Book Clubs

 Jem (the dog at 32 Books & Gallery), resting after discussing The Long Hello.

Jem (the dog at 32 Books & Gallery), resting after discussing The Long Hello.

I love book clubs, and have belonged to a few over the years.

Included below are questions based on suggestions and examples from: online resources, a North Vancouver Book Club (Tara McGuire & members), Book Bundlz, Dale Carter, and 32 Books & Gallery.

The Long Hello - Book Club Questions


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The Story/Style

  1. What is the significance of the title? Would you have given the book a different title? If yes, what is your title?
  2. What do you think was the main theme of the book?
  3. Was there strong use of symbolism? How did it affect your interpretation of the story?
  4. What passage from the book stood out to you?
  5. Are there situations/characters you can identify with? If so, how?
  6. Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
  7. Do you feel as if your views on a subject have changed by reading this text?
  8. At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not? What helped make this decision?
  9. Name your favorite thing about the book. Your least favorite?
  10. If you could change something about the book what would it be, and why?
  11. Have you had a life changing revelation from reading this text?
  12. What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader?
  13. Did the author use first or third person perspective? Did this choice work?
  14. How did the book reflect your own life experiences?
  15. Was the setting an integral part of the story?
  16. Did you think the author’s style and tone were well matched to the narrative?
  17. What were the themes of the book? Do you feel they were adequately explored? Were they brought to life in a cliché or in a unique manner?
  18. What did you think of the structure and style of the writing? Was it expected? How would you describe the style?
  19. Describe what you liked or disliked about the writer’s style?
  20. What scene was the most pivotal for the book? How do you think the story would have changed had that scene not taken place?
  21. What scene resonated most with you in either a positive or negative way? Why?
  22. Has anything ever happened to you similar to what happened in the book? How did you react to it differently?
  23. What surprised you the most about the book?
  24. Were there any particular quotes that stood out to you? Why?


  1. Did any of the characters remind you of yourself or someone you know? How?
  2. Were there any moments where you disagreed with the choices of any of the characters? What would you have done differently?
  3. What past influences are shaping the actions of the characters in the story?

The Ending

  1. Did you think the ending was appropriate? How would you have liked to see the ending go?
  2. How have the characters changed by the end of the book?
  3. What do you think will happen next to the main character?


  1. Are there any books that you would compare this one to? How does this book hold up to them?
  2. Did your opinion of the book change as you read it? How?
  3. Would you read another book by this author? Why or why not?
  4. Would you recommend the book? To whom?