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What do you think the author was trying to say about wealth, choice, and accountability at the end of Brittany's story?

Created: 09/02/21

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davinamw

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What do you think the author was trying to say about wealth, choice, and accountability at the end of Brittany's story?

Jonny's privilege and the protection his money affords him ultimately become problematic for Brittany and her child. What do you think the author was trying to say about wealth, choice, and accountability at the end of Brittany's story?


Posted Sep. 05, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
janines

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RE: What do you think the author was ...

I think in telling Brittany's story the author she's that money, beauty. And privilege don't mean you are a better or happier person. Also in Brittany's case, she's lost her way in procuring all that wealth and had forgotten her roots. I found Brittany to be a most disappointing character.


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melanieb

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That everything is a trade off and has a price so be careful what you get into and pay attention to warning signs.


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beckyd

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She had all of the physical trappings of wealth but realized she would never be able to leave Jonny. (At least not without a really good lawyer!!)
What does the Bible say about "gaining the world, but losing your soul" in the process?


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melissa c.

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I agree with everyone - it's a friendly reminder that wealth and privilege don't equate to true happiness. I also found Brittany to be a very disappointing character throughout most of the book. However, that scene at the end, after realizing just how deranged Jonny was and that he'd never let her go, packed quite the punch. Very powerful and deeply disturbing.


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Maggie

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RE: What do you think the author was ...

Brittany certainly made the wrong choice in following Jonny to Sweden and marrying him. Because of Jonny’s wealth and position in Sweden Brittany and her daughter will never be able to leave Sweden and him. I did not care for Brittany’s story. From the beginning Jonny was a stalker. She should have feared him and contacted the police and confided to her currant boy friend that there was a problem. I agree a very disturbing ending for her. I keep getting the message edit post, h’mm do not know why?


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beverlyj

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RE: What do you think the author was ...

I think that my the end of the story that Brittany ended up with the least amount of choices and freedom and is now trapped in the web of money and power where her every move is monitored.

And what good is that money if you have no freedom.

Will Jonny let her become a fashion designer?


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RebeccaF

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RE: What do you think the author was ...

I agree with Beverly. As awful as what happens with Muna is, Brittany's story is almost more horrifying because she's been totally trapped by her choices and sees no way to free herself from Jonny or pursue her dreams.


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lesleyf

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Is that better than what happened to Muna? Tough to think that through.


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nancyh

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RE: What do you think the author was ...

I agree with Maggie that Jonny was a stalker, however, Brittany only sees that he is interested in her and it flattering. She was impressed with his attention and his giving her whatever she wanted. It was too late for her when she found out the real reason for his attention The only way she would ever be able to leave is to leave her daughter behind.


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kenanr

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RE: What do you think the author was ...

I agree that Brittany was incredibly disappointing as a character. Obviously money doesn't buy happiness but typically it can buy freedom - autonomy, choices opportunities. So to have those be unavailable to Brittany is interesting and very stifling. Leaving Jonny - at least at the end of the novel - does not seem like much of an option. If she were my friend I would suggest she learn how to manipulate her husband to achieve her goals - be they business or on a more personal level. Yikes - that sounds terrible!


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Jessica F

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RE: What do you think the author was ...

I agree with everyone above....there were SERIOUS warning signs from the moment she met Jonny. She should have trusted her first gut instincts. Unfortunately, I think the money lured her in. How ironic that his inability to lie was a complete fabrication.

I felt so bad for Brittany's parents. They could see right through Jonny and his family. I was hoping she would go back the America with them.

Unfortunately, she made the choices to move there, marry him, and have his child. She is forever trapped.


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gaylamath

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RE: What do you think the author was ...

Brittany was a disappointing character, but a true to life character from what I can see in the world around me. Money can buy a lot of things, but money can't buy the most important things in life, in my opinion. Happiness and self-worth are better than all the baubles that money can buy. Those that don't see that unfortunately never know how truly unfulfilled they are.


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