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Review:Maelody says:
Alright, sorry I didn't leave reviews on the first four chapters, but I'm a bit story busy here! lol

SURPRISE! This is a treat to you because, even though you may not know it, you're the one who got me to thinking about joining HPPC and I've thoroughly enjoyed myself over there and the new friends I've been making. SO, in my own special way of thanking you, I decided to pick one of your stories and read/review it! Ding ding ding ding! This one was the lucky winner! :D

I like the take you have on the teacher. I think I read in your 'About Me' (yes, because I'm THAT creepy...) that you used to be a teacher, so I think it's really cool that you go back and reflect that upon this story. I think it's really cool because I'm also going through a phase where I'm going to school to become a teacher, but I just really don't think I want to be a teacher anymore, so I'm finding it VERY easy to relate with Emily! :D

A quick side note, I LOVE Gennifer Goodwin (I think that's how you spell her first name) For your character! She honestly fits and I do believe I would have imagined her as Emily even if she weren't in your banner. She is such a lovely fit and I can imagine her so easily!

Anyway, I like how you flow in this story. It doesn't drag on by explaining detail after detail in a current situation, but goes back in flashbacks or mentions the past in a quick way that makes it easy to understand and follow. I also like that her past crush is there for her New Year's "kiss". It makes me hope that he can help her remember who she once was as a young girl who is now a young woman.

Personally, I think a little more happened with Ceddy and her than we are lead to believe. She is really having some serious PTSD about the whole thing, and unless their friendship was just THAT close, I can't help but think maybe there really WAS a secret relationship going on for a large or small amount of time.

Anyway, I just thought I'd pop by to let you know you have another reader who really enjoys the story you have created so far and I plan on reading the rest of what you come up with! It's beautifully written and very fun to read. Great job and I can't wait to read more!

Author's Response: Ah! Thank you so much for the review! I was so excited to see this :) I'm glad you're enjoying HPPC too!

I first came up with this idea about 18 months ago when I was still teaching and I wrote half of the first chapter and then abandoned it until recently and decided on a slightly different direction. But Its definitely an advantage having that 'inside knowledge' about teaching to help make Emily's experiences more realistic. The hardest part is to make it real without making it boring! lol :P

Ginnifer Goodwin is almost exactly how I imagine Emily in my head. I reckon she must have been floating around in my subconscious or something (I love her as an actress) because I had this image of Emily and then a few weeks ago I was watching one of her movies and I was just like "Oh my stars...it's her!" And the banner is just gorgeous, it's so perfect for the story.

In keeping with the whole 'realism' concept, I'm planning on Emily's journey to recovery to involve various people and events. Originally, Timothy was going to be the one to swoop in and save her but then I decided that idea was stupid, so he's been downgraded to just a piece of the puzzle, but he's definitely going to become a part of Emily's life :)

I don't want to give too much away, but Cedric is more of a symbol in Emily's life than anything else. His death was the first trauma Emily experienced which is part of the reason why it affects her so much. But they also had a pretty close bond too, which is why it was such a trauma in the first place.

Thanks again for the review, I'm glad you're enjoying the story. I'll try to have a new chapter up soon :)


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