1. How did the book make you think about how we perceive and respond to acting out behavior in teenagers in society?

  2. How did it make you think about your own parenting or how you were parented? Does the book remind you of your own life? An event? A person—like a friend, family member, boss, co-worker? 

  3. Do you find the characters convincing? Are they believable? Are they fully developed as complex human beings—or were they one-dimensional? Did you understand why Bev was the way that she was? Did you have any empathy for her?

  4. Discuss Cassie as a narrator. Did you trust the narrator right away or did you find her unreliable? If you trusted her immediately, why? If you didn’t, why not and when did that start to change?

  5. Talk about the extended metaphors. What were they? How did they influence your emotional experience of the book? Were there any particular passages in the book that struck you as interesting or resonant?

  6. What were the main themes the author explored? What did you take away as the ultimate message?

  7. Talk about the book’s structure. Why might the author have chosen to tell the story the way that she did?

  8. Was the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not?