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Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:23 PM by Lindsey Kult
1. Were you alive during the summer of 1969? If so, did this
book seem realistic to you? Did the songs trigger any memories for you?
2. Summer of ‘69 is a story of
family --- of mothers and children. Compare and contrast Kate and Exalta. What
is the source of friction between them --- their differences, or their
similarities? What are they like as mothers? How do mother and daughter change
as the summer progresses?
3. What are your thoughts on Blair’s marriage and pregnancy?
How would her pregnancy and relationship with her husband be viewed today?
4. Summer of ‘69 is also a story of relationships.
Talk about the bond between Jessie and her grandmother. What changes during the
summer? Does Jessie change more than Exalta? Vice versa?
5. How did you envision Tiger’s story ending? How do you
think Kate felt about Tiger’s last letter? Proud? Devastated? Or something
6. Did the characters seem believable to you? Did Elin
Hilderbrand’s characters surprise you in anyway?
7. Elin Hilderbrand tends to write main characters from
multiple generations. Which character did you find most relatable? Why?
8. Do you think Elin Hilderbrand’s decision to have Jessie’s
interaction with her first tennis coach was a commentary on today’s #metoo
movement? How would you have reacted as a young girl or as her grandmother?
9. Lifestyle is central to the story. The Levins and Nichols
live a relatively pampered life. How did meeting Pick adjust Jessie’s
worldview? What characters influenced Kirby’s worldview?
Tag(s): Library, Elin Hilderbrand, Book Club Questions, Book Club Discussion, Book Club