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The Lost Girl read-along: Week 2

Last week we read and discussed the first 54 pages of Sangu Mandanna's The Lost Girl. This week we are finishing up part one by reading pages 55-100. Didn't get a chance to share your brilliance last week, or new to the read-along? No worries. You can check out that post HERE.

As you read this week, think about this:

Sean tells Eva that there's nothing wrong with being an echo and that she represents hope. How is Sean's argument true? How is it not true? What else might echoes represent?

For week 3, we will be starting part 2 of The Lost Girl. I will post the discussion questions next Sunday, so check back then to post! Remember, you get 2 entries in the giveaway for every comment you leave on the blog, plus an additional 1 entry for posting on the Facebook page (LINK HERE). So don't be shy! It doesn't matter when you post either, just as long as it's before we finish the book.

Week 1 discussion questions here.

Week 2 discussion questions here.

Week 3 discussion questions here.

Week 4 discussion questions here.


  1. I agree that an echo indeed represents hope. The original's parents know if they lose their child there is "hope" that they can be brought back to them. BUT, an echo replacing an original is still not the original. Its like twins. Alike in many ways, but different in many as well.

  2. On one hand, an echo represents hope, but, in many ways, they represent grief and fear, as well. There reason for existing is the parents' inability to conceive of ever having to let go of a child they lost/may lose. It would be, undoubtedly, on of the hardest things to ever imagine coming to terms with, and the echo is a way of never having to really deal with the grief.
    I'm not saying that's wrong. The temptation to find a way to never lose anyone we love is immense. It is, however, not a fair life for the echo, being thrust into a world that is not theirs. I feel that the complexities of what the echos represent keep unfolding as the story goes on. There are so many levels to consider, but hope, love, grief, and fear are all very prominent to me right now.
    I am really liking how this story is unfolding, and keep finding myself equally intrigued to see Eva become part of Amarra's world, but hoping she flees from it all at the same time.

    -Jaime @ Twisting the Lens

  3. Absolutely! I think that in a sense an echo represents hope for those that want to believe, like Amarra's mother. Her father and brother have different reactions to Eva's presence, and I feel that's it because they are not so quick to accept and believe. So, maybe an echo can be hope, but a person has to want that hope first. Personally, I think I would see an echo as a constant reminder of what was lost. I'm not sure I could have an echo replace a lost child.


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