Reader's Guide from BookBundlz
In the beginning of the book, April mentions a dream about a "a man who shut up all the doors and windows of his house, not realizing that the tiger he was trying to keep out was in his own basement." Later she mentions a dream with a little girl with black hair and the most amazing blue eyes playing on the beach. What do these dreams reveal about April? What significance do you feel dreams have on your life?
Why do you feel April went back to T.J. after filing a restraining order? Did it have anything to do with the fact that Oliver was back in town?
T.J. is haunted by a past relationship with Denise. April is haunted by her past relationships with her father and Quincy. Oliver is haunted by his past relationship with April. Are we all just 'slightly haunted' and holding on to unresolved things from the past? How would their lives have been different if they dealt with their feeling in the past instead of holding on to them? Are you still haunted by anything from your past?
When April goes to Oliver and Bernadette's barbecue she arrives in a cantaloupe mini-mini skirt and with a man that even makes her uncomfortable. As she notices other's disapproval, she thinks, " What the hell... She's here now. This is happening. She might as well play the part." Is she playing a part in other areas of her life? How does her part change as the story progresses? Do you ever feel like you are playing a part?
While talking with Nana, (p. 137) April laments, "If I could change anything, I wouldn't want a guy. I'd want to live alone somewhere in a small town where no one knows me. All by myself." Yet her life is completely opposite of that. What do you think stops her from pursuing that ideal?
April gives Oliver and Bernadette a hand carved antique hourglass for a shower gift and an antique mirror for a wedding gift. What is the significance of the two gifts?
p. 172 April comments, "... Addiction is just a way of trying to get at something else. Something bigger... We all want the same thing. We all have this hole. The thing you want offers relief, but it's a trap..." Is there truth to that statement? Do we use things/drama/alcohol to get something else? If so, what? What does April get from being addicted to abuse?
What did you think of Bernadette's plan to rid Oliver of his thoughts of April? Is it a good plan, or do you think she should have taken another approach?
Why do you feel Oliver stopped playing the piano?
Nana tells April (p.213) "You need to start doing what is uncomfortable for you, April. Because your idea of what feels right took a left turn somewhere." What makes you uncomfortable to think about doing? Should you maybe do it anyway? How would your life change if you did?
When April chooses a dog, she (of course) chooses the mutt. What role does Dubious play in April's life? How does he change it?
P. 254 When told she might 'fall in love' April comments, "People use that expression as if it's something that happens involuntary, like getting clubbed by a caveman." Is falling in love involuntary?
p. 286, April and Nana contemplate how a kiss can change you. Like if all your life you are yellow and then you brush up against something blue and you are forever turned to green. Does a kiss have the power to do that? Has that ever happened to you?
p. 291 Oliver thinks, "It's normal to feel sadness; marriage is as much letting go of the past as it is embracing the future." Is that true?
Was it right of Bernadette to break off the wedding for the reason(s) that she did?
What do YOU think or want to happen next?