May 25th
This is the back of the novel I’m starting to read. It sounds interesting from the reviews, but from the first two chapters and a bit of the third, I’m feeling wary.

There’s this doctor working the night shift in this frozen, small town in Maine. The police show up with this captive that they found on the side of the road. She is covered with blood and admits to helping kill someone. The doctor checks her in and is amazed by her youth.

The girl then threatens the doctor with a blade. Apprehensive, she gains his trust by slicing her chest open, which immediately heals, thus forcing him to listen to her story.

Apparently, she’s super old. She comes from when the town was first founded. She talks about having spent all this time with a man she loved since she was a child. His name was Jonathan, and all the women loved him. He was the strongest, most handsome, most wonderful and desired by all ages of women. All men hated him. Anyway, one afternoon after church, the girl goes up to him. They sneak off and kiss and stuff. She’s only 12, him 14, but he gets a boner and swears they’ll spend more time together. They become best friends and are inseparable.

I’m so afraid this is going to head in a Twilight-like direction. Mad, uncontrollable love between undying supernatural creatures. I seriously hope I’m wrong about that, because it sounds like it should be good!

Here’s a choice block quote from the end of the second chapter:

"Nearly every person who came to know Jonathan tried to possess him. This was his curse, and the curse of every person who loved him. But it was like being in love with the sun: brilliant and intoxicating to be near, but impossible to keep to oneself. It was hopeless to love him and it was hopeless not to."

This is the back of the novel I’m starting to read. It sounds interesting from the reviews, but from the first two chapters and a bit of the third, I’m feeling wary.

There’s this doctor working the night shift in this frozen, small town in Maine. The police show up with this captive that they found on the side of the road. She is covered with blood and admits to helping kill someone. The doctor checks her in and is amazed by her youth.

The girl then threatens the doctor with a blade. Apprehensive, she gains his trust by slicing her chest open, which immediately heals, thus forcing him to listen to her story.

Apparently, she’s super old. She comes from when the town was first founded. She talks about having spent all this time with a man she loved since she was a child. His name was Jonathan, and all the women loved him. He was the strongest, most handsome, most wonderful and desired by all ages of women. All men hated him. Anyway, one afternoon after church, the girl goes up to him. They sneak off and kiss and stuff. She’s only 12, him 14, but he gets a boner and swears they’ll spend more time together. They become best friends and are inseparable.

I’m so afraid this is going to head in a Twilight-like direction. Mad, uncontrollable love between undying supernatural creatures. I seriously hope I’m wrong about that, because it sounds like it should be good!

Here’s a choice block quote from the end of the second chapter:

"Nearly every person who came to know Jonathan tried to possess him. This was his curse, and the curse of every person who loved him. But it was like being in love with the sun: brilliant and intoxicating to be near, but impossible to keep to oneself. It was hopeless to love him and it was hopeless not to."

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