We hope everyone has been enjoying our current book club selection, The Last Boy & Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian! All of us LC.com editors have been staying up a little too late at night because we can never put down the book after just a chapter or two. It’s funny because everyone seems to need an extra coffee run in the afternoon lately, and we all know why!
When we announced this book, we asked you to read to the end of Chapter 18 by today, so that we could post some discussion questions for the first half. If you couldn’t resist reading ahead, that’s OK of course. Just try not to post any spoilers for the rest of us! Here are the questions, with our own answers below…
- In the very first chapter of the book, it is revealed to us that Keeley is the “last girl in Aberdeen.” Do you think that we will later find out that Jesse is in fact the last boy?
- In what ways is Keeley able to act like her true self in front of Jesse? In what ways does she feel like she has to hide who she really is?
- What do you make of Levi Hamrick’s character? Do you think he has a crush on Keeley?
- Were you surprised when Keeley went in for the kiss with Jesse? Why or why not?
- If the government offered you a lot of money to leave the only home you had ever known—like state’s governor offers Aberdeen’s residents after the flood—would you take it or leave it, and why? How is Keeley’s family’s perspective on this different from Elise’s family’s?
- Why do you think Siobhan Vivian chose to start every chapter with the current forecast? What does this symbolize?
- We know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the cover and title do suggest that Jesse is there with Keeley at the very end of Aberdeen. It’s still hard to say at this point in the book if that will come true, but we certainly hope so. Keeley deserves a good love story with a happy ending, and she’s loved Jesse for so long.
- Wes’s comments lead Keeley to believe that she had to hide her silly, somewhat childish antics in order for boys to like her. But after feeling self-conscious about that for so long, she finally meets her match in Jesse—someone who is equally young at heart and isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get his friends to crack a smile. But at the same time, it’s clear that Keeley is still new to navigating the dating world, which causes her to over-think things. Every text she sends and everything she says to Jesse carries so much weight at this point. Especially after the incident at Spring Formal, Keeley starts to sensor herself a little bit more. But that’s pretty normal for any new relationship, and we still think that Keeley is able to be herself more than she would be with anyone else.
- Levi Hamrick always seems to appear at the most inopportune times, but that might actually be because he cares for Keeley. She’s embarrassed both times that he sees her crying, but he does seem genuinely concerned about her and wants to help her. On the surface, they both seem so different (and then there’s the fact that their families are at odds with each other…). But when you take a deeper look, they might not be so different after all.
- It definitely took a lot of confidence for Keeley to be the one to kiss Jesse, but we actually weren’t too surprised. Nothing is like it used to be for Keeley and her friends—their homes are ruined, they’ll probably have to leave their town soon, and who knows if some of them will ever see each other again. Feeling like the end is near can give people the courage they need to do things that they might otherwise be too afraid to do. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, so make the most out of today.
- This is a tough question that each of us on Team LC answered a little bit differently. For most people, the idea of “home” is much more than just a house to live in. It’s your family, your roots, and the community you’ve built with your friends and neighbors. In Aberdeen, a lot of the residents have lived there for several generations, which makes it even harder to leave. But all of us also have a bit of an adventurous streak in us, so we can see how Elise’s family wanted to take advantage of the opportunity the money would provide them with. As tragic as the flood was, it’s also an exciting thing to suddenly have the money to buy a new house and set down new roots wherever you want. Keeley’s family’s house was not completely ruined like Elise’s was, which is probably why it feels so much harder for them to leave. Elise’s family has no other choice.
- We definitely think there was some larger symbolism in the weather reports. Everything that Keeley and her friends are going through seems so unpredictable, just like the weather. Jesse is hot and cold with Keeley, as the forecast also fluctuates. There is the literal flood, and the flood of emotions that it leaves in its wake.
Now it’s your turn to answer the questions. Leave your responses in the comments section below!
Then, finish reading the book by Wednesday, May 18th at 4pm PST, which is when we’ll be having our live Twitter chat for the whole book. We will post a reminder that morning. Can’t wait!
XO Team LC
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