July 13, 2021
Top Ten Tuesday: Did You Like the Ending?
I’m linking up today with That Artsy Reader Girl. The prompt for today is “Book Titles That Ask Questions.” Hummmm…..I looked through my list and I’ve got nothing! Since I don’t enjoy creating posts with randomly chosen covers or titles, I’m SPINNING this topic into my own question: “Did You Like the Ending?” (Jumping off a previous discussion post: What is a Good Ending?)
Do you love or loathe ambiguous endings?
Which books have you read that leave you wanting more?
I’m Ok with open-ended stories as long as the author leaves some breadcrumbs or inferences upon which I can draw my own conclusion. I loved ALL the following stories, but I wanted more from the endings in each case.
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I really need an epilogue for this story! (my best read of 2020) Did Adunni receive her education? Did she become a teacher? What influence did she have with her “louding voice?” Did she mentor other girls? This story could easily benefit from a followup.
I’m absolutely interested in a sequel that expressly deals with the father/son relationship. We are left with HOPE, but I need to see this play out! I read A Place For Us over three years ago and still think about the last part from the father’s perspective!
Some readers and reviewers were frustrated with the open-ended conclusion for this story. In my opinion, the author dropped enough clues that I was able to cobble together an imaginary future for the characters. But I did have to reread the last few pages a couple of times to pick up all the inferences. This story could easily use a sequel.
What are the THREE words is what I NEED to know! This story could easily use a sequel. I loved the story when I read it, but since then reviewers have pointed out several racist microaggressions in the content. I didn’t notice them at the time, but I certainly appreciate readers who have pointed them out. I’m sorry if the mention of this story offends anyone.
In this book, I was satisfied with the ending (especially with the extra information in the author’s notes), but I was left with questions about Belle’s family. Did the mother and siblings continue to live as white? Did everyone in the entire family keep the secret their entire lives? It seems that one slip in this “high stakes” plan would have affected every person in the family.
(do not read if you haven’t read the book)
I need to know if Ryland returns to Earth. I think maybe he does….out of scientific curiosity perhaps (because it didn’t seem like he had that many relationships to return for). The ending was satisfactory, but this story could use an epilogue. (by the way….I definitely recommend the audio for this one!)
Although the ending in this story is satisfactory from the perspective of the main character, Hedy, I really wish more had been told about Dorothea in the epilogue. A google search reveals that Dorothea was given a posthumous award from the state of Israel for helping Jews survive the Holocaust, but the epilogue doesn’t mention this. I think an epilogue including Dorothea would’ve been meaningful.
Oh I love these stories and Ada! They are two of my favorite and most recommended Middle Grade stories. The endings are fabulous in each one; however, I really wish that Bradley had written a third book….perhaps a YA version of Ada. I need to know so much more about Ada’s future!
Honestly, the ending of this story was a bit unsatisfactory for me. I was hoping for more reconciliation and a better future relationship between the sisters. However, I do realize that this is a realistic ending….many siblings are estranged and live separate lives.
I was somewhat dissatisfied with the ending and didn’t agree with her decision. I wonder how this turned out for her?
Do you share any of my feelings about unsatisfactory endings or endings that need more? What is your number one book that needs a different or better ending?
Related: What is a Good Ending
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