Hey Buzz Book Club readers! Welcome back! Have you fetched a copy of Sammy's Hill by Kristen Gore yet? Hope so because I'm excited to talk about this first section. So far I'm really enjoying the light and fun read this book is turning out to be, especially at a time when everything political feels so heavy. We'll dive into more detail in just a bit.
First, 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 October). 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 chapter titled "Roadshow" up to the one titled "Hey Buster." We'll chat about this section a week from today, Oct. 17.
To discuss the first section of Sammy's Hill, in which we read from the beginning of the book until the end of the chapter titled "Down Low, Too Slow,"
- I think this book captures the stressfulness and excitement of that first job out of college that you really believe in. Are you liking our protagonist so far? Do you find it as refreshing as I do that this isn't another Devil Wears Prada knockoff in that Sammy actually likes and admires her boss, RG?
- Do you find Samantha's passion for health care policy inspiring? Or uninteresting? For such a light book, hers is a fairly bland policy subject, but her description of how it motivated her to get involved is inspiring.
- Does Sammy make Washington sound interesting and fun? Or boring and painful?
- Sammy's full of quirks, from her hypochondria to her klutziness to her celebration of random holidays. Do you appreciate her numerous imperfections, or is it all too much?
- I enjoy it when Sammy talks about her childhood, and it struck me that with her mother's encouragement, she spent many of her early years basically preparing for exactly the job she has. As a kid, did you have a sense for what you occupation you'd have as an adult? Or did you want to do something totally different from what you ended up doing?