Jess has a job interview with Dr. Kate of iLoveULab, who plans to create perfect matches by analyzing clients’ brain chemistry. But what happens when Marcus and Hope conspire to keep secrets from Jess? Why wouldn’t they tell Jess? It’s never even occurred to Jess to think of Marcus and Hope of having a past beyond Heath’s death and drug addiction, and she would never push that painful topic. And neither Hope nor Marcus has ever wanted to bring up their shared history with Jess. Until Jess’s current living arrangement, the three of them have never spent much time together, so it’s been easy enough to avoid. By keeping their childhood friendship a secret, Marcus and Hope have given the relationship more significance than it otherwise might have had.
It also boggles my mind that Hope needs to tell Jess that nothing happened with Marcus, especially since Jess notes that this emotional betrayal is worse than anything physical ever could have been. Even though Hope has a larger presence in this novel, I still have trouble understanding their friendship. It’s always been more tell than show, which is part of the problem. Jessica transcribes the low part of the conversation with Hope, but summarizes the rest. And in the preceding scene, where Jess learns about Hope and Marcus’s childhood friendship, Manda plays a more prominent role than Hope. Hope’s presence should be larger than life, but she seems lackluster.
As I work on this post, I’m watching Witches of East End, a show on Lifetime based on a book series by Melissa de la Cruz. I’m obsessed with this show—it’s soapy and awesome. Two sisters with great names, Freya (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston aka Beth from American Dreams), find out that they’re witches and that they’ve lived, died, and been reborn for centuries. Freya can’t decide between a hot doctor and his black sheep brother! Ingrid is a librarian! Freddie Prinze Jr. guest stars in an episode as a lepidopterist (butterfly scientist)!