Skip to main content

The Last Word Book Group Questions

The Last Word Book Group Questions (Google doc)


1.       Which character do you think got The Last Word in the book and why?
2.       Why do you think Lucinda Leavitt is obsessed with the serialized story, She Knew She Was Right; and in particular, Eurydice Emerson’s choice between her two suitors? Why is the power of choice so important to Lucinda?
3.       Who is your favorite character and why?
4.       Lucinda Leavitt and Persephone Merritt are fast friends. How are they similar to each other? How are they different? And how do they help each other?
5.       David Randall asks Lucinda Leavitt whether she would like to live in London or in the country. Which setting would you choose and why? What was your favorite setting in the book?
6.       Lucinda Leavitt compares herself to a doll several times in the story. How accurate do you think a doll represents how women were treated and perceived during the Victorian Era?
7.       Lucinda Leavitt struggles against societal norms and gender stereotypes that confine women from working in mathematics and business during the Victorian Era. Do similar gender stereotypes still exist today? In what ways is our society different?
8.       David Randall feels haunted by his late father’s lack of confidence in his business abilities and his father’s constant comparisons to his dead brother. How does that affect the choices David makes? How does that affect how he sees himself?
9.       Persephone Merritt tells Lucinda Leavitt: “Then stop caring what other people think. That’s the greatest cage of all. The only person’s opinion that matters is your own.” Do you agree? Are we caged by other’s perceptions of us?
10.   Mr. Leavitt tells his daughter, Lucinda, that all the decisions he made were for her benefit. Do you believe his motivations? Is he a good father?
11.   Lucinda Leavitt wants to know more about her late mother. How does knowing your past help you chart your future course?
12.   Forgiveness and allowing others to change is a theme in the novel. Should Lucinda Leavitt forgive Mrs. Randall for slighting both her and her mother for their lower-class origins?
13.   Which character do you think changes the most in the book and why?
14.   Do you think that the author Mrs. Smith was the heroine of her own story or a victim of circumstances?
15.   Did you like the ending of Eurydice Emerson’s story? Did you like the ending of Lucinda Leavitt’s story? Is there anything you would change if you were given The Last Word?
16.   How far would you go to discover the ending of a favorite book?

Study guide / book club / discussion questions

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

THE LAST WORD: 25 Book Giveaway on Goodreads

THE LAST WORD comes out in less than two months, but if you'd like to snag an early copy for free, enter the 25 book #giveaway on Goodreads

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Great night. Great book.

There's no better way to spend a Tuesday night than at a book launch! Emily R. King's fourth book in The Hundredth Queen series, THE WARRIOR QUEEN, came out yesterday. And I got my very own signed copy.

Even though her GIFs didn't work, her Power Point presentation was positively charming. She shared pictures that give a visual idea of the settings in her novels and what the characters might look like in real life. She also shared her love of sharks and weapons. Emily's personality sparkled like her writing and I am so thrilled that I got to meet her!

I was also hanging out with some author friends, Tiana Smith, Erin Stewart, and Sofiya Pasternack. All four of us have books coming out in 2019. I will be posting more about them as their own book launches come closer.

Great night. Great book.

The Last Word is a Junior Library Guild Selection

I'm thrilled to share that The Last Word is a Junior Library Guild Selection! In case you don't know, The Junior Library Guild is a book subscription box for libraries. Which means that my book is going to libraries all over the United States.

I was a Teen Librarian for 7 years and I love libraries. I am so grateful that no matter how much money you have, you can always have free access to fictional books and information. So, if The Last Word comes to your library, please check it out!