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As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

Created: 09/10/17

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davinamw

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As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? Did you find the shift from platonic to romantic and then on to sexual to be realistic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?


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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

Yes, I did wish for that and even after they had sex I was hoping it was only a mistake. However by the end, I felt it was a wonderful love story and like all good love stories, their love for each other healed them. I don't think their connection would have had such positive results (particularly her going to college), if it was just platonic. Furthermore, given Wavy's childhood, I don't think she could have trusted him without the strong sexual connection.


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dottys

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

I was afraid for them.


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dottys

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

I guessed that their relationship would be thought of as wrong because of the differences in their ages. I felt that they knew what they were doing and were in love - but that it would not end well.


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Carol Rainer

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

Yes - I hoped so, but as she was growing up, and she was very mature for her age, I felt that it was inevitable that it would become sexual. I felt that she was the instigator and as his male humanity emerged, it happened. I don't know if the relationship could ever have remained platonic, under the circumstances.


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jenniferj

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

Yes, I did. I genuinely hoped it would continue as a platonic relationship until Wavy was grown and educated and in a place to decide to be in the relationship, rather than drawn to it because it was the best place to be given the circumstances. In truth, I believed they would end up together eventually, however I hoped it would be much later.


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lynnw

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

Looks like most of us wished for Wavy to remain as innocent as possible under the circumstances. If Wavy could have lived a normal life, gone to college and dated guys her age, I doubt they would have lasted.


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ScribblingScribe

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

I did, but only because society says love like this is wrong. Given the context of their relationship and love, the author made us question whether that is true. It would have been easier on both of them had they kept it platonic until people could understand, but then there would not have been a story. I think the point was to push this to the point where it was uncomfortable, but understandable and reasonable too.


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annl

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

I believe they would have still leaned on each other for strength. Their relationship feels like it is built on friendship first, lust second. The entry of others would have been a strain, as their bond is so strong over a long period of time.


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andreab

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

Selfishly, I did want their relationship to remain platonic because of their age difference, but the story would have been much different. If Kellen had become involved with someone else, he would likely have disappeared from her life. Wavy would not have continued in school because it would have been too much work/time. She would not have Kellen's protection so likely would have become a victim. Kellen may have also been more violent and a career felon because his motivation for self-preservation (for Wavy's sake) would have been missing.


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celiap

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

I did not wish it to remain platonic. I am happy that they were able to get together.

I read a book called On the Island, by Tracey Garvis-Graves. In this book an older teacher and her student are marooned on an island... for years. I was rooting for a relationship there too.

If the relationship had remained platonic, there would be no intimacy, no jail sentence, no yearning and no book!! (Sorry, I just had to say that).

BTW, I try to avoid reading other's answers until I have written my own. It seems that I am the only person rooting for a relationship? I never had a daughter of my own, but perhaps if I had, I would see things differently.


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JulieAB

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

In the beginning I wanted it to remain platonic. But, I believe as they needed each other more and more, the relationship became much deeper. Towards the end, I found myself sad that they both wouldn't ever find what they needed to heal.


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mal

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

I was hoping the relationship would remain platonic but I knew that was a stretch. I believe their bond would have lasted the test of time if it remained platonic, their connection was more than a sexual attraction.


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Peggy H

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

Yes, at first I hoped for a platonic relationship, but this was not the theme of the story. I Aldo don't think it was unbelievable, considering the setting if the story. It was probably not as believable on Kallen's part, but he too had had a strange upbringing. The ending was a bit abrupt and perhaps fairy tale like, but was a feel good story.


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amberb

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

Yes! Yes! Yes! At least until she was 18! But I don't know that it was possible, given their backgrounds...and how overly sexualized everything in their environments was.


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alisonf

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

I think I wanted the relationship to remain platonic at least until she was an adult but their love seemed genuine and understandable. The author took the reader to an uncomfortable place on purpose. Is there ever a situation where this is acceptable? Where is the line drawn and in this circumstance did that make for a better or worse life for Wavy. The circumstances are uncomfortable but both of them are mostly very good people. I'm glad they ended up together but wish they had not gotten themselves in a situation where they had to separate for so long.


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kdowney25

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RE: As you were reading, did you find yourself wishing that Wavy and Kellen's relationship would remain platonic? What do you think would have ultimately happened to Wavy and Kellen if the relationship had remained platonic?

I was hoping their relationship would remain platonic until the threat of legal action ceased to be an issue. However, for Wavy, sex was a natural extension of male-female relationships. With the adults in her life, sex was always present, spoken about openly, and not hidden. I think, for her, sex was the way she knew to show Kellen how she felt about him. Kellen, however, as the adult, knew that sexual contact between them was unacceptable, and illegal, even though it was something they both wanted. Because of the love between them, it didn't feel wrong to them, although Kellen knew they shouldn't. He said he just couldn't help himself. Not a legal defense, certainly, but shows how strongly he felt towards Wavy.


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