Thursday, May 29, 2014

Teen Book Club - May

The TBC met last night to discuss the book for May - An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.

Here are the discussion questions we used:

  1. What did you think of the book in general?
  2. If Colin ever perfected an equation for relationships, would you use it?  Why or why not?
  3. What did you think of the footnotes throughout the book?  Did they make the story better/worse for you?
  4. Why does Colin like anagramming words? How does this affect his interactions with others?
  5. What did you think of Hassan?  What kind of influence was he on Colin?  Why do you think they became friends?
  6. What did you think of Gutshot, Lindsey, Lindsey's friends, and Hollis?
  7. Did you have a favorite scene or part in the book?
  8. How does Colin see himself vs. how do other people see Colin?
  9. If you could go on a road trip...
    1. Which real person that you know would you go with?
    2. Which celebrity would you go with?
    3. Which made up character would you go with?
    4. And where would you go, and why?
  10. Ratings and final thoughts!
    1. BONUS QUESTION: If you were casting for AAoK: The Movie, who would you cast as Colin, Hassan, Lindsey, Hollis, etc?

Our ratings:

Melanie: 7/10 - Good book for reluctant readers because it was a fun story and easy to read.
Catherine: 9.5/10 - Perfect book for teens - it will make you laugh, it's a lot of fun!
MissKaryntheLibrarian: 8/10 - This book has a cute story, interesting characters, a setting I could imagine perfectly, and math, if you like that sort of thing!

For June we are reading Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn.

In the early twentieth century, four sisters and their widowed mother, a famed spiritualist, travel from New York to London, and as the Titanic conveys them and their acquaintances, journalist W.T. Stead, scientist Nikola Tesla, and industrialist John Jacob Astor, home, Tesla's inventions will either doom or save them all.
 Copies of the book are available at the library.  Discussion, snack, and preview of the new books for July will be on Wednesday, June 25th 6:00-7:00pm.

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