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July 25, 2013


Heather Hejduk

It took a lot of willpower to stop after two chapters and not read the last two until after you posted this today.

Enna's story is lovely. I would suppose those who said that her story and the fact that the women bared their breasts to their *husbands* ruined the book are also the type who won't go to an art museum because there are nude paintings and sculptures there.

The first time I read Goose Girl I was totally shocked when Geric turned out to be the prince. I was hoping he was, though. Rereading I see all the clues. I must say he annoyed me greatly when he didn't seem to totally believe Ani and was kind of irritated she lied to him. He lied to her too!


I suspected he was the prince from the start, because hey, Ani is a princess in disguise, too! I think it's beautiful how both of them are doing exactly the same thing, but for different reasons. I think the breast problem was due to the fact that the women showing their breasts to their husbands suggested something sexual. It didn't bother me at all however. I think it's a great story as it adds to the uniqueness of Bayern culture.


I possess no such will power - I finished the book about a week ago haha.

Ani changed so much over the course of the story - when you first started did you have a clear idea of who she was and what her character development would be? Or did she keep changing with each draft, finally emerging between the words?


I never knew that he was the prince! Never never never for a second. I think I probably wanted to fall on the floor from excitement at the moment of discovery.

My college roommate heard me talking about your beautiful books (and blog!) all year, and recently read Goose Girl. I got all manner of excited, all-caps texts regarding Geric.

I first read Goose Girl some seven or eight years ago around the age of twelve, and have read it multiple times since then. The same goes for Princess Academy, the Books of Bayern, Actor/Housewife, Austenland, Midnight in Austenland, and Book of a Thousand Days (I was in Germany several years ago and picked up a copy of BoaTD in German--that was fun!). I read Actor/Housewife for the first time on a plane (and wondered if I was disturbing those around me while I laughed hysterically and then, possibly, wept). When I arrived home, I read it aloud to my mother. I read it multiple times within the first year of owning it, and each reread is still so much fun. There's something beautiful about coming back to a familiar story, being surprised by moments you've forgotten and catching ones you never noticed before.


I love your answer to the women going to war criticisms. Thank you, thank you.

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