Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margie Stohl
9.14 The Real Boo Radley
Written by Krystal

It was Sunday night and Ethan was rereading The Catcher in the Rye, but unable to do so. His mind was cluttered with the locket, fire, and voices. He called out to Lena and she answered him. They discussed what’s going on and who they could talk to before wishing each other goodnight. One thing was for sure, Ethan needed to focus on other things if she could jump into his head whenever.

Ethan was drowning and Lena was calling out to him; it was her birthday and whatever that meant was happening. He awoke to find himself covered in water and Amma calling his name. He headed down for breakfast where Amma gave him some spiteful words; she was still mad at him, that was obvious. He apologizes and she warns him once again to stay away from Lena before he heads off for school.

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Memorable Quotes:

Lena: Guys. You think everything is about you. Maybe I just like that book. (Page 103)

Ethan: I hoped she couldn’t read all my thoughts.
Basketball. I was definitely going to have to spend more time thinking about basketball. (Page 104)

Link: “Well? Is it true? Did she?”
Ethan: “Did she what?”
Link: “You know. Fall outta the crazy tree and hit every branch on the way down?” (Page 108)

Ethan: The Gatlin County head librarian, Marian Ashcroft, was my mom’s oldest friend, the second smartest historian in Gatlin next to my mom, and until last year, her research partner. (Page 117-118)

Macon: “Well, that’s one I don’t hear often. And I do hate to disappoint, as I am nothing if not a Southern gentleman.” (Page 120)

Macon: “Speaking of hospitality, Lena, your cousins are coming out for the Gathering Days. Let’s remember to tell House and Kitchen we will be five more.”
Lena: Lena look irritated. “I will tell the kitchen staff and the house keepers. if that’s what you mean, Uncle M.” (Page 125)

Macon: “Five months. Do you know what lengths I will go to, to keep her safe for five months? What it will cost me? How it will drain me, perhaps, destroy me?” (Page 131)

Questions for discussion:

Why do you think Amma freaked out when she saw the locket?

What did she mean by he’s not ready?

Were you surprised to learn that Ethan has a great-great-great uncle that was married to the girl Genevieve?

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