This chapter was so good! Well... maybe not for Beth, but it was fun for me to read! I love getting to see where characters come from, especially in a case like Beth's, because she doesn't see her family very much. And for a good reason, too! Though they are still her family, and I can see why she would want to make some effort at seeing them again, I also completely understand why she had to get out of there! Her parents really aren't nice people, and I felt so bad because Beth felt so awkward in her own home. Of all uncomfortable situations a person could be in, I think that's the worst. The people in your family are supposed to be the ones who you're comfortable around, and you should be happy in your home, but poor Beth doesn't have that at all from her parents. Which makes it even better that her friends have become a sort of new family to her, with James acting like a brother and whatnot.
I love the contrast between the two groups, and I think it makes the fact that Beth has left her old life behind stand out even more. Her parents literally know nothing about what she's doing with her life, and she can't tell them about it, which makes me really want to go hug her and let her get everything off her chest!
I also really enjoyed the end with James and Amelia. I really liked seeing how awkward it was for James to talk to Beth's mother, because it shows that even though he and Beth both come from rich pureblood families, their lives at home were completely different.
I loved this chapter, and am slowly but surely making my way through the rest of the story! Even if there are some gaps between reviews, I WILL finish reading and reviewing this trilogy! :D 10/10
Author's Response: I'm glad you liked the chapter! Beth's parents definitely aren't the most pleasant people, but that's part of the reason they're so fun to write -- they are at least interesting. :P They do love their daughter, but I get the impression that it's very hard to show it, and they're definitely more wrapped up in their own personal problems. If I were Beth, I wouldn't want to spend a lot of time around them either, for sure.
I think it would suck so much to have your parents so detached from your life, though -- and you not able to tell them anything about it, either. That's why, like you said, her group of friends is so cathartic, with James being like a stand-in brother for her. ♥ I really do love those boys. I miss writing about them!
James is so nice to stand up to Beth's mother for her, too. I think families like Beth's and Sirius's wouldn't have had high opinions of families like the Potter, who obviously aren't so prejudiced in their thoughts on blood purity. GOOD FOR JAMES. I'm having so many James feels right now. I'll just write him forever, okay?
Please don't worry at all about the time it's taking you to read this! I'm sure you're busy, and you're reading at all and that's fantastic. ♥ Thank you for reviewing!