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Part 2: 'Goddess Interrupted' is the opposite of 'The Goddess Test'

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"Goddess Interrupted"

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Kate’s obvious hatred for Persephone and what she did to Henry transforms into a sort of mild respect and understanding for her troubled sister, but Henry’s irrational love for Persephone despite her actions is exasperatingly unreasonable in itself, lengthening the novel considerably and unnecessarily by bringing old news back to life. Moreover, in dealing with the problems surrounding Henry, Kate transforms from being an admirable and compassionate heroine into a whiny, complaining brat of a wife. Although she’s only twenty years old, Kate starts to sound exactly like Bella in the Twilight series, depending solely on an extraordinary man for her happiness and wanting nothing else in life but to have a perfect union with him. It doesn’t help that Kate’s desire for closeness is not limited to the spiritual kind.

Sexuality is made a big part of Goddess Interrupted, which has subsequently shallow effects on the content of the novel. Kate’s main goal in life is somewhere between having Henry’s unconditional love and leaping into bed with him, a fact that is emphasized towards the end of the novel when Kate’s unexpected pregnancy mirrors that of Bella in Breaking Dawn. Kate’s desires overshadow her other emotions; the strong love for her mother that she exhibited in The Goddess Test is no longer visible. With the character of her mother now in the background, Kate’s relationship with Henry is the irritating center of the novel. Henry pushes Kate away so much, emotionally and physically, with his indifference and his cold behavior; this side of Henry conflicts with the ending of The Goddess Test. Aside from the way the author makes romance become a depressing and pathetic soap opera, she also has re-assessed Greek mythology in Goddess Interrupted.

To be continued...

Goddess Interrupted is available in local libraries and bookstores in Fresno, and online.

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