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catefrankie · 5 days ago
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okay things i super enjoyed about the rest of the novel:
the meeting of older penderwick sisters and Ben wherein they try to get him to give up information about Batty and he keeps trying to squirm out of the circle and different sisters keep grabbing him and dragging him back, and then he distracts them by bringing up how awful Oliver is and does such a good job being distracting that the meeting is broken up so that Rosalind can go tell him to leave
Ben has Tommy’s phone number on his stomach and Jane thinks this is a Romantic Sign for Rosalind
Ben’s resigned “I bet I wouldn’t have to go to all these meetings if I had brothers instead of sisters”
Jérôme having a big ol crush on Jane and Jane’s terrible French skills leading to him thinking she had a big ol crush on him too, but actually she just wants to put him in a book
Jeffrey sends Batty back the Hound portrait for her eleventh birthday, the same birthday she gave it to him
Batty couldn’t sing until Jeffrey came back
“getting scolded by Nick was better than getting praised by anyone else”
another Donovan
“astonished pride”
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catefrankie · 7 days ago
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I am reading In Spring a lot slower than I read the first three Penderwicks books. not because I’m not enjoying it as much, because I am! I adore this book! but because I’m just not emotionally prepared to get to That Part
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catefrankie · 7 days ago
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the most crush-worthy man in the Penderwicks universe is Nick Geiger, but he is also the biggest pain in the butt, and the two are one and the same. he shows up and is like “you love me don’t you?”, and you’re like “yes”, and he says “awesome, I devised a fitness regimen just for you. sixty sit-ups. go.“
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catefrankie · 7 days ago
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I am still haunted by the knowledge that Jane Penderwick, sometime between the ages of ten and seventeen, read Jean Paul Sartre. Obviously she was disillusioned enough with him to later use him as an example of a writer with a small heart, but how long did she take to arrive at that conclusion?? Was she walking around the winter of her sixteenth year in black turtlenecks and berets? Was she pestering her sisters about creating their own meaning? Did she repeat dramatically such Sartreisms as “I am condemned to be free” and “Hell is other people”? Did she justify every quirk by saying that she was being authentic?
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catefrankie · 8 days ago
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“I was telling Jérôme about wanting to be a writer, and he said that to be a writer one must have a great heart. At least I think that’s what he said.“
”It’s not necessarily true, anyway,” answered Skye.
“I know. I thought of asking him what about Sartre, but then he was off on something else and I got completely lost. He speaks French so quickly.”
”Because—he’s French.“
This time the end of talking was marked by Jane throwing a pillow at Skye.
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catefrankie · 9 days ago
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...there was a knock at the front door. Mr. Penderwick left to answer it, and came back grumbling.
”Boys for Jane. I asked them their names and they both said Donovan, thinking they could fool me. So I didn’t offer them any pretzels.“
”There are two Donovans,” said Batty.
“Really? Well, I still won’t offer them any pretzels. Locustae, swarming the house and devouring all the snacks.“
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catefrankie · 9 days ago
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“Rafael says there’s also a Celtics team in Scotland, but they play soccer. And that someday the two Celtics teams will play each other, but in a game neither play, like ice hockey or cricket.“
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catefrankie · 9 days ago
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Ben knew about Beatty’s unwritten book reports and expected her to be thrown in school jail any minute.
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catefrankie · 9 days ago
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Instead of going away, the boys were multiplying. Batty couldn’t help thinking they didn’t spread themselves around very well. Surely there were teenage girls right this minute without any boys at all in their houses.
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catefrankie · 9 days ago
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Claire and Turron!!! are married!!!!!!!!
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catefrankie · 9 days ago
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“Rapunzel, Rapunzel,” she said.
”No Rapunzels,” Batty replied sternly. They’d had this conversation dozens of times.
Lydia threw herself down in the crib and closed her eyes. “Snow White is dead. Kiss Snow White, Prince.“
”No royalty at all. If you want to get out of that crib, stand up and be an American.”
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catefrankie · 9 days ago
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page 9. I am already crying.
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catefrankie · 20 days ago
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“I kissed Pearson last December. I told you that.”
“You did not tell me!”
“I thought I did. It was that time I gave him a bloody nose, even better than the one you gave yourself last week.”
“Did you kiss him before or after the bloody nose?”
“Before. He promised he’d finally stop asking me out if I kissed him just once. So I kissed him, then punched him. He didn’t seem to mind.”
“I wish I had your clarity of vision,” said Jane.
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catefrankie · 20 days ago
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“Skye, no one except you believes in the possibility of Batty blowing up.”
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catefrankie · 20 days ago
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“Turron is kindly going to keep Claire company.”
“Because I’m terrified of boats,” added Turron.
“You weren’t supposed to say that, moron,” protested Alec. “Skye is very safety-conscious.”
“Right,” said Turron, grinning. “I’m staying with Claire because I’m leaving Maine tomorrow and would rather spend my last day with her than with any of you.”
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catefrankie · 20 days ago
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Skye tied a ROPE to Batty’s life preserver to pull her out of dangerous situations (ocean or fire)
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catefrankie · 20 days ago
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“You barely know him, Skye,” protested Jane. “I believe he has hidden depths.”
Jeffrey stuffed a potato chip into Skye’s mouth to keep her from commenting on Dominic’s depths.
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catefrankie · 20 days ago
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the problem with being in my late twenties when I read this book for the first time is I keep getting distracted by Aunt Claire. she sprained her ankle and now the two handsome musicians next door are driving her around and cooking for her and carrying her places. the girl is living the life.
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catefrankie · 20 days ago
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when Skye gets so paranoid about impending disasters stalking her family members that Aunt Claire puts Jeffrey temporarily in charge and his solution is to make Skye run back and forth to town seven times and finally she’s too tired to think of things to be irrationally afraid of
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