she opened them she saw a figure standing at her door.
“Who–?” she started, but the figment waned to less than a shadow. Still, though, there was something at her door.
She rose slowly and held her hand out.
Its face was more womanly now, friendly, motherly. Yes, she knew this face. Its pearly white skin so shocking against the ruby lips, the stringy hair a match to her own. Her mother.
She stretched her fingers toward the face. The hallucination faded then sharpened. The eyes began to blaze. She drew her hands back to her own face. What’s wrong with me?  The delusion grieved Emily; all around her fluttered a longing.
And a deadly fear.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Guest Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower





Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Pages: 213
Release Date: Feburary 1, 1999






Goodreads Description:

Standing on the fringes of life... offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky's haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, and grown into a cult sensation with over one million copies in print.

It is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and 
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where all you need is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Chbosky has created a deeply affecting novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.


My Thoughts:


I’m a person that likes to read the book before seeing the movie version, but I felt fine with seeing the movie before fully finishing the book on this one. The reason being, the author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, was the screenplay writer and also the director of the film, so the direction of the film should have been very close to the direction of the book, only in imagery form. I have one warning to a reader though. This book contains deep subject matter and coarse language.

I’ll say that I liked the book for the most part. This book tells the story of a boy with the alias Charlie and his first year in high school. It is written in pen pal letter format to an anonymous receiver, which bothered me at first because it was hard to follow. Once I chose to ignore that, it was story about growing up in the 1990s and being misunderstood by most people in life until finding those true friends that just get it.  

As the book starts, Charlie is anxious about his first year of high school. Charlie doesn’t act like other teenage boys his age.  His social cues are a bit off and he doesn’t always do what is viewed as “correct” in situations. He’s starting his freshman year with no friends, an older sister who wants nothing to do with him, and being viewed as an outcast. He tries to blend into his surroundings and just survive high school hoping to find someone to call a friend. He finds that friendship in fellow “misfits”, Sam and Patrick.

Sam and Patrick, two, senior siblings, take Charlie under their wing and help him to find his place in the turbulent waters of high school. They give Charlie the stability in friendship that he desperately craves, while providing the will-they-or-won’t-they question of a relationship between Charlie and Sam. What starts out as a friendship that was developed to help Charlie ends up with Charlie helping Sam and Patrick along the way, and all three realizing they have more in common than they ever knew. As the book continues, my focus was less on the three’s friendship and more on what is going on with Charlie. Why does he have such high, highs and low, lows? What is the big connection with his aunt? What is really going on in him?

Chbosky’s book was a flashback to my teenage and early college years, in some ways. I had my own Sam and Patrick to help me through those years, but with far less tragedy. The book left me feeling sad, uncertain, and with the promise of hope for Charlie and his friends. I think that one of the best parts of this book is that the author gives you a soundtrack to read it by, written in the dialogue. And just like that soundtrack, the book ended the same as it began, leaving me with exactly the same emotions as when I finished the first chapter.





Whitney


***Special thanks to my friend Whitney for offering to have a review posted on my blog. Hopefully, we haven't seen the last of her!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

This, That or Thought Thursday (3)




Hello again,

Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

This Week’s Question: What is your favorite book to movie adaptation? Why?

My Answer:

My favorite book to movie adaptation would have to be either The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian or I am Number Four. Why? Well, you may remember a couple of week’s ago when I said that I usually like the movie better if I see the movie before I read the book. In this case, not only did I not read the book before seeing the movie I still haven’t read either book. Therefore, I have nothing to compare it to.

I really enjoyed both of the movies. Both were action packed and had a great cast. The worlds in each were unique and original and I loved seeing these magical worlds on screen.

I did attempt to read I am Number Four but I couldn’t get into the writing style. I am really bummed they don’t plan on making more movies because I really do want to know what else happens and I just can’t make myself read the books. Fingers crossed, they change their mind!

And that’s a wrap folks! Hope you come back next week!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winning the City Blog Tour: Excerpt Part 2


Hey Everyone,

Welcome to the Winning the City Blog Tour part 2! If you didn't see yesterday's blog post be sure to go back and read it then come back to read today's excerpt. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!



Highly acclaimed Literary fiction author Theodore Weesner is back, following up his “modern American classic” (The Car Thief) with an exciting coming-of-age literary drama, set within the background of inner city youth basketball.

Winning the City Redux [ISBN: 978-1-938231-08-7; Literary Fiction; Paperback, US $12.95; ebook, US $5.99 March, 2013] is now re-imagined for a new generation of readers to discover. Written in Theodore Weesner’s signature gritty style, Redux again breaks through as an enduring piece of literature, even as its language and plot coalesce to form an enthralling page-turner.  Winning the City Redux entertains as it examines new dimensions of classism, corruption, youth angst and dangerous passion.

ABOUT THE BOOK

It’s Detroit, 1961. Fifteen-year-old Dale Wheeler, the son of an unemployed, alcoholic autoworker, has big dreams of leading his team to the City Basketball Championship.  But his dream is shattered when Dale—the co-captain and top point guard—is cut from the team to make way for the son of a big money team sponsor.

His life in a tailspin, Dale finds a helping hand in Miss Furbish, the beautiful homeroom teacher whose well-meaning kindness gradually builds into a potentially dangerous passion.  And in his lowest times, Dale gets a final shot at his dream:  A hardscrabble team of street-ballers that may have what it takes to win the City Championship.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Theodore Weesner, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as a “Writers’ Writer” by the larger literary community.  His short works have been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly and Best American Short Stories.  His novels, including The True Detective, Winning the City and Harbor Light, have been published to great critical acclaim in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Magazine and The Los Angeles Times to name a few.

Weesner is currently writing his memoir, two new novels, and an adaptation of his widely praised novel—retitled Winning the City Redux—also to be published by Astor + Blue Editions.  He lives and works in Portsmouth, NH.

EXCERPT

TWO

Coming in late from working second shift at Chevy Plant Ten--a weaving silhouette filling his bedroom doorway--Dale's father invites his sleepy-time son into the kitchen for a Coney Island dog.  Could anyone in the world more appreciate the taste of a Coney Island dog in the middle of the night than an ever-voracious fourteen-year-old playmaker, ball handler, first string guard?    
As on every other night, Dale practiced at the park until the lights went out…before shooting a few in the dark.  Dribbling home, into and out of illumination under corner streetlights, driving one telephone pole after another, pulling it back at the last minute (all but the dream), he showers with the landlady's hose, reviews his school notebook at the kitchen table, and hits the sack dreaming his dream...into which swamp there appears the purveyor of tender words and unconditional love in his life.  "Hey sleepy time pal...come have a Coney Island dog with your old dad."
Daylight is in Dale's eyes and it’s time to rise and shine...despite a spur picking at his mind.  Clomping into the bathroom to wash and brush, he detects "I Fall to Pieces" circling his father's phonograph in the living room and sinks within, as always, to the old cry of loss haunting their handful of rooms at an off-beat hour.  The message is familiar: His father is up yet and loaded, is emotional and sentimental, drunk and dangerous.  With no one else upon whom to visit his sad memory of Dale's runaway mother visiting his pickled brain, his father is waiting for him to appear.  In Dale's adolescent mind another lyric begins circling the breaking day: 'You get loaded...and I fall to pieces.'

#  #  #

He has no choice but to make his way into the kitchen that offers the only exit from their attic apartment...down the backside of the landlord's house to driveway, sidewalk, refreshing air.  He enters without making a sound.  His father stands there.  Head hanging, he’s leaning to the wall, his chin on his chest.  How long has he been on his feet?  His neck looks rubbery as his head lolls to one side, a grin comes on like a dim light as he says: "Don't I know you from somewhere?"
Dale opens the refrigerator, explores possibilities, ignores his father as he does at times like these.  Life with an alcoholic.  Life with Patsy Cline's heartbreak lining the air they breathe: 'You want me to forget...pretend we've never met.'
"You're the guy stood me up!" his father tells him.  "Thas who you are!  Bring home a treat for the only person in the world plays tunes on my weary old heart...get left standing at the counter."  'You walk by...and I fall to pieces...'
Dale remembers then and says: "I fell asleep!  That’s what I did!"
"Musta been dreaming about something a hell of a lot better looking than a Coney Island dog," his father tells him.
"Basketball," Dale confesses, deciding all at once to share his high hopes with his father.  "I was dreaming about basketball, winning the City…which is what we're gonna do!"
"Basketball?" his father asks.  "You say basketball?  Did I hear you say basketball?  Is that what I heard you say?"
"It's my big year at school!" Dale tells him.
"First time I knew anything would keep you from your favorite middle-of-the-night snack.  Surprised it wasn't something better looking than a fat old basketball."
"I'm the biggest at school this year!" Dale tells him.  "I've been working like a demon while everybody else has done practically nothing.  Been working all summer, all fall.  Gonna lead the way, make em pay!"  Dale did not add how proud he hoped to make his father, or how his dream included saving his father's life, too, to a modest degree.  Turning things around.  Leading them to the promised land.
'You tell me to find...someone else to love.
Someone who'll love me, too...the way you used to do.'
Continuing to grin, his father squints.  "Son...gotta tell ya.  Hope you dream other things, too.  Don't wanna put all your eggs in one basket."
Dale nods, indicates that he knows, is cool, isn't a fool...know all about eggs and baskets.  Doesn't he?





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