Welcome to Week 3 of the Online Book Club discussion of Run, Rose, Run.
This was another crazy and exciting section, wasn't it?
Are you feeling a connection to any of the characters? Who do you think is your favorite to read about? I found myself wanting to know more about Ruthanna more than AnnieLee. I think I was just frustrated throughout this section because I didn't know enough about AnnieLee and I was frustrated by all of her secrets.
One thing I thought was a little unbelievable was the way that AnnieLee was able to win over everyone as soon as she sang, even if she had been challenging or disrespectful to them. That happened at least twice in this section, and I just had a hard time believing it. I know talent is intoxicating, and I'm sure the people she was interacting with saw dollar signs when they looked at her, but I really can't imagine that people can just be a jerk and other people will want to work with them. Maybe I'm just being naive! Are you curious about the "Driven" song that AnnieLee keeps singing in this section? Check out the video below if you'd like to hear Dolly Parton sing the song.
Were you surprised by the revelation about the death of Ruthanna's daughter? I thought it was a little unfair that Ruthanna blamed Mikey Shumer for her daughter's death. It's not like Mikey was the one who supplied her with drugs and alcohol. Do you think Ruthanna was unfair to blame Mikey? Did you feel like you understood Ruthanna's motivation more once you heard about her daughter's death?
It's driving me crazy that I can't figure out why so many men are after AnnieLee. She's getting attacked, but it seems like the attackers just want to scare her a little bit? Do you think AnnieLee is a murderer or something? What kind of rules did she break? The only thing I can think is that she was in some sort of gang and escaped? I just don't understand what's going on. And it's really frustrating. I feel like Ethan and how he's so upset that AnnieLee doesn't share anything with him.
At the end of this section, AnnieLee and Ethan are having a connection on tour, and AnnieLee is planning on singing with Ruthanna in Las Vegas. Do you think Las Vegas is where all of the drama will unfold? Is that where AnnieLee is going to throw herself off of a balcony? What do you think is going to happen next?
Before you go, check out this video in which James Patterson explains his writing process. What do you think of all of his story ideas in those big drawers?
I can't wait to hear your ideas about this section in the comments! I hope you're enjoying the book so far and are excited to finish the book for next week!