One thing I realized through several reviews and talks with friends who’ve read the books: There seems to be a special irritation women feel with Danielle and the fact that she doesn’t just fall into Joes arms and forgives him.
Some call her stupid, some weak, low self-esteem….
I can’t follow. Really.
And I want to ask these women one thing: If you were in Danielle’s shoes (and I’ve been there!), would you seriously just fling yourself at him again?
Maybe I made a mistake by writing the book with a lot of insight into Joe’s thoughts and feelings – so much, in fact, that female readers fall for him in a heartbeat.
In Danielle’s shoes you’d be extremely scared, I guarantee you that. He’s hurt you once… And he’s cool and good-looking and he’s here. And you know exactly that he’s still your one, big weakness. Even though, generally, you’re everything but weak.
Anyway, whenever feelings are involved, the smartest, most focused people lose their composure. And to me, Danielle is great. And she does love him. It just takes a while to allow it…
So, if you hate Danielle, please feel free to let me know how you would have behaved in her place. Realistically! I’d really love to know.