P.S. If you’ve already read the book, feel free to add any other discussion questions of your own in the comments!
Growing up, did you ever have a friend whose life you coveted? What in particular made it so desirable to you?
1. This book basically starts at the end of the story and builds back to the beginning. Do you feel that E. Lockhart effectively pulled off this structure? Were there certain twists you guessed and others that shocked you? Did the reveals feel true to the story and the characters?
2. How did your feelings toward Jule change over the course of reading the book? By the end, how would you judge her nature and her culpability in the events that occurred?
3. Jule’s feminism feeds into her notion of self–she pictures herself as a badass heroine in contrast to the “great white hetero hero on his fucking epic journey.” But as Lockhart reveals more and more about Jule, would you still consider this book to be feminist in nature? Why or why not?
4. How much of a difference did you perceive between Imogen and Jule’s idea of Imogen?
5. Did you find any of the supporting characters redeemable? Why or why not?
6. Once you finished the book, did you go back to re-read certain sections? If so, did you notice details that, in hindsight, pointed to the book’s conclusion?