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I took chapters 9-16 rather personally. These chapters described how Julia was putting up with the troubles of growing up, alongside the problems of the world sized catastrophe taking place. One thing that struck a rather harsh cord with me was a paragraph in chapter ten. In this chapter Julia describes how her friendships are deteriorating as she's growing older. I have experienced this as well, I have had to leave behind a few friends because they refuse to grow up.
I agree wholeheartedly with Walker's description of these "Coming of age feelings". She does a rather amazing job of capturing these abstract feelings in her writing. I had a rather surreal experience with these chapters because in one of the paragraphs of chapter ten had described a situation I had experienced before nigh perfectly. Julia describes that she feels a small sense of security knowing that her image could be preserved in time because of the passage of light. I too have felt the exact same thing before, and i feel a rather deep connection with this description because of it.
One thing that i'm sure I would have done differently is how she had interacted with her friend Gabby. If it had been me I would've Immediately brought the "tattoos" to her parents attention, Especially if that was my friend because she could permanently hurt herself by doing that. To be truthful I rather loved these chapters, and I found quite a lot of things that I could connect to in chapter ten. I look forward to reading more of this story.