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What I find interesting about this dynamic is that it’s not generally how real life works. Our opinions about people do not tend to swing wildly back and forth based on every interaction we have with them. For the most part our interactions with the people we care about don’t tend to end on a definitively positive or definitively negative moments annnnnnd scene. Even when we fight things tend to feel somewhat mixed and muddled.

 

Novels rarely imitate real life.  We have to condense time and space and character, and everything in such a way that we suspend disbelief to the most believable point.  This is why it is an art! 

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One encounter will leave Pudge feeling like Alaska is the greatest girl in the world, the next minute he feels like she’s ignoring him or she’s mean to him, and each time he experiences a swing between positive and negative he feels it that much more acutely than the last time.

 

I agree that this isn't really how relationships work in real life - although, while maybe not quite as dramatic as portrayed in a John Green novel, teenagers often do feel a need to place people into boxes, to love or hate them without nuance. Slowly, we learn that this isn't really possible, but when trying to figure out our relationships with other people - especially if we have romantic attachment to them - we can quickly over-analyze and our feelings can swing pretty dramatically. At least, that's been my experience, as someone who recently exited that age group...

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