Since 2008 my friend Bri has been participating in a book club that gathers near Cleveland, Ohio. The group of family members and close friends meet every two to three months and whoever wants to host the discussion gets to pick the book. They read all genres of books which helps expose the club members to different titles that they may not have discovered outside the group. I was truly honored that they chose to read my novel, “Reality TV and Hookers”, at their last meeting on May 14.
Bri asked that I provide some questions for the group to discuss at the meeting. Below is a summary of some of their answers. The book club also came up with some reality TV show ideas of their own.
(If you haven’t already read the book or have not yet finished, you may want to hold off because there are some spoilers.)
1.) What would be your reaction if your brother/best guy friend told you he was dating Carly
Horrified till I got to know her
More paranoid if he had picked Ines vs. picking Carly
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