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Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

Created: 04/12/14

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davinamw

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Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

At one point, A.J. asks Maya, "Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Is a twist that you can't predict symptomatic of bad construction?" What do you think of this statement in view of the plot of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?


Posted Apr. 15, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
joyces

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I think not knowing what is coming is more satisfying for me though frequently when that occurs I try to figure out if I should have known and what clues there were that I did not pick up on. I had not guessed that Daniel was the father but it sure made sense that he was.


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carolyna

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

Maybe if your reading a mystery the reaction to a "twist" in the story is all about the mystery. But in this book which is about AJFikry the "twists" are all about the people he meets and his relationship with each of the characters. From the moment I began the book I felt this story was going to be different from so many I had read recently. When Maya enters into AJ's life I knew there would be changes so I was content to curl up, cancel any other thoughts for the day, and be the reader.


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maryh

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I like books where the twist is a total surprise. I was surprised A.J. asked if a twist "that you don't expect is symptomatic of bad construction." I always think the opposite - the author must be very clever to keep all the plot lines going and then tying it up in a way you didn't expect.


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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I love 'twists" in a story and especially one you are not anticipating. The "who" of Maya's parentage made sense and you knew it was coming, but the way you found out was quite interesting.


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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

With most books I am eager to discover the outcome of the twist before it is revealed and because of that, I probably sometimes miss the beauty of the journey getting there. With this book, I was content to just let that linger tantalizingly in the back of my mind and thoroughly enjoyed when it was revealed in the appropriate spot in the story.


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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I love twists in a story, especially if it is a surprise. I was surprised at Maya's true parentage. It does explain some of Ismay's behavior toward Maya. I am a bit surprised though that Maya didn't try to "mother" Maya more.


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terriej

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I didn't see it coming. I like a twist to be surprising.


Posted Apr. 18, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
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Nae

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

Nope, did not see that twist coming until it was revealed. I think the author did a pretty darn good job of building up to it with true finesse.


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maggiep

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I didn't really see the twist coming, but since it wasn't a mystery, I didn't spend much time thinking about who Maya's father might be. Once revealed, though, it did explain why Ismay acted how she did towards Maya.


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lbellg

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

Even I sense a twist coming it is still rewarding to find out you were right! Honestly, I was hood-winked on this one. I didn't exactly see it coming.


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sarahb

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I like the idea of twists, but can rarely get my historians mind to wait for them. I guess I'm too used to having an end and working backward that I usually cheat.
I didn't see the twist coming, but it makes sense that Maya was related to someone on the island, as islands are usually not the easiest places to get to.

I only cheat when I have a "real" book in hand.


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dianes

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I figured that there was a reason Maya's mother was on the island but did not guess who the father was.


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rosemaryk

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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I had no clue about who might be Maya's father, so I got to enjoy finding out.


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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I love a twist in a story and I did not see this one coming. It did not occur to me that Daniel was the father, although it should have. I was wrapped in the story of A.J. and did not even think of who Maya's parents could be. I should have realized it had to be someone that was part of the story and it had to be someone familiar with the shop and A.J. or they would not have known the child would be taken of if left there.


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RE: Is a twist less satisfying if you know it's coming? Did you guess who Maya's father was? If so, what were the clues?

I didn't really see this particular twist coming. But I just read a book that was so predictable I saw the twist coming a mile off. I was really hoping the author was smarter than I, and had something truly surprising in mind. No such luck. I hated that I foresaw the (dismal, predictable) twist; disappointed in an otherwise pretty good book.


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