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The Perfect Neighborhood
How does the title work in relation to the book's contents?
Was there one character you connected with more than the others? If so, who and why?
At what age would you allow your child to walk home from school either alone or with a friend?
Discuss the various relationships within the novel. Which were the strongest and which were the most toxic?
Phil Foster is different since he returned from Afghanistan. How do you think his experiences shaped the way he behaves?
Did you suspect the villain, and, if so, at what point in the story?
If you're a parent or own a home in a seemingly “perfect neighborhood,” did this story change your perspective in any way? If so, how?
Discuss the ending. What do you think is next for each of the characters?
He'll Be Waiting
Tess Porter allows her love for her boyfriend, James, to cloud her judgement when he asks to drive to the airport in a snowstorm to pick up his friend. What would you have done in that situation?
At the start of the novel, Tess is at odds with her best friend, Izzy. Discuss their relationship and how it evolves throughout the story.
Lydia suggests Tess begin writing in a diary to help recall and process the events that led to her hospitalization. Have you ever kept a journal or diary and did you find it helpful?
Tess's mother has a secret. Discussion how her deception impacts her relationships within her family and beyond.
How does Annie Banks shift Tess’s attitude and worldview?
When Rob takes an interest in Tess, initially, she hesitates. What would you have done in her shoes?
This novel illustrates the interconnectedness of our actions and their ripple effect. Have you experienced this in your life? To what degree?
What do you hope will happen next for Tess?