Lauren has a dream in the first chapter about flying and facing a major obstacle. Describe this dream, and then explain its symbolism in the context of the novel. What themes does this dream foreshadow?
Lauren and others acquire "hyperempathy syndrome", which makes them feel both the pleasure and pain of those around them.
a. How does this syndrome affect the lives of those who have it?
b. What are the drawbacks and what are the benefits?
c. What is the effect of knowing that she contracts the disease from her drug-abusing mother? Does it make the disease seem more like a curse and less like a "superpower"?
d. How does having this syndrome affect your relationships with others?
e. Do you think the syndrome is real or that the sensations are illusions? Explain, based on evidence from the text?
Lauren rejects her Baptist upbringing with her more...
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