Oh. My. Dear. Merlin. I have done it. I'm your 100th reviewer!
Am I too crazy for grinning at my computer screen like a dopey loon? Meh, I don't care, cause i'm so glad right now...
First of all, Hope, gotta bone to pick with you... Couldn't you save your door-banging entrance for just One. More. Minute? They were legit so close to kissing... Curse you, really. Curse you!
Second, those lyrics were just... Wow. Can you tell your brother from me that they were the most beautiful and moving words i've ever read. And when I read that they were written after a friend's suicide, it literally brought tears to my eyes.
On the God issue, I think it was very well described. I don't think anyone can be offended by James and Val's conversation on the topic, because your way of writing it was very touching. There are some authors who just downright discriminate against a particular religion or God, but honestly, I just can't imagine anyone who reads this would say you're offending them, because you've made it a pretty clear part of Val's life story, and not your personal veiwpoint. I commend you.
And finally, James... My God, boy. Just when I think that you possibly can't get any better, you just surprise me. The way he 'opened Val's eyes and wiped away her denial' left me awe-struck. This, in the true sense of the phrase, is James helping Val find her Faith. Epic, just epic...
Val's words, James is my Joy, almost killed me dead with joy. I'm so glad she's found her faith, joy, trust, happiness, etc. etc. again. Because she deserves it.
I'll not, as usual, tell you to update soon. Take your time perfectin this perfection, taking it to the zenith of immaculate. Because with each chapter you update, I realise that we're coming closer to this story's end. And I never want it to end...
Forever and ever your greatest fan,
Author's Response: ...I think this review just killed me with it's sheer level of awesome.
Okay, false alarm. I'm alive.
But really. That was one of the nicest, most thoughtful, and inciteful reviews anyone has ever left me. What a review to have as my 100th, huh? By the way, congrats on that :)
Hee hee. I felt so evil having Hope show up then. I knew from the start of the chapter that would happen. Believe me, I have James and Val's first kiss all planned out - it'll be worth the wait. Not that I'm going to tell you when it happens. It might be next chapter or it could be seven chapters from now. You just have to wait and see.
I'll be sure to pass the message along. Needless to say, I cried like a baby when I first heard him sing it. Which, as someone who doesn't cry very often, is a big deal.
Thank you. The last thing I want to do is offend people. I, personally, think that everyone should be open-minded about what other people believe. We shouldn't have to hide it and worry about upsetting people. But not everyone feels that way, so I knew I had to be careful. Because this really was an integral part of the story.
James, I think, is someone who is mature beyond his years. He is based on a close friend of mine who just has the way of helping people that baffles my mind.
That was my favorite line in the chapter :)
Aw, thank you so much. I'm going to be updating Choices next, but Chapter 19 should quickly follow. And don't worry - Val still has quite a bit left to her story before it can end.
You are wonderful and I love your reviews. Thank you so much.