1. Why do you think Amanda feels second-hand guilt and self-blame for the night Grace died? What does she think making herself small will accomplish? How does Henry complicate this?
2. Do you agree with Jonathan when he says, “the party is not the problem,” during his Lifeline interview?
3. Do you agree with Jonathan that his sentence was too short given his crime? Why?
4. What traits in Graham does Amanda value? How does he differ from Henry?
5. How does Dawn being away at college complicate her friendship with Amanda? Why do you think each of them gets frustrated with the other?
6. Why do Jonathan and Amanda refer to their parents as “Standard Dad” and “Mumsy” and what does this say about their relationship with them? How have their parents changed toward the end of the novel and do these nicknames still apply?
7. Why do you think it’s so important for Sutton to get in touch with Jonathan after he’s released from prison? What does she hope to get from the conversation?
8. What was Jonathan trying to prove by breaking his parole, getting drunk with Sutton, and giving the controversial speech for Chicago Cares? Do you think he made his point? Do you think Amanda understood him?
9. What advice would you give to Amanda about moving forward?
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