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The vision has been passed on to another, but who? If Jules passed the vision curse to Sawyer when she saved him, isn’t it logical to think that Sawyer passed it on to another? And is it Jules’ responsibility to help the next person since the vision curse started with her?
Jules and Sawyer go on a search to discover if the vision curse has been passed to another. After searching and finding the next victim, all they want to do is help. But the victim’s overbearing mother doesn’t believe in the curse and doesn’t want Jules and Sawyer anywhere near her daughter. With few clues to go on, Jules and Sawyer attempt to prevent tragedy. And in the end, they find out that the vision curse refuses to be ignored.
Gasp has enough twists and turns to keep the reader interested. Jules and Sawyer, with the help of their friends, try to help the next victim of the curse which allows the author to throw many surprises into the storyline. Unlike bang, gasp focuses more on the mystery of the curse, and less on the romantic relationships between characters, which makes gasp a very enjoyable read.
- Jules thinks that her older brother’s crush on a cute guy is “fun” to watch develop.
- Trey said that a boy, “touched my face and kissed me.” Later in the book, Jules watched Trey kissing the boy.
- When Sawyer kisses Jules she, “feels like the fire is inside me now.”
- Jules’ sister asks her if she is ‘sexting.”
- In one scene that lasts approximately three pages, Jules tells Sawyer to pull over the car. When he does she straddles his lap and then begins touching his face and, “nipping his lips with my teeth, drawing the tip of my tongue across his.” They then makeup and she unbuttons his shirt. “I guide his hand up my side and press it against my bra, and through the fabric his thumb stumbles over my nipple.” In the scene, “his torso jerks and shudders and his gasp turns into a low moan.” Then Sawyer said, “I’m so sorry. I didn’t even know that could . . . you know, happen, without actually, you know. Touching it.”
- When Jules’ mom asks where she’s been, Jules thinks, “I try to think of something other than Sawyer spooged his pants so we called it the night.”
- Jules, Sawyer, and Trey are teasing each other when Sawyer says, “Aw, man. I thought Ben would cure you of this desire to force homosexuality on me for your own selfish whims.”
- When Sawyer is putting on a wetsuit, Jules yells, “I can’t wait to see your package in that suit.”
- Jules’ father asks her if she is pregnant.
- Jules and her father discuss his affair.
- The story reviews the school shooting that happened in bang. One of the victim’s wounds are described—“only her guts were ripped up, and the shreds sewn together. She still has tubes going into her arm—pain meds and antibiotics . . . ”
- Jules thinks about the first vision when she saw Sawyer’s face in a body bag.
- Jules, Sawyer, and their friends help the victims of a ferry accident.
- Jules goes back to the scene where she was mugged and describes what happened.
- Jules asks her father about the “years of never knowing if we were going to come home to find that you killed yourself.”
Drugs and Alcohol
- They talk about how the victim of the school shooting is “heavily medicated” by pain medication and that when Trey was in the hospital, the pain medications make troy “emboldened.” They say the medication makes a person “stoned.”
- When walking on a boat, Trey’s walk is described as, “like a drunk.”
- Jules said spring break being over, “sucked balls.”
- Rowan’s sister calls her a “grammar whore” and later said, “don’t be a douche.”
- When Jules father can’t be found she thinks, “He’s a douche for making you worry. Maybe it would be best if he does just go kill himself, so we can get on with our lives.”
- Jules wonders if her teacher thinks she’s “batshit crazy.”
- When Jules thinks Sawyer is dead she goes to school where she doesn’t, “want anybody infiltrating it (her grief) with their fake-ass, digesting bullshit.”
- Profanity is used often throughout the book. The profanity used includes the following: shit, fucking, Oh my God, damn it, pissed, holy shit, and Jesus futhermucker.
- The story revolves around a person who sees a vision of a tragic event. The vision changes based on if the person is finding clues to help the potential victims or if the person is on the wrong track.
- When Jules feels like she has failed the victim, her brother says, “You didn’t fail. The victim failed. We are not God. Or dog.”
- Jules rolls her eyes to the Jesus in the sky.
- The victim said, “I guess since you and Sawyer didn’t get shot, we figured you had some mystical protection or a guardian angel watching over you or something.”
- When the group of teens is talking about the ferry accident, Trey said, “Hey, let’s not bring God into this.”
- Jules’ parents will not discuss the fact that their son is gay. Jules and her brother don’t go to church because, “if their church won’t accept my brother, they can’t have me either. Plus her parents, “religious fear runs deep.”