Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

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Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:25 am

Let's discuss the character of Chloe.
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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby trygirl » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:04 pm

I really enjoyed Chloe in the story. The character is smart, brave, and pleasing. You definitely won't see her are the damsel in distress. But I wouldn't call her the girl next door either. Almost because you expect her to not come off like a shrinking violet or the one who always needs to be rescued by a man, or in this case, two young boys. Her mother is a doctor, so we know Chloe has been exposed to strong females. I laughed when reading her thoughts on her step brother's chauvinistic feelings about women. I believe she's a kind of mother figure to her brothers. A great example is the Vale of Mirrors, she tells the youngest brother don’t look but in turn looks. It's the old, "do as I say, not as I do" adage, just like a mother or parent. She wants to protect her family and get home but the question is how.
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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby Theresa » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:44 pm

How could you not like a girl who carries a list of her favorite books with her? ;-)

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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby Bix » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:16 pm

So true, Theresa! And I'm with you, trygirl, in admiring Chloe a great deal. She is fearless and smart and brave and positive. I can just see Johnny and Lily-Rose discussing Chloe's adventures. I think she is a beautifully written character with just enough flaws to be perfectly real, but with none of the whiny clinginess (sp?) we often get in our female characters. She loves her brother and is coming to care for Jordy, but she doesn't necessarily revert to the Mother role. She shows concern and she helps them when she needs to, but we don't feel it is her only role. I think Chloe was very much her own person in the adventures of the three siblings and I like her a great deal.
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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby deppaura » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:24 pm

Her charm and mature concern for those other than her immediate family members was impressive...i.e., Mr. Grantham and the family of Sarah...I particularly enjoyed her during the hang gliding incident. It felt like her ultimate challenge. I imagined being her during that time.

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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby nebraska » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:54 pm

I agree, I liked Chloe a lot. She seemed kind and smart and mature for her years. I especially liked the way she won over Mr. Grantham in the garden. I second everything that has been said about her so far.

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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:08 pm

Agreed on all counts. She was very much a people person and seemed to be able to tune in and make people feel at ease. She was a very well drawn character.
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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby Liz » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:40 pm

I agree with what everyone has said about Chloe. I kept thinking through the entire book that I wish my daughter cared for her older bro as much as Chloe cared for her little brother. And then a miracle happened. My 2 kids started becoming friends while I was reading this book. :cloud9:
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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby gemini » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:23 pm

Well, someone who in their own words is known for charming the socks off of people, certainly is doing something right. She has a gift and tries to use it to do good. She took an interest in Mr. Granthams life story and encouraged him to talk about it which is unusual for a child. She realized he wanted to relive a bit of his past through the watch and volunteers to get it for him. She as well as her brothers seem to be fearless and adamant about keeping their promises. The way she is with her brothers show that she is no wallflower and considers herself their equal as well as a loving sister.
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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby fansmom » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:28 pm

Chloe's compassion and strength are two of the reasons I would recommend this book to tween girls. She's a lovely role model.

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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby ladylinn » Thu Sep 10, 2009 1:16 pm

I agree with all that has been written here. Chloe is definately a role model. She was strong when she had to be and never lost her head in difficult situations. I enjoyed her way of winning over Mr. Grantham and really felt her winning over her brothers was the only was the children escaped their many trials. She was definately the strongest character.

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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby Garry » Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:12 am

You guys have hit the nail on the head almost with every comment. Chloe is the brains of the operation and the most intuitive when it comes to feelings. As you know these characters are named after my grandchildren and there's something of their real characters in the fictional ones. Jordy is very sporty, plays rugby and cricket well for his school. Alex is thoughtful, an engineer by heart, but has learning difficulties when it comes to reading and writing. Chloe is brightest and a sheepdog. She keeps the herd together.

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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby Liz » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:20 am

Garry wrote:Chloe is brightest and a sheepdog. She keeps the herd together.

Garry, I like that analogy. :cool:
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Re: Attica Question #2 ~ Chloe

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:32 am

Having been owned once by a border collie I can appreciate that thought! :lol: How special for your grandchildren to be characters in their granddad's novel! :goodvibes:
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -

Wow! What a ride!


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