This exciting book is a novel within a novel. I have just started though.
When I opened the book from for the first time after trying my best not to tear the decorative, nostalgic sticker on the slipcase but to no avail, I was like "How the heck am I gonna read this ?"
There are so many bits and pieces slipped in-between the pages. Luckily, a reader has given a good suggestion of what should I do about it.
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As cool as all the inserts are, trying to keep them from falling out of the book as you're reading is a pain, so take them out and use post-it notes to mark what page they came from, then put them in an envelope that you can easily access.
Now, J&E's notes are not entirely in chronological order. You can generally go by the color of the ink between them to tell what phase of their story you're at.
First, there's Eric's pencil notes to himself about the actual book. Then, the convo between J&E begins when Jen picks up Eric's book and sees his notes and begins commenting on them in the margins. He sees this and writes back. Those early messages are Jen: Blue Ink - Eric: Black Ink
At some point after they go through the book a first time, they go through again. This time Jen: Orange Ink - Eric: Green Ink.
Then a third time Jen: Purple Ink - Eric: Red Ink
Finally, a fourth time (which seems to be after the denouement, in which they retrospectively discuss what has transpired). These are less frequent, and both Jen and Eric are in Black Ink.
***Read each chapter of the main text of SoT, ignoring all of Jen&Eric's notes. Upon finishing each chapter, you're going to want to go back and read only the blue/black notes and any referenced inserts. Then, move on to the next chapter. After you finish the whole book, go back and read only the orange/green notes and referenced inserts. Then purple/red, then black/black.***
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Oh OK. Good advice. Need a bit of hard work from my part. I will go ahead to just read the story first, ignoring Jen and Eric's marginal dialoque and clue pieces all over the book. Phew!
What begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin.
Hmm. I like.
Here is the trailer.