Do you run a book club or participate in one?
If your club would like to read The Fifteenth of June, I may be able to provide you with a few complementary copies. Depending on my availability, I may also be able to join your club for a 30-minute teleconference. Please contact me for details.
Here are some sample discussion questions based on the book:
- The author does not reveal in what city or state The Fifteenth of June takes place, and the locations described throughout the text—Palmer Heights, Northwood Park, and Hillcrest Cemetery, for example—appear to be fictitious. Based on clues within the story, where and when do you believe it was set?
- Despite only a slight difference in age and a largely shared history, Drew and his brother Logan grow up to be two very different adults. Why do you think that is? Why do siblings often end up with such drastic variances in character?
- Do you believe Drew’s video diary help him cope with his negative emotions? If so, how?
- Drew wishes for his mother to guide him from beyond the grave. Do you believe she had a posthumous influence in this story, or was this merely wishful thinking on his part?
- Sierra seems to understand a great deal about Kara without actually meeting her. Is that because Sierra and Kara share some similarities? In what ways are these two characters alike and different?
- Why, after paying all the medical bills and funeral expenses, did Logan insist that Drew keep their father’s entire estate?
- Do you believe Sierra’s initial intentions with Drew were as altruistic as she claimed? If not, why do you really think she first approached him?
- What influence, if any, did Sierra have over Drew? Would he have found a reason to change without her?
- Drew is characterized as an alcoholic prone to self-destructive behavior and burdened with social disorders. Is it really possible for him to live happily ever after, or do you believe he will forever be battling his demons?
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