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Jennifer Lawler

Kendra, the abandonment also seemed implausible to me, especially the mother, who seemed to be a basically loving and nurturing person. And not one of the older ones had the heart to take Kya with them?

I can see that it was necessary for the plot, but this was one of those times where the author seems to shove the character around (“all of the characters must abandoned Kya!”) rather than showing that these are actions these characters would realistically take.

I would have been more inclined to believe it if, as you say, there were fewer siblings, and maybe if “abandonment” wasn’t taken so literally–I mean, imagine if Jodie had drowned instead or something; that would have been just as awful for Kya but more believable.