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Discussion Questions for Slammed by Colleen Hoover

  1. A very lovely song called I and Love and You, written by the Avett Brothers uses the lyric, “One foot in and one foot back, But it don’t pay to live like that, So I cut the ties and jumped the track, For never to return.” How does this lyric inform the emotional and spiritual place the readers discover Layken at in the beginning of Slammed? Does she need to be at a place of cleaving herself from her old life to embark on a new life?

2.Lake and Will are immediately attracted to each other upon meeting. Kel and Caulder and Lake and Eddie are similarly immediately bonded, striking up a deep friendship. What is it about someone else that creates mutual attraction? Did you know/recognize your soul mate immediately upon meeting him/her? Do you believe in love (both romantic and friendship) at first sight?

3.Lake and Will share their first date at a poetry slam in which Will is called upon to perform a very revealing and raw piece about the death of his parents and the aftermath that event had upon his life. However, he and Lake have not yet shared the banal details of their lives. Was it easier for Will to share the deeper elements of his life before he shared the biographical details? Why or why not?

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4.Did Will act inappropriately in assuming that Lake was a college student and not a high school student? What should he have done differently once this truth was revealed? What was Lake’s responsibility in this situation? Did Will, as the adult in a position of trust, have a greater burden in divesting himself from Lake? What should the players have done differently?

5.Will and Lake experience significant pushes and pulls while trying to avoid one another. Should they have made attempts to stay away from each other or just maintained their relationship in private? Is it possible to be “just friends” with someone for whom you have deeper feelings? Is it better to cut off the relationship completely?

6.Lake equates the sorrow of not having Will in her life to the Elizabeth Kübler-Ross Steps of Grief. Is the loss of a relationship a death of sorts? In your experience, does the loss of first love feel like a death? Do subsequent losses feel as intense as the loss of first love?

7.Julia reveals that her health is in crisis and the move to Michigan was planned before Lake’s dad’s death. Why do you think she kept such information under wraps for so long? Did she do the right thing? Is full disclosure the right policy in every situation? How do you think she should have handled this differently?

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8.It becomes clear that Lake is going to be Kel’s guardian in a twist of fate similar to Will’s fate. Was she right to refuse Will’s advances with the insistence that “she is first” in his life? Could she have made similar assurances to him, had he demanded them, at that moment? Was she being fair to ask that of him? How are those demands different to those asked by Vaughn two years prior?

9.Lyrics, poetry, and quotes figure prominently in Slammed’s narrative. What makes a poetic line powerful or meaningful? Was Will’s poetry to Lake any more important or better than her dad’s poetry to her mom? What’s the point of poetry if the poetry doesn’t have points? What are the elements that lead readers (or listeners) to regard a line as good or bad? Is there a line that is particularly important to you in your life?

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

  1. While Lake is the narrator of Slammed, Will is the narrator of Point of Retreat. How do their perspectives serve the story? Did the character who served as the voice of the narrative earn more or less sympathy from you? Do you understand the protagonists better having “seen” them through both lenses?

2.Point of Retreat finds Lake and Will one year into their relationship. They very much have a shared life and household distributed between two houses, with shared day care, meals, and entertaining. Did your predictions at the end of Slammed come to fruition? Were there any surprises? Disappointments?

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3.Lake and Will promised Julia that they would wait a year before becoming sexual with one another. Do you understand their abstinence? Did waiting ultimately help their relationship? Did they place too much emphasis upon sex in “waiting for the perfect time?” Likewise, should they have moved in with each other?

4.Lake and Will struggle with balancing their relationships with Caulder and Kel, measuring their reactions to situations as parents and siblings. How successful are they with this balance? Do their reactions to the trouble they run into at school jibe with more sibling-like or parental reactions?

5.Sherry describes her youthful first love as having the same kind of magic that Lake and Will have. However, that relationship did not end well. Is true love necessary to happiness? Is it better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all? How has true love impacted your life? Does the magic last? Does is have to last in order to insure happiness?

6.Julia leaves Will and Lake with a vase filled with pearls of wisdom. The wisdom figures prominently within the plot and helps to guide Will and Lake. What was the best piece of advice you were ever given? Who is the wisest person you know? How have they impacted your decision making?

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7.Will and Lake, for better or worse, are joined by and due to their devastating losses. Lake is concerned that this is their common ground that joins them. Is she right to be concerned? Is there something to be said for sharing similar experiences? Are they better equipped to deal with each other because they have parallel lives and responsibilities? Are they more capable of happiness because they both experienced such sorrow?

8.Vaughn discovers Will in a shared class and it becomes clear that she is interested in rekindling a relationship with him. Did Will proceed appropriately? Should he have been more aggressive in indicating his disinterest? Was Lake justified to feel threatened by Will’s behavior toward Vaughn?

9.Lake is injured in a devastating car accident. Was something that dramatic necessary in order to provide Will the opportunity to show Lake how much he loves her? Would his words have been good enough? Why do some need to be shown love while others need to be told love?

10.Will proposes to Lake with her mom’s wedding ring. Do you think it was important for Lake to know that Julia gave her blessing to the union?

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

  1. Holder tells Sky, “Sometimes you have to choose between a bunch of wrong choices and no right ones. You just have to choose which wrong choice feels the least wrong.” Is there truth in this statement? How does this statement apply to Karen’s actions? Did she make the “least wrong” choice? Why or why not?
  2. The motif of the sky and stars repeats throughout “Hopeless”, especially as a token of comfort and distraction. How do stars factor in the connection between Sky and Holder?
  3. The use of names in Hopeless is critical in informing the essential nature of the characters. What do the names “Holder”, “Dean”, “Hope”, “Sky”, and “Les” reveal about the essential nature of their bearers?
  4. Sky does not recall the first five years of her life at the beginning of the story; however, her habits and preferences are shaped by her early years. Holder cannot forget his early years with Hope. How do memories shape who we are and how we react? How do memories impact Sky and Holder?
  5. Both Lesslie and John Davis commit suicide. Is one suicide nobler than the other? Did John give Sky a gift by killing himself when confronted? Would Sky have been able to discover the truth about her own life if Les had still been alive? Why or why not?
  6. Was Holder “hopeless” or simply without Hope/hope? How is he hopeless at the end of the book?
  7. Sky perceives herself as disconnected from Hope. Do you identify with this perception? Have events in your life changed you to the point at which you would be unrecognizable to your earlier self? Is there something about one’s essential nature that is preserved in spite of the trauma one has experienced? How does the following quote describe the synthesis of the two halves of Sky/Hope: “It’s what happens when two people become one: they no longer only share love. They also share all of the pain, heartache, sorrow, and grief.”
  8. At the conclusion of the story, what elements of her character embody “Sky” and which ones are a ray of “Hope”?
  9. Holder’s response to Sky at the outset of Hopeless was intense and he appeared to have some connection to her that she did not understand. As you were reading Hopeless, what were your working theories about their connection?
  10. Holder discusses his future with Sky without reservation from the very beginning of their relationship. Where do you see Holder and Sky in five years?


What are good book club discussion questions? ›

General Book Club Questions
  • What was your favorite part of the book?
  • What was your least favorite?
  • Did you race to the end, or was it more of a slow burn?
  • Which scene has stuck with you the most?
  • What did you think of the writing? ...
  • Did you reread any passages? ...
  • Would you want to read another book by this author?
Feb 28, 2020

Where to find book club discussion questions? ›

A great place to start is Bookclubs' Book Club Discussion Guide center, which has guides for hundreds of titles. Check back often as we add more book club discussion guides every week! Some are written by Bookclubs staff, while others come from the books' publishers.

How do you make a book club discussion fun? ›

5 Tips For Planning A Book Club Night That's More Fun Than Going...
  1. Make the person who hasn't read the book play bartender for the night.
  2. Ditch the boring questions.
  3. Craft a menu that keeps spirits light.
  4. Play games to get things started.
  5. It's all in the details.
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What are some discussion questions in Anxious People Fredrik Backman book club? ›

Anxious People is very much a character study. How did your feelings about these characters change over the course of the book? Who is your favorite character and why? Which character surprised you the most and why?

What are good open ended questions for books? ›

Open-Ended Questions to Ask During the Reading
  • What time of day do you think it is in this story?
  • Why do you think it is that time of day?
  • What connections can you make to this setting?
  • What would you do if you went to this place?
  • Do you think you would enjoy being here?

What are the book club questions for three hours? ›

What do you think of a novel being set over only three hours? Did it intensify the reading experience for you? Do you think the teachers and students trapped inside the school experience time differently to the police outside the school?

What are some questions for book clubs on the Midnight Library? ›

Have you ever thought about if you made a different choice, what your life would be like now? If you somehow ended up in a place like The Midnight Library, how do you think you would handle it? Would you want to see all the different outcomes that your life could have taken?

How long should a book club discussion be? ›

Anything more than once a month, may be overly-ambitious. Also 2-3 hours seems to be the sweet spot. General rule-of-thumb: Plan 30 minutes for food, wine and catching-up with friends, an hour to 90 minutes for a structured discussion and the final 30 minutes for more informal discussion and socializing.

What is one important guideline for a book club discussion? ›


Your fellow book club members want to hear your opinion — but they also want to hear everyone else's. Don't interrupt or dominate the discussion. This is particularly important for virtual book club discussions where it can be harder to tell if someone wants to add to the conversation.

What is the first rule of a book club? ›

The first rule of book club is: you have to read the book. It's one, I'm happy to report, the ladies of the film Book Club are willing to follow.

How do I make my book club engaging more? ›

Fun Book Club Ideas
  1. Choose a Book Club Theme. Consider naming your book club after a theme that reflects your members' personalities and interests. ...
  2. Do a Reading Challenge. ...
  3. Follow a Celebrity Book Club. ...
  4. Travel Around the World in a Book. ...
  5. Read the Classics. ...
  6. Read a Series. ...
  7. Books to Read and Watch. ...
  8. Everyone Picks Their Own Book.
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How can I make my reading group more fun? ›

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  1. 6 Strategies to Put the Fun in Reading.
  2. Practice 'Wide Reading' ...
  3. Allow Them to Choose Their Books. ...
  4. Incorporate Digital Technology. ...
  5. Create a Stress-Free Environment. ...
  6. Host Reading Contests. ...
  7. Incorporate Post-Reading Activities.
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What are the topics in Anxious People? ›

A few of the themes in Anxious People include how difficult it is to keep on living sometimes, father/son interactions, making mistakes, second chances, grace, compassion, friendship, regrets, consumerism, competition, desperation, connection, anxiety, hope, family, doing our best, and sacrifice.

What is the lesson in Anxious People? ›

“Anxious People” is about how kindness and compassion count so much in surviving each day – a lesson for our times. And how the one predictable assessment of how life turns out may simply be: “This wasn't how life was supposed to turn out.”

Is the robber in Anxious People a man or a woman? ›

The bank robber was a woman. Zara was the banker who wouldn't give the male jumper a loan. She went to the bridge right after his death and watched Jack rescue Nadia. At the end of the book, she finally reads the letter from the jumper that she had carried around for ten years.

What are examples of essential questions for books? ›

➢ What is the history surrounding the text? ➢ What are the underlying messages in the text? ➢ How is the theme supported within the text? ➢ How do we draw meaning and understanding from a given text?

What are some close reading questions? ›

  • Questions about key ideas and details: what did the text say?
  • Questions about craft and structure: how did the text work?
  • Questions about integration of knowledge and meaning: what did the text mean?
Feb 2, 2015

What is the big book questions and answers? ›

The Big Book of Questions and Answers is a family guide to the Christian Faith. It contains a wealth of activities, prayers, and Bible references. This interactive resources material will bring families closer together as they learn about the Christian faith.

What are the book club questions slow fire burning? ›

How does the past of each woman influence the way she moves through the world? How does it influence the way she deals with Daniel's death and the investigation? How do the different women compare to one another? How much of the focus is on their current behavior, and how much is about the scars from their pasts?

What are the book club questions for book woman? ›

Discussion questions for The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Do you think library programs are still a vital part of our society today? How has a librarian or booklover impacted your life? Have you ever connected with a book or author in a meaningful way? Explain.

What are the book club questions for human acts? ›

Discussion Questions for Human Acts

What did you think of the use of second person perspective? Did this make the stories feel more or less personal? Do you see Human Acts as a novel or a collection of short stories? Did you have a favorite chapter/story?

What are some historical book club questions? ›

Historical fiction book club questions

Does the book address the social and/or political issues of that era, and if so, how? Do you see a parallel with today's social or political climate? Why do you think the author set this story during this time period? Do you feel like this book was well-researched?

How do you lead a reading discussion? ›

Highlight one main question or no more than three main points. Focus on ideas and skills.  Tell students why the topics or questions are relevant to mastering the material, to understanding larger issues, and to doing well in the class (writing the paper).  Define terms.

What makes an effective book club? ›

Keep it informal, do not be too prescriptive. Make people welcome. Make it clear that it doesn't matter if they haven't finished the book (or even started it), they are still welcome. Just do it, if you want to be in one, see if there's one you can join or make your own one.

What is the leader of a book club called? ›

The Moderator's Role

Some groups might have a consistent moderator - for example if your group is run by the local library, a librarian will probably lead the meetings; other groups rotate the role; others may not feel they need one at all. In general, we recommend having a moderator and rotating the role.

What happens in a book club discussion? ›

A book club is a reading group, usually consisting of a number of people who read and talk about books based on a topic or an agreed-upon reading list. It's common for book clubs to choose a specific book to read and discuss at the same time. Formal book clubs meet on a regular basis at a set location.

How many members should a book club have? ›

There's no magic number of members for a successful book club–your club might be 2 or 20 (or more!) people. However, most book clubs–especially if you'll be meeting in homes–will have up to 12 people.

How many times should a book club meet? ›

How often do you want to meet? Once a month is the standard, but if you plan on reading longer books you may want to meet every 6 weeks.

How do you make boring reading interesting? ›

So here goes - 9 strategies to read more without getting bored or giving up!
  1. Choose the Right Book. ...
  2. Stop Reading What Bores You. ...
  3. Keep a Reading Journal. ...
  4. Join a Book Club. ...
  5. Try E-Readers or Audiobooks. ...
  6. Pick a Book That Was Made into a Movie or Show. ...
  7. Use Graphic Novels as a Gateway. ...
  8. Incentivize Completing Books.
Jul 14, 2022

What are some reading questions for anxious people? ›

ANXIOUS PEOPLE is very much a character study. How did your feelings about these characters change over the course of the book? Who is your favorite character and why? Which character surprised you the most and why?

What are good questions to ask about anxiety? ›

  • What are the five most common types of anxiety disorders? ...
  • How are anxiety disorders diagnosed? ...
  • What are the risk factors for anxiety disorders? ...
  • What are common Anxiety Disorder Treatments? ...
  • What is the best way to treat children with anxiety disorders? ...
  • What is generalized anxiety disorder?

What is one of the most human things about anxiety? ›

🔖 “One of the most human things about anxiety is that we try to cure chaos with chaos.”

What are the book club questions for thinking in bets? ›

Chapter Three: Bet to Learn

How about finding mistakes in good outcomes? What do you think of the Aldous Huxley quote about experience in this chapter? What can we in the wildland fire community learn from “self-serving bias?” How does self-serving bias blind us to opportunities for improvement?

What are the discussion questions in the power of one book club? ›

Discussion points and questions:
  • What's your read on the book's title? ...
  • How does it affect your reading of the novel to know that some of the narrative is based on Courtenay's experiences growing up in South Africa?
  • Which of Peekay's qualities do you admire? ...
  • What bearing does the Second World War have on the story?
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