1. Why do you think the fortuneteller's reading effected Maris so much? In her actions that follow the reading is Maris trying to maintain control of her life or is she embracing the fact that she can’t control anything?
2. How does Maris’s reaction to the fortuneteller’s predictions for her relate to the way she feels about her father and their formative years together? How does Maris’s reaction to the fortuneteller’s predictions for her relate to the way she feels about Edison?
3. What does Maris want out of her summer? Why does she say she wants it to be “the best”?
4. What would you have done on the island if you were in Maris’s position? Would you have helped the boy being chased?
5. What was your first impression of Finn? How did that change when you learned who he was?
6. Chelsea and Maris forged a connection despite how different they are; what do you think Maris could learn from Chelsea, and what could Chelsea learn from Maris?
7. Why didn’t Edison want Chelsea to know details about his past? Why do you think he trusted Maris?
8. How do you think Sepp feels about the things he’s had to do because of his family? How does he feel about his parents and grandfather? How does he feel about Kath? About Edison? About Maris?
9. Who in the Duval clan do you think poisoned Archaletta?
10. What do you think Edison and Chelsea talked about in her room after Chelsea learned the truth about Edison and the Duvals, his reasons for dating her, and his involvement with Maris?
11. Do you believe the fortuneteller could really intuit Maris’s future, or do you think the fortuneteller saw Maris’s situation and was trying to give her advice that would help her cope? Do you think the events that transpired were part of Maris’s destiny or were Maris’s actions dictated by a self-fulfilling prophecy?
12. After what happens in the end of the novel, do you think Edison and Maris should explore their relationship further?
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