The Psychology Behind Livvy

Spoilers, once again. Don’t read this post if you haven’t read every single book I’ve written. (There are five.) 🙂 This book addresses Livvy in Contessa, but refers to happenings in Lost and Found and Never Look Back.

On more than one occasion – most of the time while readers are in the midst of Contessa – people have said that they think Livvy’s obsession with Nate is weird. Is it rational? No. But weird? No, I don’t think so.

When people finish the book, most of them have come around and have accepted Livvy’s intense interest in her mother’s former lover, her Granna’s only son.

Four things come into play in her psychology:

  1. She’s adopted, and searches for a connection with someone in her world.
  2. She’s been brought up surrounded by the idolization of Nate by his mother, Donna; and Livvy’s mother, Emi, has similar admiration of him, but the subject of him is a bit taboo in her household. It’s not that Emi’s not allowed to talk about Nate in front of Jack. Out of respect for her husband, she minimizes her fondness of her friend. This avoidance of information just piques Livvy’s curiosity more, fueling the obsession.
  3. Her father, while loving, is very different from Livvy.
  4. She is creative with an overactive imagination.

These things create a volatile environment for our little heroine. It’s irrational, yes, but completely plausible in her fairytale life. Livvy is a complex character, not a normal teenager. She comes with a lot of natural baggage, and her sheltered upbringing hasn’t prepared her for the emotions she feels today and will experience in the near future. She has a lot of growing up to do.

I could probably go on for the length of a novel (and mine are long), but I’ll leave y’all to think about these things, and draw your own conclusions.

One thought on “The Psychology Behind Livvy

  1. AND she’s an hormonal teenager. People underestimate how going through the teenage years can affect one’s emotions and mind processes. And Livvy is SUCH a teenager but, as you said, her relatively protected childhood has not done much to prepare her for what shen finds herself feeling and thinking.

    I do love Livvy.

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