While reading the second part of this novel I was disgusted with numerous characters, specifically Andreas, his mother, and Horst, too many times. If anyone saw my face while reading this section, it would have been clear my thoughts on the actions of these characters. Andreas’s mom, Katya is very similar to Pip’s in how they never show or tell their children their true selves. They constantly are hiding behind lies trying to protect them and instead they are psychologically messing up their children permanently. Andreas was a little boy who knew how to respect people and have fun without getting in trouble, but Katya was not prepared to be a mother for a teenager who struggles with sexual arousal and masturbation. Instead, she coddled Andreas at such a young age that Andreas became a hormone monster when he reached puberty. All of these hormones were just the starting point to a life where he had erections from killing other people or stealing files and having to stop himself from sexually defiling young, innocent and abused girls. At least, he could stop himself. Horst, the abuser and step-father of Annagret, could not even try to stop himself and is by far the most horrible character as of yet. He molested his wife’s child. First, though he had relationships with a girl way too young for him, had her fall in love with him, and then leave her for her mother. He lied to Annagret, like almost every parent in this novel, and coerced her into believing that it was O.K. that he was penetrating her with his fingers and eventually his “pecker.” Even though they are only fictional characters, just thinking back on it now gives me horrible chills . These chills stem from knowledge that things like this happen in real life; Jonathan Franzen is not some sick guy making up child molestation or liars. People like these characters get people to trust them only to they are able to hurt them. It makes me sick.