As I finished chapter two, I did not want to continue reading. The characters were starting to go places I didn’t think were very healthy; Megan especially seemed naive and she and Scott had a level of denial about what they were truly doing. But I continued to read and began to get caught up in the story.
These two young people, Scott and Megan, are trying so hard to please others. Megan wants to please her partner Diane, and Scott is drawn to Megan. As they draw closer physically and emotionally, there is an underlying sense of disbelief as each act they engage in sets a huge chain of events in motion. Scott’s dreams reflect that out-of-control feeling.
Megan wants to be loved, and she says enough about her relationship with Diane that you know she isn’t loved by her. Even a baby doesn’t sway Diane; in fact, she uses the baby to push Megan even further away. The more Scott hears about Diane’s mistreatment of Megan, the more protective he becomes: willing to change his life for her and the life they have created.
At this point, Megan and Scott’s relationship seems to me to mirror many people’s. They find themselves in a situation that surprises them, and the intensity of their feelings about family and life overrides their selfishness. The choices they make are reflecting the knowledge that there is a greater good to strive for, that protecting and caring for a new life is a priority. Each of them is willing to make better decisions now that they are not only thinking about themselves. I found it so poignant that though Megan really did not want a baby to begin with she does not consider abortion an option even when she loses everything.
Both Megan and Scott struck me with how naive they are about life. It reminds me of myself when I was young and getting married. I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into, except I was sure it would be perfect and easy and fun. As the story progresses, Megan and Scott grow in their friendship and commitment to one another. It is amazing to me how much Scott is willing to do to take care of Megan.
These two people are in a very difficult and troubling situation. They have, in a sense, been thrown together trying to please another person and now have no one to turn to but each other. Now they decide to make their relationship official and legal for the sake of the baby. At this point, while I see the practical purpose it serves, I wonder if will work out for the best.
To Ponder, Reflect, and Discuss:
- Have you ever been in a situation where you sense there are problems in a friend’s relationship with parent/spouse/child? Were you able to do something to help?
- Megan’s situation with Diane and her job are becoming increasingly difficult. Scott is growing much more concerned as Megan discloses her troubles. Why do you think Scott is so concerned?
- Scott dreams throughout the story. Do your dreams ever point to things that are happening in your life? Do they give you insight into your behavior or possible solutions to problems?
- Megan and Scott’s relationship is totally changing, probably in ways they never expected. In your own life, has helping a friend ever moved your relationship to one that is like family?
Feel free to comment on your own thoughts from this week’s reading, your impressions and reflections, and/or your answers to these questions.
Next week, we’ll cover Chapters 7-8. For the complete reading schedule and information about our Book Club, visit the Accidental Marriage Book Club page.
Copyright 2014 Deanna Bartalini