Reading Guide Questions
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- Beauty and thinness are touted to be everything in society. Carey is thin with a beautiful face. Would you trade your life for hers, to have those two things?
- The author has described civilization as being like a photograph, and Carey's life, the photonegative. What do you think she means by that?
- In society today, it's all too easy to pigeonhole or stereotype people. Carey knew great misfortune. But she also knew great gifts. What were they?
- Abuse is a sad fact in modern society. Carey eventually told. Did she do the right thing? What would you do?
- Throughout the novel, the reader is shown how books and music became soothing touchstones for Carey, in an unpredictable world. What are your touchstones?
- Many people remark on Delaney. Is she really a mean girl, or is she also struggling to find where she fits in this new, unexpected family?
- Shorty and Jenessa fit together like Leggo. Why do you suppose this dog was so healing?
- Carey wants the love of her new family so much, it hurts. Have you ever wanted something so much, it hurts?
- Carey has been described as a strong, brave, resourceful heroine. Would she have been the same if she'd kept her secret?
- The premise of this book is that love heals. Agree? Disagree?
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