While a lot of her behaviour started to get on my nerves, I do think we start to see Juliette grow as a character. Learning to survive without Adam and how to reach inside herself to find what she needs, as well as allowing peers who aren’t her whole world to support her, were developments we hadn’t really witnessed previously. She finds pride in working for Castle, in finally being productive and accomplishing something that doesn’t involve hurting people.
“Good Books” he’s saying, pulling his boxer-briefs up and rezipping his pants, ‘are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them…I think there’s something about the impermanence of life these days that makes it necessary to etch ink into our skin,’ he says. ‘It reminds us that we’ve been marked by the world, that we’re still alive. That we’ll never forget.’ ‘Who are you?'”
Warner is starting to share pieces of himself that are hidden from the rest of the world. It’s assisting in balancing the scales from when he read her journal and became privy to her innermost thoughts. A give-and-take equilibrium is trying to be established, but he’s always half in the shadows no matter how hard Juliette tries to draw him out. Reiterating some of what I said in my last post, I may not see a long-term future for him and Juliette, but he captivates me as a character, and I can’t seem to get enough (just like Juliette in this book o).
“This blond boy has my secrets in his mouth.”
“I want to study the secrets tucked between his elbows and the whispers caught behind his knees. I want to follow the lines of his silhouette with my eyes and the tips of my fingers. I want to trace rivers and valleys along the curved muscles of his body. My thoughts shock me.”
How, HOW, does Tahereh manage to write single kisses and the briefest moments that leave you feeling sated and like you’re burning up at the same time. HOW. Because they are the moments when I unequivocally love her writing most. You fall headfirst into these scenes and feel like you’re living them yourself. Some people loved Chapter 62 while others hated it at least partly for the male half of its equation; to be honest, I was so caught up in the actions and felt like I was living the scene myself that I forgot about the Warner ~problem as those pages flew by.