Summer Rental (Andrews) - Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions
1. Each of the four characters comes to Ebbtide with a major problem. How would you characterize each problem?

2. Which of the characters’ dilemmas did you find the easiest to relate to? Which one felt the least identifiable to you, and why?

3. There is a famous saying that “money is only something you need in case you don’t die tomorrow.” Do you feel that money could have solved each one of these characters’ problems, including Ty Bazemore? Why or why not?

4. Maryn Shackleford leaves her life behind to create a new identity. If you were in her position would you have done the same? Would it  be easy to leave your life behind? Have you ever been tempted to do so?

5. Does the idea of a month-long rental with a group of girlfriends appeal to you? Where would be your dream place to go? What problems could you foresee occurring?

6. Do you think it’s possible to be married to someone and not realize he’s gay? If Dorie’s situation happened to you, what would you do?

7. For someone who has devoted her entire life to her career, being fired is the ultimate devastation. Can you relate to Ellis’s situation? Do you understand why this threw her so much? Do you think being fired can actually end up being the best thing that ever happened to you?

8. Julia fights against the physical realities of growing old. What do you really think she’s worried about? Do you embrace the concept of aging with humor, acceptance, or dread?

9. Ty and Ellis could not be more opposite. But did you see any ways in which they are similar? Can you see their relationship working in the long term?

10. What is your go-to karaoke song?

11. If you were to create a soundtrack to go along with this book, what would be on the playlist?

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