Well, now that we’re done with the first third of the book (some of you are all the way done! Overachievers!), what does everyone think? Personally, I felt like the first few chapters were a little boring but now that there’s a possible love interest it’s much more intriguing! 🙂
1. “I firmly believed that it was harder to be the one left behind, especially if you thought you were on your way to happily ever after.” [Chapter One]
2. “The list of differences was endless, but, in the end, none of them mattered. What mattered was that we completely accepted each other. That I had her back, and she had mine.” [Chapter Four]
3. “It occurred to me that few things tell the story of a woman’s life like her closet…” [Chapter Five]
1. “Football was our touchstone. A constant. Something to hold on to as a bright light burned out in Walker, Texas…” [Chapter One] and “…It’s not just a game. It’s a metaphor for life. If sports don’t matter, then life doesn’t matter.” [Chapter Six] Are sports (or entertainment, pop culture, etc.) just a distraction from our measly day-to-day lives? Do we use entertainment and celebrities to distract from any unsatisfactory things that may be going on? It seems like the Walker community uses football as an excuse to distract from life events they don’t want to approach head on – like in the event of Mrs. Carr’s death. Where else do you find the characters using football as a distraction or excuse?
2. “…suddenly even the job I loved seemed small and unimportant…” and “Only now, with Mrs. Carr’s death as a wake-up call, I realized just how stuck I’d become, how much of a rut I was in.” [Chapter Three] Sometimes it takes important life events to put things into perspective. Do you think Shea will permanent life changes in her life (new job, new town) or is her newfound spirit only temporary? Why do you think that?
3. “I adored Coach Carr. I put him on a pedestal the way a lot of little girls do with their fathers…” [Chapter Three] Shea and Coach Carr have a very interesting relationship. It’s made clear that she had no real relationship with her father, so is she using him as a father figure in her life or something more? What do you think will come of their close friendship?
4. What do you think of Shea and Ryan’s new relationship? Is it for real?
5. Will Shea end up getting a job with the Post?
6. Is Coach Carr guilty of something? A NCAA violation or more?
Feel free to answer or add any questions you may have thus far! If you’ve already started reading ahead, feel free to leave comments with questions for the next post as well.
Thanks for reading!