1. How does Alice change her views over time regarding her family?
2. How do you think the sexual abuse and other betrayals (such as Richie's and Ted's affair) affect Alice and her actions?
3. Do you think the ending of the book made sense? Was it a surprise to you that the girl died after seemingly getting her life together? Was it ever clear exactly how she died?
4. It turned out that the story was in fact made up and didn't happen at all. The author, Beatrice Sparks, is in fact a therapist/psychologist and Mormon youth counsellor. Does this affect the way you feel the about the book? Talk about the positive and negative effects of this way of writing (i.e. writing a "true" story, that turns out to be not true at all)
1. What draws Cherry to the greasers? Why is she with Bob? Why does she say she could fall in love with Dally?
2. Compare and contrast the Curtis brothers, Darry, Sodapop, and Ponyboy. How does their relationship change over the course of the novel?
3. Think about the role of physical violence in the novel. Is the violence shocking, predictable, boring, or melodramatic? Do you think such violence has a different effect on readers today than it did when the novel was first published (1967)?
4. Who is your favorite character and why? Who is your least favorite?
The Hunger Games
1. Is Haymitch a good mentor to Katniss and Peeta? Explain.
2. What is Katniss’s greatest strength in the Games, and what is her greatest weakness? Give examples, explain and say if you agree or disagree with your friends' views.
3. How does family background, class and occupation change the way we see the world? How is this shown in The Hunger Games?
4. Science fiction often uses a futuristic setting to comment on the present day. What does The Hunger Games suggest about the present-day United States?