Happy New Year guys! To start off 2017, I am going to answer an email I received. It was sent to me by Carson (I hope you see this, Carson), and because it was sent from a school account, I cannot reply. So, Carson asked: I really liked Bowen’s point of the story. What was his point of the story when he knew he had to protect his family? Where did his dad go? Did he ever think about Fiona before seeing her again? Did he fall in love with any girl before Fiona?
My reply (and warning, it has STUNG spoilers):
Let me answer your questions. Bowen’s dad was a total bum and loser who put his own desires above taking care of his family—even before the bee plague started. So when things got bad, he took of instead of doing the right thing and standing up for his family. Bowen’s older brother was like his dad (he learned by example) and so he also ditched Bowen and their mom. So Bowen actually chose to do the right thing against all the odds that he would also follow in his dad’s footsteps. He broke the pattern that he was born into and CHANGED, was DIFFERENT than the example his parents (mostly his dad) set, and became a better person. But I guarantee you, it was the harder path to choose. Becoming a better person than you are means making a lot of hard choices. So that answers your first and second questions.
As for Fiona, yes he still thought about her all the time. Even after everything changed, he always heard her music in his head—even learned to play the classical music that she played on his guitar. He assumed she was either dead or comatose inside of the wall, but when she stumbled into his life again, he still had feelings for her. But getting to know her again, he fell all the way in love with her. As for Bowen liking any girls before Fiona or while she was in a coma: he had crushes on girls he’d see living behind the wall, but he couldn’t do anything about that.
So there you go. A glimpse into Bowen’s psyche.
Also, here is my New Year’s picture, with my hair grown out and crazy (oh yeah, I’m the girl. The dude is my husband). So this is what I look like now (there was some confusion at a conference I went to in October! HA ha ha! They were expecting short, sleek hair, no glasses, and instead they got . . .)