Book Club Discussion Questions2018-05-21T15:13:07+00:00

Discussion Questions

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  1. What were the commonalities that some of the characters shared? Regarding Hannah, Deacon, Gillian, and Toby, did you find that they had more similarities than differences?
  2. Can you identify any themes throughout the book? For example:
  • Self-acceptance, learning to love who you are
  • Shame, inherent and taught
  • Addiction, was there more than one?
  • Holding onto secrets
  • Hiding behind a mask or facade
  • Desire for control, power
  • Feeling like you don’t fit in, outcast
  • Need to belong, desire for family
  • Queen bee and mean girls
  • Bullying
  • Homosexuality in the 80s
  1. Hannah’s parents bombard her with hateful labels and words, shaming her. What about the labels and words Hannah says to Gillian? And why did Hannah shame Gillian? Do you empathize with either character?
  2. What motivates different characters’ actions? Do you think those actions are justified or ethical?
  3. Do you trust Hannah’s perspective on the way she looks and the way her parents treat her or is it skewed through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl? How does Deacon view Hannah? Do you think Hannah’s perception of herself changes because of him?
  4. Do any of the characters grow or change during the course of the first book and in what way?
  5. Of all of the characters, whom would you like to meet in person and what would you say or ask him or her?
  6. Consider the ending to book 1 of the duology. Did you expect it or were you surprised? What do you think will happen in the sequel?
  7. Can you pick out a passage that strikes you as particularly profound or interesting? Is there a passage that haunted you or that you found difficult to read? Why?
  8. Does the book remind you of your own life or an event that has happened to you? Does any character remind you of a person, friend, or family member? How did you handle the incident verses how the character does?
  9. What role did the 1984 suburban setting have on the story? Could the story easily take place in another time period? Do many of the story’s themes hold true today? If so, which ones?
  10. Do you have your own high school story? Did you have to deal with bullying, acne, or not fitting in at school or at home?
  11. If the author was sitting in your living room, what would you ask her?