My prediction? “Prediction: Splendors and Glooms just seems more like Billingsley’s type of book, for some reason. We’ll see!”
OK. I am giggling madly here, because, and you just will. not. believe. it, but, let’s cut to the chase: “I have to go on my gut, choose what I would have loved most as a kid—that kid who was an unabashed lover of the gothic. That kid who loved rough winds and intemperance and doors that really lock. And so the grownup version of her reaches out and, reluctantly, with many second thoughts, chooses Splendors and Glooms.”
Who cares about second thoughts? A choice is a choice and you chose your choice and I was right about what type of book Franny Billingsley would like, or should I say “loved most as a kid“.
Now, yeah, go read the rest of the decision because Billingsley examines both books and likes them both; or dare I say, loves them both. She just went with, what would kid-me want?