I loved reading Abby's portrait also (may be a bit obvious since she was my favorite), but the part that always stood out to me was when she talked about how she and Anna switched colors one day to see if anyone would notice. When their dad pretends not to and then later tells them he did, I was practically cheering for them...I don't know why, but I always remember that little story whenever I hear about twins or anything.
Also, I know this is very delayed but Sotypical and Wanderingfrog -- my birthday is April 24th too! Very strange .
I enjoyed reading this portrait collection book since it gave me a lot of insight about Abby's life before she, Anna and their mom moved to Stoneybrook. I liked getting to know Mr. Stevenson since whenever he's mentioned in the other books, it's not as in-depth as it is in this book. He seemed really close to Anna and Abby, so I can see why his death would be especially devastating (I'm not trying to say that his death wouldn't be devastating if he wasn't as close to them). It was nice that there a picture of Mrs. Stevenson since in Abby's scrapbook, there's no photo of her.
Post by otempora541 on Sept 9, 2009 19:41:15 GMT -5
I found it heartbreaking that the last conversation the twins have with their father is about meatballs and spaghaetti. For some reaso, talking about something as mundane as dinner before such a huge event is so sad.
I love Abby, and this is def. the best Abby book. I am more intrested in the grieving dynamic: the twins seemed to have moved on (considering their FATHER died) while Rachel seemed to be stuck in grief (considering her HUSBAND died).
i just got my copy the other day and read this one. i loooved it! this is by far the best one out of all the portrait collections. instead of having really bizarrely detailed memories of little things that didn't seem very important to me (like dance lessons, in MA and stacey), abby's memories are actually important things like i would expect her to remember. and did anybody notice how pretty she looks in every single picture? (except the backpack one -- she looks a little crazy.) but especially her birthday picture she looks really pretty.
Post by oldhickory on Sept 25, 2010 15:13:04 GMT -5
i was thinking. do you guys think rachel ever felt guilty that she didn't catch the kiss? if i were in her situation, that's something i could never forgive myself for. obviously she didn't see it when it happened, but i think i remember one of the girs telling her that she missed it. she probably felt that, to some degree, she let him down.
Post by booboobrewer on Sept 25, 2010 19:41:29 GMT -5
Actually I think Abby said she wanted to tell her mother, but decided against it. I'm kind of glad she didn't know; it was sad enough for us, the readers, to know that Jonathan blew her a kiss she didn't see.
Post by oldhickory on Nov 22, 2010 21:59:11 GMT -5
sorry for the double post. i am rereading, and on the morning that their dad died, he warned abby about crossing the street after school because "there are some crazy drivers out there." so sad. i don't know why i didn't catch that before.