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Crush. Candy. Corpse. - Discussion Question

February 20th, 2013 by Kendra Martin

Students are reading the Red Maple nominated books now, including Sylvia McNicoll's Crush. Candy. Corpse. Provoke discussion with this question, one we asked author Sylvia McNicoll to answer below.

“Is Sunny an honest character?”

Sylvia McNicoll: One editor turned down Crush. Candy. Corpse. because she felt too uncomfortable with the main character’s lying, but a reader recently wrote to say Sunny was the most honest character she knew.  Both reactions are true and valid. 

Like Sunny I feel that honesty can be overrated, keeping promises and confidences that are harmful for example.  Giving someone a response that causes them to lose hope, is another. When my mother spiraled downwards due to Alzheimer’s Disease, I answered her question about being able to visit Germany again,  truthfully with “Absolutely not.” I should have said something gentler, like  “Of course you can.  As soon as you’re able to get out bed.”   Then there can be a million other minor and major lies that we have to weigh telling:  “Do you like my haircut?”  “Are you under  (or over) 16,  (what ever gets you the best discount or into the venue at the lowest price.) “Did you finish your homework?”  “Are you seeing that boy again?” 

Is Sunny true to herself?  Does she have morals?  Is she guilty of manslaughter, legally or morally?  These are the questions I’m hoping readers ask themselves.


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