"Riders" at the end of the novel.

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"Riders" at the end of the novel.

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Would you consider the topics at the end about women's health, and the like, needless "riders"
that should not be included?
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I really didn't see a point for them. It's a work of fiction and not required for the genre.
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Letora wrote:
25 Jul 2019, 08:49
I really didn't see a point for them. It's a work of fiction and not required for the genre.
Yes, these would tend to make the novel a "self-help" book.
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I was particularly annoyed by them, actually. Not only are they unnecessary, but they have an implication that it's normal for a woman to be in the situation Cynthia was; almost as if the author was positing that it was modeled after a true story. And while I am sure women get into situations similarly and otherwise, I definitely would not normalize the situation that Cynthia was in by giving out resources as if I were writing a self-help book.

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kristib44 wrote:
25 Jul 2019, 11:36
I was particularly annoyed by them, actually. Not only are they unnecessary, but they have an implication that it's normal for a woman to be in the situation Cynthia was; almost as if the author was positing that it was modeled after a true story. And while I am sure women get into situations similarly and otherwise, I definitely would not normalize the situation that Cynthia was in by giving out resources as if I were writing a self-help book.
The glaring "hamartia" of the author is in making the novel behave as an instructional manual for women's health.
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I just thought it was so odd and didn’t really fit with the book. It seemed like the author had a hard time picking which story they wanted to tell, which genre they wanted to write.

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Nicole_Boyd wrote:
26 Jul 2019, 16:42
I just thought it was so odd and didn’t really fit with the book. It seemed like the author had a hard time picking which story they wanted to tell, which genre they wanted to write.
My thoughts exactly.
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It wasnt really neccesary for it seemed like it was only meant for women and their health.

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ernest kafuna wrote:
02 Aug 2019, 13:19
It wasnt really neccesary for it seemed like it was only meant for women and their health.
It was like meant for another book, maybe, Women's Wellness.
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I don't really think its necessary. That part seemed off-point.

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Anthony__ wrote:
21 Aug 2019, 15:49
I don't really think its necessary. That part seemed off-point.
Exactly my point. That part has to say goodbye.
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I think the glossary was fine, but I couldn't find the point of putting loose ends and detailed description of the abortion pills and the rest. By pointing out the loose ends the author seem to acknowledge that she is aware of them but mere acknowledgement does not satiate the reader's desire of a good plot. Also I wish she had made the nerd squad female in keeping with her female bias. Then, one of them could have hooked up with Glenn.

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Ub_10 wrote:
30 Nov 2019, 04:38
I think the glossary was fine, but I couldn't find the point of putting loose ends and detailed description of the abortion pills and the rest. By pointing out the loose ends the author seem to acknowledge that she is aware of them but mere acknowledgement does not satiate the reader's desire of a good plot. Also I wish she had made the nerd squad female in keeping with her female bias. Then, one of them could have hooked up with Glenn.
Haha, you have such keen observation. I am amused by your suggestion. Nice point.
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Ub_10 wrote:
30 Nov 2019, 04:38
I think the glossary was fine, but I couldn't find the point of putting loose ends and detailed description of the abortion pills and the rest. By pointing out the loose ends the author seem to acknowledge that she is aware of them but mere acknowledgement does not satiate the reader's desire of a good plot. Also I wish she had made the nerd squad female in keeping with her female bias. Then, one of them could have hooked up with Glenn.
Haha, you have such keen observation. I am amused by your suggestion. Nice point.
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Ub_10 wrote:
30 Nov 2019, 04:38
I think the glossary was fine, but I couldn't find the point of putting loose ends and detailed description of the abortion pills and the rest. By pointing out the loose ends the author seem to acknowledge that she is aware of them but mere acknowledgement does not satiate the reader's desire of a good plot. Also I wish she had made the nerd squad female in keeping with her female bias. Then, one of them could have hooked up with Glenn.
I like this idea!

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