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The Half-Life of Everything


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Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

Created: 02/06/19

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davinamw

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Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?


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michelen

Join Date: 08/13/13

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

The ending did surprise me. I was rooting for Kate — not David — to make a decision about how she wanted to lead her life. Maybe she was willing to accept the situation as it was but I didn’t feel I had a good enough sense of her as the story developed.


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wendyf

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

I was surprised that they were able to maintain their relationships throughout the book without animosity. I was glad that they did however. I wonder if most would be able to do this.


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Maggie

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

I was rooting for Kate and was sorry that David even told her about Jane. It did not seem that he and Jane had even been dating that long. Of course if he had dropped Jane and consentrated on just loving Kate it would not have been much of a story. The ending did surprise me.


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terriej

Join Date: 07/28/11

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

I wasn't rooting for either one. The ending did surprise me, but it was such a difficult situation. I think there could have been many different surprise endings.


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teacher reader

Join Date: 02/14/18

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

I found myself able to see the situation from each of their perspectives, therefore I was pleased with the ending. I think Jane had to make the largest sacrifice; but obviously she weighed the alternatives and found a way to make it work.


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irisf

Join Date: 01/16/12

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

I definitely related to Kate and hoped that David would make a decision. I was disappointed in the women

Kate and David had a long history. Jane was much younger and could make a life for herself. Jane and David’s relationship was fairly recent and while the chemistry was strong there was no history yet. I felt some disappointment in both women who were willing to be passive and just accept whatever David decided. I wanted to see more backbone from both


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teachlz

Join Date: 07/28/16

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

Truthfully, I had to keep remembering that this was a novel that was FICTION. Being so involved with someone with Alzheimers I found that my experiences did color my feelings about the whole situation with David, and Kate and Jane. I can't say more to avoid any spoilers.


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rebeccar

Join Date: 03/13/12

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

My sentiments coincide with what irisf wrote. Somehow it just did not seem plausible. Both women just want David to be sexually satisfied and complacently go along with it and bid for the days on/off they want? Ugh. When David agreed to have his wife be part of the drug trial, it seems like he should have given some thought to how he wanted to adjust his life if his supposedly-beloved wife recovered.


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janeh

Join Date: 06/15/11

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

I didn't want him to choose one or the other. I was glad he was able to find happiness with both of these women and they found happiness in him. With this disease, your main concern is just doing everything you can to make your loved one's life worth living for each day they have left. You do become selfless. I think if more families had more empathy for the situation of caretakers, there would be more understanding that their life doesn't also need to end. One person has the diagnosis, but many times, the whole family is taken down emotionally by the disease.


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Peggy H

Join Date: 06/13/11

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RE: Did you find yourself rooting for David to choose either Kate or Jane? Were you surprised to see their relationship work right through to the end of the book?

Bothnwoman were certainly open to the arrangement and probably for different reasons. I think Kate may have thought it would eventually end for medical reasons and Jane had certainly had an unpleasant marriage. Both women wanted a more perfect “marriage”


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