Sometimes people are afraid to tell me what parts of With a Name Like Love they wanted to be different. Really, I enjoy discussing the novel and never take offense to the opinion and thoughts of others. I find it fun!
Recently, I had someone tell me they were upset by the ending. They wanted the problem "fixed" more. They wanted Jimmy to want something different. They wanted the Love family to offer something (trying not to give it away here, but if you've read the novel you might know what I'm referencing)
I liked hearing this. I appreciated their insight. They made a good point.
The truth is, I considered that ending. I truly did. But, for me, it didn't fit Jimmy as a character.
Here's what I said to this reader -- sometimes people don't want to be fixed. they don't see anything wrong with their situation. Jimmy knows it is not perfect, but he loves what he has and he doesn't want anything different -- even if we as the reader think that would be better.
And, it is true with life. Sometimes, as much as we think people should want better or different or more...they just don't.
And who is to say which is right?
I think this is good to ponder on, especially at this time of year. what do you think?