Here's a recap of how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I'll suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, will go up every Friday in September). In these weekly Book Club posts, I'll posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comments section.
Of course, you are always welcome to read beyond the weekly chapters, but please don't spoil anything in the comments! After the jump you'll find some questions that struck me as I read this section.
The next assignment: Read from the start of chapter seven until the end of the chapter 13. We'll chat about this section a week from today, Sept. 19
To discuss the first section of Nick and Norah, in which we read from the start of the story until the end of chapter six, read more
- Do you identify more with Nick or Norah at this point? I assumed I would identify more with Norah, but I'm finding myself relating to Nick a surprising amount.
- Have you gotten used to the style of the book and the way it cuts between the two characters' viewpoints? Are there scenes you wish you could see from another character's perspective?
- The book is recommended for grades nine and up. Would you have been allowed to read this book as a freshman in high school? Would you want your child to read it? Or would any of the sex talk and bars (even if Nick and Norah aren't drinking) concern you?
- There is so much intense, raw emotion involved in these characters, reminding me of what it was like to be a teenager, fueled by love and angst. It makes me almost nostalgic for a time when we didn't have to always be quite so practical or logical (or "adult") about things. Do you feel wistful for this time of life? Or mostly just relieved that it's behind you?