Ultimately, it's clear what's really driving Annah's belief: mental illness, to a certain degree. Tobin's script gives the reader all of the information he or she needs to determine the origins of the protagonist's delusion. A dysfunctional childhood and a sense of detachment from her family have led to her invent another family member to which she's forever linked on a deeply emotional and even physiological level. Nevertheless, her delusion leaves her removed from that source of solace. It seems clear to me that it's just representative of a larger trend in her life. While she yearns for love and connection to other people, she subconsciously tries to drive away people who care about her. She's learned from her parents that love means risking pain, and she denies herself personal fulfillment to avoid that pain. Read Full Review
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