The four characters each had a unique perspective based on where they were in their own lives. (Age, maturity, emotional maturity and life experience) It shows how decisions that we make follow us through our lives and how these decisions impact others.
Yes – i appreciated the different perspectives based on age, maturity, generation
I think the four voices kept me from taking sides. No real protagonists or antagonists. It made the story more real.
The point of views showed how many excuses we make for those we love when they are making bad choices. It also showed that at times people are trying to make up for mistakes
Each point of view/story was unique and offered some context for the character’s actions – was helpful to see why they made the choices they did.
I felt like all the characters struggled with the same issue at its core. Self worth. I felt like their bad decisions were the best each could make as they sought approval from others. Once each started to learn to accept themselves for who they were and where they were in life, did life start to turn the corner for each of them.
Yes. Self worth would come from success in life. There was little evident economic successes. Tho Yolanda and other women were portrayed as successful.
Each character is in a different time of life. I think it is important to understand the family’s dynamics and how the develop and grow through the book. Even Yolanda’s trepidation about sharing her diagnosis. Everyone holds secrets.
You could see the generational history and wounds passed on and the attempts to break the cycle. Brianna brings an outside, somewhat privileged perspective.
I think there were ultimately 5 different views, thus the “Five wounds.” Redemption takes a lot of help, willingness to change and education. Negativity has to be reinforced by positive action which was there in the school for the young girls, but little reinforcement in the lives of others. They had to learn the hard way by terrible experience.
Perhaps to show differences in the way people feel and what they let those around them see. The different pressures that come at the different stages of life.
Each of the characters are from a different place in time and can add to the understanding according to each of their experiences
Each person is of another generation and approaches issues differently. It gives the book more substance.