What advice do you have for an aspiring figure skater?
Abby: Thanks for your question! Well, the first thing that comes to mind is the advice that my parents always gave me, which was "Have a back up plan!" When I was younger, I interpreted that as lack of belief in my talent. I thought that meant my parents didn't think I would make it as a figure skater. Now I understand that that wasn't the case at all. The fact is, it's not easy to make it as an elite figure skater on the international stage. Truthfully, I wouldn't have made it if I hadn't been paired up with Chris - and don't forget...I was only paired up with Chris because I wasn't talented enough to make it on my own! But those sorts of breaks don't come along very often. So a back up plan isn't a bad idea. But having said that, just remember that you may be very much like me, and the day that someone tells you you aren't good enough may very well be the day you start heading down a new path. But keep at it, because once in a while, new paths lead to this:
What would you say to Isabelle Duchesnay today?
Abby: Oh my. This one makes the "best kisser" question from the last set look like a walk in the park! Wouldn't you rather I just talk about making out with Hugh Grant again?? No? Okay, well...Isabelle. What would I say to Isabelle?
See, that's a really tough one. I probably should apologize, right? I have wondered if she has read the book. And if she hasn't read it, she's probably at least heard some things. Okay, let's face it...she's probably heard everything. Awkward! Except, not really. Isabelle is not my friend, and she never has been. Doggone, I guess she never will be. She didn't deserve the havoc that Chris and I created - that's true. But she also had no business being married to Chris in the first place.
Okay, this doesn't make me a very nice person, but actually what I think I would say to Yoko...I mean, Isabelle...today would be the same thing she said to me, so many years ago. Of course, she couldn't have been more mistaken.
You lose, Isabelle. Go home.
Wow! That sounded mean! Ha!
Question For Avery:
Did you buy John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette a wedding gift when they got married? If so, what did you get them?
Avery: I didn't, actually. If you recall, it was a very private ceremony, and yours truly was not invited. Or interested. Or happy. Or able to think about it without crying for months.
Question For Abby:
Have you ever read Gulliver's Travels?
Abby: Gulliver's Travels? Why in the world...OH! Is this because Abigail Phelps was more popular on Kindle than Gulliver's Travels? Okay! That's kind of funny. Yes, actually, I have read Gulliver's Travels. I think I had to in school. And it bored me to tears. And truthfully, the fact that enough people are still reading it...and downloading it onto their Kindles!...to get it in the same Top 100 grouping as my book, which features more conversational language, scandalous details from my life and the lives of celebrities you know and love, and people of perfectly normal height proportions is honestly a tiny (Ha! Gulliver humor!) bit shocking to me. But it's a classic. Whatever.
(Do I now need to worry about potential litigation by the people of Lilliput as well?)