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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…

Reader Questions:

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. What do you make of Levi Hamrick’s character? Do you think he has a crush on Keeley?
  4. Were you surprised when Keeley went in for the kiss with Jesse? Why or why not?
  5. 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?
  6. Why do you think Siobhan Vivian chose to start every chapter with the current forecast? What does this symbolize?

Our Answers:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

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  • How fun! I’m adding this book to my reading list!

    • LaurenConradOnline

      Can’t wait for you to read it! You’ll have to let us know how you like it. 🙂

  • Fallon

    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?
    No, I never thought that Jesse would be the last boy in Aberdeen. My guess was between Wes and Levi. Levi because I felt that he would bring out the best in her, and I thought Wes would be an option because they both cared for Morgan and it would be nice to set there differences aside. However, Wes was not truly from Aberdeen.

    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?
    Keeley feels like there similarities does not need to be hidden, however, she feels like she needs to hide there differences. That she can only show him the parts of her personality that makes her feel good about herself like the ability to make others laugh.

    What do you make of Levi Hamrick’s character? Do you think he has a crush on Keeley?
    As a character I was not overly found of Levi. He is defiantly a Mr.Darcy character. A character with a heart of gold who hides behind a rough exterior. I know I should love Mr.Darcy characters and I usually do but I found it unbecoming in a character so young. I do think he has a crush on Keeley and I also think that he would be good for her even if he is not my favorite character.

    Were you surprised when Keeley went in for the kiss with Jesse? Why or why not?
    I was not surprised when Keeley kissed Jesse. She liked him and her world was changing. It is much easier to kiss a boy when your time is limited then if you had all year.

    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?
    Yes, I would leave my home . I think it is because I have moved so much in my life and truly enjoyed the process. I loved leaving my security blanket of a small town to go away to school. I loved moving for jobs. I loved traveling and meeting new people.

    I found by finding were I want to be fulfilled things in me more then living were I was told to be in a small town.

    Why do you think Siobhan Vivian chose to start every chapter with the current forecast? What does this symbolize?
    The current forecast symbolizes the state of the story. Also to give you an idea of the state of the town without having to explain it every day.
    I truly enjoyed this addictive story.

  • Ana

    I would love to read the book if you liked it so much! xxx
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  • Cyndel Koopmann

    Q1.) 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?
    A1.) At the beginning of the story when Keeley confessed her love for Jesse and began flirting with him I did. Then after what happened at Spring Formal, my thoughts changed. I began thinking Levi would be since he has a crush on Keeley. Now I am not sure and I am back to thinking Jesse will be the last boy since him and Keeley are back to flirting and hanging out. I guess we will just have to wait and see 🙂

    Q2.) 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?
    A2.) At the beginning of the book Keeley was able to just act like her normal self when Jesse started texting her. Then, however, once Morgan and Elise found out things changed. She started being more reserved and thinking about the perfect thing to say or do and Morgan and Elise started controlling the situation. Then after what happened at Spring Formal, Keeley is really more reserved. And doesn’t want to screw up her relationship with Jesse again.

    Q3.) What do you make of Levi Hamrick’s character? Do you think he has a crush on Keeley?
    A3.) I honestly am not to fond of Levi Hamrick. To me he seems to be a goody too shoes. He definitely appears to have a crush on Keeley. He always shows up in the most inopportune times, especially when she is crying. His character isn’t rude to her about her crying, he really tries to comfort her showing how much he really does care. He probably is the ideal boy. He just needs to loosen up a little bit and needs to get out of his element and just be spontaneous.

    Q4.) Were you surprised when Keeley went in for the kiss with Jesse? Why or why not?
    A4.) I was a little surprised because that is something that I would never do. I’m too shy. However, Keeley is more outgoing than me and her personality is very free spirited and is always trying to maker her friends laugh and have fun. So her going in for the kiss just suits her personality.

    Q5.) 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?
    A5.) I honestly would take the money. I would love to travel, but it is really hard since everything is so expensive. I love going new places and meeting new people. Someday I would love to move to a different state when i am able to find a job in a different state. It is so hard to find a job in a different state as well. I understand how it would be difficult for the people in Aberdeen to just pick up and move since Aberdeen is their home and has been for generations. They know everyone and are comfortable there and not everyone can handle change or new situations all that well. Keeley’s family’s perspective is completely different than Elise’s family because Elise’s family lost everything. There is nothing back in Aberdeen for them anymore. They have to start over and buy everything they will need. Sometimes it is just easier to start over somewhere new instead of the place where they lost everything. Living in Aberdeen would just be a reminder to them of everything they lost.

    Q6.) Why do you think Siobhan Vivian chose to start every chapter with the current forecast? What does this symbolize?
    A6.) I really enjoyed the weather forecast at the beginning of the chapter. It was an easy way for the author to show what the weather is like during each chapter. I don’t think the worst of the storm is over. I think we still have a big storm coming. The weather forecast kind of symbolized the characters in the story. For example, the night of the Spring Formal there was a huge storm and, therefore, that is the same night that Jesse and Keeley’s relationship kind of got awkward and he blew her off. Since I am predicting there is another big storm coming, I also think there is a big story line yet to occur. The climax of the story is still yet to come.

    I thoroughly am enjoying this story. I can’t wait to finish it and see how it ends 🙂

  • Lana

    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?

    No, I do not think Jesse will be the last boy. He strikes me as the kind of guy who’s there for a good time, but will bounce the moment things become too real. We’ve already seen an example of this with his reaction to Keeley revealing her feelings for him.
    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?

    Keeley can be the fun loving girl around Jesse who is always making those around her laugh when there may not be much around them to smile about. This is the Keeley we see at the Spring formal and in the parking lot with the slip ‘n’ slide. However, Keeley is much more complex than this, as we see with her home life that has been strained since her Father’s accident. Keeley is reluctant to show the more serious side of her character and share the more intimate details of her life with Jesse, which became apparent the night of the town evacuation to the school and Keeley became uncomfortable with the prospect of others spending the night in the same room as her Father.
    What do you make of Levi Hamrick’s character? Do you think he has a crush on Keeley?

    Initially, our scope of Levi is limited to Keeley’s point of view and the perspective of his peers who project an unfavourable light on his character. However, it soon becomes clear that he is so much than this. He shows to be caring, and unlike Jesse isn’t afraid of real emotions, as he seems to come to Keeley’s rescue not once but twice when she is overcome with emotion to the point of tears. Levi seems to have some feelings for Keeley, because he appears to be genuinely concerned for her well-being and goes through the effort of going to her house to check on her making sure she is safe. Levi is turning out to be the kind of guy that would be good for Keeley.
    Were you surprised when Keeley went in for the kiss with Jesse? Why or why not?

    It was not surprising that Keeley went for the kiss. She is a go getter and got caught up in the moment, coupled with the uncertainty of what’s to come allowed Keeley to take the chance and go for it.
    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?

    This is an interesting issue for a coming of age novel, and an appropriate one too. Change is an inevitable part of life and growing up. The emotional turmoil that comes with leaving home and going off to college seem to take the physical form of the storm. With that said, given the circumstances especially in the case of Elise and her family who lost everything, I would be inclined to take the money from the government for a new beginning. However, I admire the tenacity of Keeley’s father and willingness to do whatever it takes to save Aberdeen. Additionally, I appreciate his reluctance to accept the word of someone in authority just because of their position, but rather one should question their motives and decide for themselves.
    Why do you think Siobhan Vivian chose to start every chapter with the current forecast? What does this symbolize?

    In beginning the chapter with a current forecast it provides the reader with an insight of what’s to come. The more tumultuous the weather, the greater the emotional roller coaster the characters and subsequently the reader experience. Personally, the night of flood and Spring formal was the most emotional for me, and had me literally on the edge of my seat. Let’s just say it face me all the feels. The climax of chapter seemed to be illustrated by the events of the storm, and similarly the anti-climax was signified by the calming of the storm the next day.

  • Lana

    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?

    No, I do not think Jesse will be the last boy. He strikes me as the kind of guy who’s there for a good time, but will bounce the moment things become too real. We’ve already seen an example of this with his reaction to Keeley revealing her feelings for him.
    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?

    Keeley can be the fun loving girl around Jesse who is always making those around her laugh when there may not be much around them to smile about. This is the Keeley we see at the Spring formal and in the parking lot with the slip ‘n’ slide. However, Keeley is much more complex than this, as we see with her home life that has been strained since her Father’s accident. Keeley is reluctant to show the more serious side of her character and share the more intimate details of her life with Jesse, which became apparent the night of the town evacuation to the school and Keeley became uncomfortable with the prospect of others spending the night in the same room as her Father.
    What do you make of Levi Hamrick’s character? Do you think he has a crush on Keeley?

    Initially, our scope of Levi is limited to Keeley’s point of view and the perspective of his peers who project an unfavourable light on his character. However, it soon becomes clear that he is so much than this. He shows to be caring, and unlike Jesse isn’t afraid of real emotions, as he seems to come to Keeley’s rescue not once but twice when she is overcome with emotion to the point of tears. Levi seems to have some feelings for Keeley, because he appears to be genuinely concerned for her well-being and goes through the effort of going to her house to check on her making sure she is safe. Levi is turning out to be the kind of guy that would be good for Keeley.
    Were you surprised when Keeley went in for the kiss with Jesse? Why or why not?

    It was not surprising that Keeley went for the kiss. She is a go getter and got caught up in the moment, coupled with the uncertainty of what’s to come allowed Keeley to take the chance and go for it.
    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?

    This is an interesting issue for a coming of age novel, and an appropriate one too. Change is an inevitable part of life and growing up. The emotional turmoil that comes with leaving home and going off to college seem to take the physical form of the storm. With that said, given the circumstances especially in the case of Elise and her family who lost everything, I would be inclined to take the money from the government for a new beginning. However, I admire the tenacity of Keeley’s father and willingness to do whatever it takes to save Aberdeen. Additionally, I appreciate his reluctance to accept the word of someone in authority just because of their position, but rather one should question their motives and decide for themselves.
    Why do you think Siobhan Vivian chose to start every chapter with the current forecast? What does this symbolize?

    In beginning the chapter with a current forecast it provides the reader with an insight of what’s to come. The more tumultuous the weather, the greater the emotional roller coaster the characters and subsequently the reader experience. Personally, the night of flood and Spring formal was the most emotional for me, and had me literally on the edge of my seat. Let’s just say it face me all the feels. The climax of chapter seemed to be illustrated by the events of the storm, and similarly the anti-climax was signified by the calming of the storm the next day.

  • Lana

    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?

    No, I do not think Jesse will be the last boy. He strikes me as the kind of guy who’s there for a good time, but will bounce the moment things become too real. We’ve already seen an example of this with his reaction to Keeley revealing her feelings for him.
    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?

    Keeley can be the fun loving girl around Jesse who is always making those around her laugh when there may not be much around them to smile about. This is the Keeley we see at the Spring formal and in the parking lot with the slip ‘n’ slide. However, Keeley is much more complex than this, as we see with her home life that has been strained since her Father’s accident. Keeley is reluctant to show the more serious side of her character and share the more intimate details of her life with Jesse, which became apparent the night of the town evacuation to the school and Keeley became uncomfortable with the prospect of others spending the night in the same room as her Father.
    What do you make of Levi Hamrick’s character? Do you think he has a crush on Keeley?

    Initially, our scope of Levi is limited to Keeley’s point of view and the perspective of his peers who project an unfavourable light on his character. However, it soon becomes clear that he is so much than this. He shows to be caring, and unlike Jesse isn’t afraid of real emotions, as he seems to come to Keeley’s rescue not once but twice when she is overcome with emotion to the point of tears. Levi seems to have some feelings for Keeley, because he appears to be genuinely concerned for her well-being and goes through the effort of going to her house to check on her making sure she is safe. Levi is turning out to be the kind of guy that would be good for Keeley.
    Were you surprised when Keeley went in for the kiss with Jesse? Why or why not?

    It was not surprising that Keeley went for the kiss. She is a go getter and got caught up in the moment, coupled with the uncertainty of what’s to come allowed Keeley to take the chance and go for it.
    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?

    This is an interesting issue for a coming of age novel, and an appropriate one too. Change is an inevitable part of life and growing up. The emotional turmoil that comes with leaving home and going off to college seem to take the physical form of the storm. With that said, given the circumstances especially in the case of Elise and her family who lost everything, I would be inclined to take the money from the government for a new beginning. However, I admire the tenacity of Keeley’s father and willingness to do whatever it takes to save Aberdeen. Additionally, I appreciate his reluctance to accept the word of someone in authority just because of their position, but rather one should question their motives and decide for themselves.
    Why do you think Siobhan Vivian chose to start every chapter with the current forecast? What does this symbolize?

    In beginning the chapter with a current forecast it provides the reader with an insight of what’s to come. The more tumultuous the weather, the greater the emotional roller coaster the characters and subsequently the reader experience. Personally, the night of flood and Spring formal was the most emotional for me, and had me literally on the edge of my seat. Let’s just say it face me all the feels. The climax of chapter seemed to be illustrated by the events of the storm, and similarly the anti-climax was signified by the calming of the storm the next day.

    • Lana

      ***gave me all the feels

  • siobhan vivian

    i love reading everyone’s take on these discussion points! and i’m so glad you all are enjoying my book so far! xx!

  • emily

    1.) I think Levi will be the last boy. He seems to really care about her and want to make sure she is okay. I definitely think he would go back and look for her if she didn’t leave the town when everyone else did. I don’t think Jesse would do that. He seems to have a high turnover on girls.
    2.) I think Keeley can be herself but she is also overthinking everything. She is making herself more nervous that she needs to be. Jesse clearly likes her for who she is but then her friends got in her head and that’s when she started to mess things up.
    3.) Reading about Levi and Keeley together fascinates me. I think he is completely in love with her and will do anything for her. I could see those two being the perfect match. It’s so cute how he has been going out of his way to make sure she is okay. I have to say I would be annoyed too if someone told my Mom about a job opportunity after I finished saying I did not want it.
    4.) I was very surprised since she was so upset about how the dance ended. It was risky but it paid off. She would have regretted it if she didn’t take the opportunity. I don’t think she would have gone for it if Elise and Morgan didn’t tell her that he was flirting.
    5) I would hate to leave my house. I would like to move to a new town and start an adventure but I love my house so I wouldn’t want anything to happen to it. This situation reminded me of Hurricane Sandy I personally did not lose my house but I know a lot of people did. It was very sad and stressful situation.
    6.) I’m not sure why the weather is there but it helps to imagine what is happening in that little town. I do agree with the other reviews that it symbolizes what is to come.
    I am really enjoying this story. I love the storyline between Keeley and Jesse. I always get excited when I see texts on the next page.

  • Carolyn

    Reader Questions and Answers:

    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?

    ♡ I don’t believe that Jesse is the last boy. Jesse has just requested that the two of them be the last but I doubt this story is that simple and straight forward. Can young love be that easy? I have my doubts.

    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?

    ♡ Keeley seems comfortable to jokingly respond to Jesse’s advances but in doing so it leaves her the out to say she was not serious about him. Joking is what she does best (she admits) but it is also her armour.

    What do you make of Levi Hamrick’s character? Do you think he has a crush on Keeley?

    ♡ He is the opposite to Keeley in every way. He remembers details of his previous history with Keeley so I believe he has a crush and not just a concern for her.

    Were you surprised when Keeley went in for the kiss with Jesse? Why or why not?

    ♡ Yes! No joke!

    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?

    ♡ No. How can you put a price on family, friends and history? Keeley’s family did not lose everything. They may not be rich but they have choices.

    Why do you think Siobhan Vivian chose to start every chapter with the current forecast? What does this symbolize?

    ♡ Weather is a great symbol for emotions. I read that dreaming of a flood can mean you are overwhelmed by your emotions.

    Thank you Siobhan! I’ve enjoyed the first 18 chapters!

    -Carolyn