I'm so happy that Book Beginnings and Bookends is back! I love the idea of a little blogger book club, and am thrilled to participate again. This time we're reading Ape House by Sara Gruen, who is also the author of they very popular Water for Elephants.
I really love this book, and although I'm a bad book club member who already finished the book, I'm making sure I revisit the chapters and how I felt at that point in the story. I promise not to give anything away! : )
I'm very unsure about how their relationship will play out, but it seems as though John has a bit of a thing for Isabel. It may just be that he's fascinated and impressed by her work with the bonobos, but I think Gruen definitely wants us to think that something could happen between them.
4. How do you think Isabel will respond to the apes being taken?
I think she will absolutely lose it because the apes are her family, and she has such a deep bond with them. I think it will make her crazy to not know where they are or how they're being taken care of. I think she'll do almost anything she can to get them back.
5. Do you think Celia is part of the team that ambushed the learning center?
Not really, she seemed to have such a good relationship with the apes, and the fact that Isabel trusted her with them in the first place speaks volumes. For some reason I don't really see her having a role in the explosion. I think the fact that Celia left right before the ambush is strictly a coincidence.
6. What are your thoughts on John and his relationship with Amanda?
Their relationship seems a little unstable to me, although it's very clear they love each other very much. This might have to do with the feeling I got from John and Isabel at the beginning, but Amanda is just so fragile. I think John does a fantastic job of supporting her despite her insecurity issues, but when she gets the job in LA I have a strong feeling it's a sign of trouble for them. I think the distance will be really hard on them.
I can't wait to see what some of the other bloggers thought!