On to the questions:
- Did Arianna really have an affair? Does an emotional affair weigh the same as a physical affair? More? Less?
In my opinion Arianna did have an affair, she had an emotional affair which is more damaging than a physical affair. Sex is easier to forgive, especially if it is something like a one night stand. But when you find yourself falling for someone else, when you are in a committed relationship with someone, I think that says something about troubles in the relationship. So does a sexual affair, but an emotional affair is far more telling and dangerous and exposes more holes in the relationship you are in.
- Arianna has several major events that are downplayed by Rachael. How would you have reacted if this had happened to you? Would you have made the effort to repair the friendship?
I think that this is the beginning of what could be the end of the friendship between Arianna and Rachel. I have had some long term friendships end and it is a really hard, brutal thing. But this book demonstrated to me how much Rachel was not there for Arianna, and was so wrapped up in her own stuff. Everyone has times when it is all about them. But when it is all about someone else all the time, then it is time to end the friendship. I would like to see Arianna and Rachel 10 years from now, and see whether they are still friends.
- Were you rooting for things to improve for Arianna and Ethan's relationship? Why or why not?
I was not rooting for them to improve. I thought Arianna should break up with him. I thought she spent most of the book trying to convince herself he was the guy for her rather than believing her was the guy for her, which is not the same thing.
Jodi used to blog at jodifur.com but recently retired it. She came out of retirement because she loves to read, and Melissa.
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