"So distressed would I become that I would attend confessions weekly.
But I really spent most of that time finding ways not to be drawn into the attention.
I think lying low and not talking about it put me in a good position later, because I just wasn’t part of anything.''A lot of people think, "Oh, I’ve got to focus on my career." And then you wake up and go, "Oh goodness, I forgot about the rest of my life." Marriage is terrific, but it’s the hardest thing I think you’ll ever do.
Alex's internal dialogue was so funny that the poignant bits slipped right in under the radar and packed a stealthy punch. How will he have to change before we get his book in Chaser? Viewing him from Joe's pov made him less black-and-white, though. I think Alex and Joe's attraction grew through the e-mails and got stronger once she started to trust him and learn more about him.
We get a different perspective of Eric than we did in Dirty, but he still has a lot of growing up to do. He will have to develop some empathy in order to become a worthwhile hero, imo. Alex and Joe's meet was cute but I think I liked Lydia and Vaughn's just a little better. I probably would have done the same thing as Joe in waiting to tell her he was Eric--I tend to procrastinate especially if it's something I know will have bad consequences.
"Gently caress" is internet slang for a common swear word.
Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. She lives halfway across the country, so even though she's his perfect woman, there's nothing he can do about his feelings. Because yeah, Joe never came clean about his identity. As their corresponsence progressed, I believed in their connection as presented by the emails shown throughout the novel. Against his better judgment, Joe starts talking to Alex. Would you have done the same thing Joe did—not telling Alex he wasn't Eric—and what would you have done differently? I understand how it started but can't believe Joe let it go so long and so far. I think Alex was first attracted to "Eric" physically and because he was safe and far away. My favorite scene was when Alex is using the sledge hammer to get out her hostility about people who mistreated her (and Val) in the past. Joe, being the responsible older brother, goes in to shut down Eric's online dating account, however not before seeing a message from Alex Parks. Joe and Alex's meet-cute includes far less nakedness than Vaughan and Lydia's but is still equally as memorable. Just the visual of Lydia in her wedding dress in the tub with a nekid Vaughan by itself is one for the ages. Do you think Alex was attracted to Joe, at first, because he was safe (because of how far away he was) or because there really was a connection? I was heartbroken for Nell, though I think this tragedy will be the catalist that propels Eric into finally maturing. I suffered with these characters and would have liked to bask in their HEA more than what amounted to an epilogue. My favorite characters in Twist were Alex and Val--they have remained friends--no matter what and as Alex says "it's good to have friends." I can't help liking Eric, but he does need to grow up. Other random thoughts--I hated Star (but her villain character was written so well).Vaughn Benjamin has been vague when it comes to his brother's absence, citing in several interviews, "Life changes, convictions and revelations." He is more open to talking about Akae Beka's latest record, Homage to the Land.While the album is informed by roots reggae in style and scope, it bears a distinctly progressive sonic edge.In a discussion of the game on an internet message board Sigvatr, an American based in Brisbane, Australia whose real name is Eric Vaughn, appeared to distance himself from the view that it was a parody of American jingoism, and acknowledge that many players would enjoy the game for the chance to shoot virtual Muslims.