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Book Club discussion Q's for THE YEAR WE TURNED FORTY:
1. How did you interpret the title? Did you think your own age would impact your experience reading the book? How did that differ from the beginning to the end?
2. What do you think the book is saying about regret? Is it possible to fix your mistakes? Is it necessary to correct them to move forward with your life? How did regret impact each of the protagonists?
3. Jessie's marriage fell apart after she confessed her affair to her husband, Grant, and told him that her son was not her his biological child. When she went back to the year she turned forty, did you understand her initial choice to not tell her husband the truth the second time around?
4. Another theme in the book is fate. The authors explore the idea of how each choice people make can change the outcome of their future. How did you feel about Peter's reaction to the baby once he saw him? And that impact on Jessie's return to the year she turned forty.
5. Gabriela used her chance to re-do her fortieth year to try to convince her husband to have a baby. Their marriage, that was solid before, suddenly suffers greatly. And so does her writing career. Is hers a case where she shouldn't have gone back? Or, despite the fact that she didn't get the baby she wanted, was it still worth it?
6. Claire was scared to return to the year she turned forty because she lost her mother. And she feared going through that devastation again. Would you return to a certain year if you could relive that time with a loved one you'd lost?
7. The friendships between the women were tested when they went back to the year they turned forty. Especially when Jessie and Claire kept the secret of Lucas' paternity from Gabriella for the second time. What did you think of Jessie's choice to keep this secret--again? Do you feel there are times there should be secrets, even between the closest of friends?
8. Claire struggled greatly with the guilt she felt over being a single mom to Emily. And she worried about letting Emily's father back into her life. What did you think about her decision to keep Emily's father's letters from Emily? And how did Claire returning to that time with her daughter change things between them for the better?
9. Is there a time in your life you'd go back to so you could fix a mistake you made or try to change the outcome of a certain situation?
10. Do you think having a second chance to redo a mistake is a good thing? Or do you feel that it's our mistakes, missteps and even regrets that make us who we are? Do you believe everything happens for a reason?
10. They say hindsight is 20/20 but in the case of the three protagonists, already knowing the outcome of their lives didn't necessarily help them. In fact, it often made things worse. Is this because people can't truly change?
12. The three protagonists each had serious regrets over things that happened to them the year they turned forty. And they went back to try to fix major mistakes they felt they made. What if you could go back and relive a fun and positive time, would you? Would you go back to your high school prom? College graduation? Childhood?
Book Club Discussion Q's for THE STATUS OF ALL THINGS
1. What do you think of Kate’s obsession with social media? Can you relate to her insecurities about how what she wrote online reflected her life? Do you think social media is a positive or a negative when it comes to how we portray ourselves?
2. Kate gets an opportunity to relive the last thirty days of her life. Why do you think she fought so hard to make things work with Max even though she knew he’d already left her at the altar the first time around?
3. Kate learns she has the ability to make any Facebook status she writes come true. She initially uses the ability to wish for frivolous things like a blow out and new shoes. What did you think of her choice to do this? Why didn’t she simply wish to be back together with Max from the start?
4. When Kate uses her Facebook statuses to give her best friend, Liam, the chance to be with an actress he’s harbored a crush on, their friendship suffers as a result. Suddenly Liam isn’t as available to Kate and she’s hurt by this. His absence ultimately leads her to realize her feelings might be stronger for him than she thought. Why do you think it often takes seeing someone with another person to make us realize how we feel about them?
5. Courtney is Kate’s best friend and also her co-worker. When Kate goes back in time, she must work side-by-side with Courtney and pretend Max never confessed he had feelings for her. Why do you think Kate doesn’t just confront her friend about her feelings for Max?
6. Kate uses her Facebook status to get Courtney fired. What do you think of this choice?
7. A main theme in this book is fate. The authors explore how each choice people make can change the outcome of their future. Kate tries to keep Max and Courtney apart, but her actions keep pushing them together. Why do you think this happened?
8. When Kate goes back in time, she realizes things about Julie’s life that she hadn’t before, even though they are best friends. Why do you think this is? And how does Kate’s ability to make wishes come true on Facebook help and hurt Jules?
9. Kate’s mom has been unable to let go of the fact that her ex-husband, Kate’s father, left her years before when Kate was a little girl. He then went on to remarry a woman Kate’s mother refuses to accept is a good stepmother to Kate. How does Kate going back in time change her mom’s future?
10. Kate’s dad tells her he has no regrets—even though he walked out on her and her mom years before. That even if he’d been given a do-over, he wouldn’t have taken it. How does this impact Kate? Do you understand her reaction?
11. If you had the power to make any wish come true by writing it on Facebook, would you? What would you wish for?
12. If were given the chance to relive a time in your life to change something bad that had happened to you, would you do it?
13. Ruby only appears at certain times throughout the novel. Why do you think she surfaces when she does?
14. Kate is able to convince Jules and Liam that she has time traveled. Liam asks Kate to stay with him and give their relationship a chance—not to go back to the morning of her wedding. What do you think of her choice to tell him no?
15. What do you think of the ending of the book? Are you satisfied?
16. What do you think happens between Kate and Liam? Does their relationship work out?