Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margie Stohl
9.11 Collision
Written by Krystal

By the time Ethan arrived to the car he was soaking wet as the storm had finally reached its peak. As lightning struck and the radio went to static, Ethan heard Sixteen Moon playing softly. As he drove on the storm got worse until the Beater began to fishtail and he slammed on the brakes. The car barreled out of control and as it spun the headlight illuminated someone on the road. He pulled the wheel as hard as he could and waited for the impact that never came.

The car had come to a halt just in front of Lena Duchannes. Ethan got out of the car and as he approached he smelt it, wet lemons and rosemary, her smell. The dream flooded his mind and as the girl slipped through his finger, he saw her face, Lena’s face. He grabbed her wrist and looked at the tiny moon-shaped scratches he remembered in his dream and as they touched electricity ran through his body. It was definitely her.

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Memorable Quotes:

Ethan: I couldn’t breathe. I knew she had green eyes; I’d seen them before. But tonight they looked different – different from any eyes I had ever seen. (Page 43)

Ethan: Lena’s hair whipped in the wind around her, dripping with rain. I took a step toward her, and it hit me. Wet lemons. Wet Rosemary. All at once, the dream started coming back to me, like waves crashing over my head. Only this time, when she slipped through my fingers – I could see her face. (Page 43)

Ethan: “I’ll drive like my grandma. I’ll drive like your grandma.”
Lena: “You wouldn’t say that if you knew my gramma.” (Page 45)

Lena: She spoke first. “Thanks, I guess.”
Ethan: “For not running you down?”
Lena: She smiled. “Yeah, that. And the ride.” (Page 49-50)

Questions for discussion:

What did you find interesting about this chapter? How does it help progress the story?

If Ethan dream’s about Lena, then it’s possible she dreams about him. If that is the case, why does she not recognize him? Do you think she is hiding something?

Why do you think Lena looked different during the storm, was it because she was all wet or is there possibly something more to it? Why didn’t he run into her?

Is there something you noticed in this chapter that you’d like to discuss with the book club?

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