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Buzz Book Club, Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore

Buzz Book Club: Sammy's Hill, Section One

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,"


  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. Does Sammy make Washington sound interesting and fun? Or boring and painful?
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
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gennifer22 gennifer22 8 years
I am wickedly late on reading this book but I'm not finding her quirks endearing yet. I think she just worries too much about things that aren't normal to worry about. I'm hoping it gets better as the book goes on. I do enjoy that she actually likes and respects her boss. I'm sure a lot of political staffers are just doing their jobs and don't care for their bosses so it's nice to see that she truly enjoys her job and working for RG
adw7984 adw7984 8 years
Oh my gosh! I started this book yesterday (a little late, I know) and it is so hilarious! * I do find it refreshing that Sammy likes her boss and likes working hard. She isn't just working so hard because she has to, she is doing it because she truly loves it. I really admire that. * I think that Sammy makes Washington sound really interesting - for a minute, I was inspired to go work there :) * Her hypochondria is a bit extreme, but I enjoy it! When she first put her arm in the sling I burst out laughing! I really enjoy her quirkiness, it makes her likeable to me.
pinky-tuscadero pinky-tuscadero 8 years
I like that fact that she can handle a situation under pressure, like when Mr. Jackman was high as a hot air balloon and she had to postpone the hearing. I thought she was so cool during that. I would have fainted. Yes, I like that she likes RG and he's respects her or treats her like she has a brain. Her passion for the health care policy is one of the reasons why I'm finding this book enjoyable. Her character is believable and that makes her interesting and not one dimensional but layered. Yeah, I find that she makes Washington sound fun and exciting. I've visited many times and there is always this sense of excitement in the air and I think the author has captured that. As far as knowing what I wanted be as an adult, yes I did. And I'm proud to say that I'm enjoying my career. Now, I must go and continue reading. :)
scissorz scissorz 8 years
i really like how feisty she is -- she really goes for the jugular! i find her health care passion to be especially interesting now thanks to the election. i love her quirks too! at times it is a little much, but its super entertaining none the less. i like how that lends itself to humanizing the people in washington. its refreshing to see a not so slick politician character. i really like her boss too. it always seems like he knows something that she doesn't, but he never holds it against her. i feel like she reminds him of himself... idealistic almost to a fault and passionate about change. i'm interested to see where this goes... i will definitely finish ahead of schedule. a little question to think about ... aaron - friend or foe? is her infatuation going to cause her some problems later on? she was warned by her boss but threw caution to the wind and i'm not so sure it was the best choice
geebers geebers 8 years
I have this book from before it went on the best seller list! Also ready her next book -which is really good also. I studied Health Policy and plan to pursue it farther into my career - so I found her choice exciting (for me obviously) and I envy her character. I would love her job!
dragonfly79 dragonfly79 8 years
I am enjoying this book so far. I do like the fact that she likes her boss and is trying to completely believe in him. I find her passion inspiring...the subject, not as much. Sammy makes Washington a little of both. There are times it seems boring and then other times a very cool place to be. I do love her imperfections.
alltherage alltherage 8 years
Loved this book. Wont give away the ending. I worked on the Hill for a bit and she really captures the college but a little older enviornment. Her second book Sammy's house while pretty good is not nearly as good as teh prequel
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