Book Club Discussion Questions:
Social Media: Casey likens social media to a drug. She writes, “Like any addict, I loathed my dependence just as desperately as a craved a hit” (Franson 12). Later in the text, she compares her addiction to social media hits to a modern day smoke break. Did this ring true?
Friendship: Which character showed the best qualities you value in a friend?
Nature vs. Nurture: Did Casey become her father Rake?
Red Ocean vs. Blue Ocean: Is this a true construct? How does the blue go red? Celeste warned Casey, “stay in the blue ocean too long, Casey… and someone starts to bleed” (Franson 146).
Suffering: Mort challenges, “Americans, I tell you. You’re not used to suffering” (Franson 152). Agree or disaggree with Mort?
Men vs. Women: On page 229 the author writes, “Men were innocent until proven guilty. Women were crazy until they were believed.” Did this ring true? Is there a double standard?
Attraction: Casey reflects that attraction “causes decent people to throw whole lives away and indecent ones to do worse” (Franson 69). How does this thought play out for the people within the text?
Women in Community: What joins women together? The author writes, “ Nothing brings women together more than shared fury over men. Well, that and sharing failed attempts at weight loss” (Franson 196).
Privilege: Franson writes the thoughts of Casey, “Though I’d been broke in college and right after, this was different from being poor. Poor was an abstraction to me, but unfortunately so was privilege. What I mean is: I knew I khad privilege, but I couldn’t feel privilege, the way a fish can’t feel water” (38).
Boss/Employee Relationship: Mary warns, “Careful what people in power tell you about yourself” (Franson 128). Have you ever been burned by a mentor? (Celeste and Casey)
Goal Setting: Early Casey narrates, “I’d been bred only to meet or exceed expectations others came up with” (Franson 35). How does this notion reveal itself in the book? Does this remain true throughout the book?
Balance in Life: Casey notes, “ … one cannot know joy without knowing its opposite, cannot be funny without too being sad, and this, I have to say, was Ben’s great gift: a full and lively spectrum” (Franson 131). Does Casey find her spectrum/balance? How does a person achieve that balance?
The Ben and Casey Relationship: Did you see the breakup or the reconciliation coming? Do they have a chance?
Selling out: Who do you think was the biggest sellout in the book?
Who would you recommend read this book?