Book Club Kit for Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner includes book club discussion questions and party menu.
I'm so excited to announce the official February pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club for Recovering Readers!
Next month we will be chatting about Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner.
If you haven't heard of Jennifer Weiner, she is one of my very favorite authors. Other excellent books that I have read from her include:
- Good In Bed
- Little Earthquakes
- In Her Shoes which was made into a movie starring Toni Collete, Cameron Diaz and Shirley MacLaine
I wanted to choose a unique love story for our February pick and this one sounds just perfect to me.
Peanut Blossom Book Club
This book was our official February 2016 pick for the Peanut Blossom Book Club.
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What is Who Do You Love About?
"An unforgettable story about true love, real life, and second chances…
Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to a doctor and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.
Rachel grows up in an affluent Florida suburb, the popular and protected daughter of two doting parents. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent for running.
Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again—linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both of their lives.
A sweeping, warmhearted, and intimate tale, Who Do You Love is an extraordinary novel about the passage of time, the way people change and change each other, and how the measure of a life is who you love."
Who Do You Love Book Club Questions
I believe the best book club questions to spark a lively discussion in your group help readers make personal connections to the story.
You can read about how to write the best book club questions on your own here, but hopefully these will get you started!
What did you think of our pick this month?? Is this something you would have picked on your own?
How did you feel about the passage of time in Who Do You Love?
Our characters meet at age 8 and then we see them in snapshots for the next 30+ years.
Did this add to the story or did you find it difficult to pick back up with each time shift?
One of the things I love most about the books I've read from Jennifer Weiner is her ability to create such broken but relatable characters.
Both Rachel and Andy are deeply flawed.
Did you relate better to one or the other? Neither?
Was there a different character you preferred?
Of all the snapshots of Rachel and Andy's love story we got to see, which time period was your favorite to read and why?
Once Andy discovers running, he has his dreams and goals mapped out and he goes for it with extreme dedication.
Have you had a dream in your life you've pursued? How do your dreams from age 12 compare to your dreams now?
Rachel's job in social work ends up having a significant impact on the plot. Were you surprised she chose that field? Why or why not?
Would the story have played out differently if she was in a different job?
The book was filled with several interesting supporting characters: Mr. Sills, Nana, Rachel's mom, Maisie, Amy, and Brenda.
Who did you enjoy the most and who did you dislike?
When Andy competes in Athens, he flies out his mom and Mr. Sills to Greece.
If you were facing important recognition, who would you want to be in the audience?
At Mr. Mills funeral we learn that he spent his life "fixing what was broken" after the mistakes he made with his own son.
Are the families in your area as community-minded or do they tend to focus more on just their own children?
When Rachel encounters Bethie at their high school reunion, she is forced to reckon with her younger self.
Did you have a "Bethie" in your high school landscape?
Have you attended any of your reunions? How did that go?
Rachel is seriously cheated on twice in the book.
Knowing that, how did you feel about her reaction in the final scene?
Are Rachel and Andy truly meant to be together? Where do you imagine their story goes from here?
Book Club Party Menu
Make this book club party a potluck and tell your friends to bring the dish they love the most! Some of my favorites include:
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