1. What does living life to the fullest mean to you? any limitations?So without further ado, I bring you a terrific character interview with the main character of the book, Natalie:
I'm still trying to figure out what a full life really is. I used to think it meant having a boyfriend and freedom from my parents. I know now that it goes a lot deeper - inside my heart. When my heart hurts because of things going on around it, I know I'm not living life to the fullest. The only limitation is what I'm able to resist, which is not much.
2. Did being exposed to a fatal disease teach you anything?
I learned that there's nothing permanent. Nothing. It's one thing when your boyfriend breaks up with you, and a whole other when he dies and there's nothing you can do about it. I could have felt helpless with Todd, but then everything we'd have done would have been helpless. That's not living. That's not life.
3. It's been a wild year for you, would you take it back if you could? If you had the opportunity to go through the year minus the craziness Todd and Alex brought, would you?
In the back of my mind, I wonder what it would've been like to have had the boring vacation and then go on to school, meet Alex... have a regular relationship from the start. Not sure that would've worked for me - I became so much more because of Todd. He showed me the garden on the other side of life, and Alex taught me how to grow.
4. Tell me more about your friendship with Cara.
Oh God, she came up to me in grade school - I think it was the first day of 4th grade - and told me how she was going to Hollywood and was an actress and had an agent. Ha! I can tell you, it was more like she had a dream and an attitude to match, but I liked that. She was how I wanted to be, but was afraid to try being. I guess it's like living vicariously through someone else? She's okay with it. Sometimes it feels like the "Cara Show" but she's always there for me. I can't say that about most people.
5. How is living by the beach like? if only we all had that opportunity *sigh*
I must take it for granted. My cousins came down to visit one year and all they wanted to do was walk on the beach, go in the water, and fish on the pier. It was like gold to them, but for me it's a few blocks away. My school is in Long Beach, which is... lol... by the beach! I can't get away from it. Actually, Alex is in Pasadena, which is not near the beach and I'll admit that when I'm up there, I feel strange without the Pacific less than a mile away. I guess I'm a beach bum.
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