This month’s FYA Book Club selection is Every Breath by Ellie Marney. Check out the discussion questions below! (Slight spoilers ahead.)

P.S. If you’ve already read the book, feel free to add any other discussion questions of your own in the comments!


Have you ever fallen for the neighbour next door?


Who’s your fave fictional neighbour next door?


1. Do you ship Wattscroft? Or do you think Rachel and Mycroft were better as friends?

2. For someone as anti-social as Mycroft, did you find it strange that he knew so many people around the city?

3. Watts and Mycroft’s guidance counselor poses a great question: “Does being an eccentric genius excuse any kind of behavior, no matter how antisocial or self-destructive?”

4. Rachel’s parents are pretty typical YA parents, but Mike (her brother) is a more well-rounded character. Did you think he was a good brother?

5. Did you have any theories on who the killer was before the end?

6. How did you feel about the pacing of the mystery and its reveal?

7. How did you feel about the Sherlock Holmes parallels and references? How would you rank this book against other Sherlock Holmes adaptations?

8. There is a lot of Australian slang and terminology in the book.

  • For non-Australian clubs: Did you find it distracting, or did it add to the “atmosphere” of the story?

  • For Australian clubs: Did you find it authentic? What did you think of the depictions of the attitudes about urban and rural life, and Melbourne itself, if you’re familiar with it?

9. Every Breath is the first in a trilogy. Will you read the others?

This post was written by a guest writer or former contributor for Forever Young Adult.