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Book Club: Love Will Tear Us Apart by Sarah Rainone

Buzz Book Club: The Conclusion of Love Will Tear Us Apart

Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers. This week, we wrapped up the final section of Love Will Tear Us Apart by Sarah Rainone. Lea and Dan are married now, and I feel like I've been on quite the emotional journey with our characters through some tough memories of adolescence. I'm excited to hear your thoughts about this section and the book as a whole.

But first, here's a recap of how the Book Club goes: every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, have gone up every Friday in June). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.

After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section. Stay tuned to find out what's next for book club! Now, to discuss the final section of Love Will Tear Us Apart, in which we read from "Lover Lay Down" to the end, just


  1. "Lover Lay Down" was a powerful section, and I thought Rainone handled the story deftly — and the song she chose added so much to the story. Having read the whole book, which song and section hit you hardest? Another that clicked for me was "Smells Like Teen Spirit," with Shawn learning of Kurt Cobain's death on his birthday.
  2. Dan and Lea's wedding ended up seeming like an afterthought to me; the stories of these characters' pasts are so much more intense and high stakes than what happens at the wedding itself. Do you wish we could have seen more present-day action? Or is all the drama and appeal in the flashbacks? Are you glad there was no big "I object!" moment at the wedding or reception?
  3. Do you have more sympathy (or less) for Alex now about her feelings for Dan? And do you wish we'd ever heard from Dan and Lea? Do you want to know if Lea knew what happened with Dan and Alex?
  4. Which character's story ended in the most satisfying way for you? I cheered a little at the thought of Cort riding off into the sunset with a guy who shares her values and appreciates her.
  5. More than a lot of books I read, I could see Love Will Tear Us Apart becoming a movie — between the music and Rainone's quick, immediate descriptions and dialogue, it's a very sensory read. Do you think it could work on the big screen? Any thoughts on casting?
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