What choices do the characters make that you agree with and what choice do they make that you disagree with? Why?
What themes did you find in Friends Forever? What do you think the author was trying to convey to the reader?
How do you feel about Quinn lying to Ace? Do you feel lying is ever justified? Why or why not?
Describe Quinn’s and Ace’s childhoods. How do their childhoods shape the adults they become? What events in your own childhood do you feel shaped your adult life?
The first chapter begins with Winston murdering Chrissy. How would you feel about the book and Quinn if it started with the second chapter and you did not know who Quinn was hiding from and why?
The book is told from the point-of-view of Quinn, Ace, and Winston. Describe each character’s point-of-view. Why do you think the author chose to tell the story this way?
Although Quinn and Ace are the heroine and hero and Winston the villain, what good and bad characteristics do each of them reveal?
How do Quinn, Ace, and Winston change over the course of the story?
Did you find the characters and their actions believable? Were the characters fully developed or were any one-dimensional?
Jason and Taylor are minor characters, but have a major impact in the book. What actions of the children seem typical and which ones do not?
The setting Hickory Hills, Illinois is fiction, but the slave house called Hickory Hills Plantation is a real place in southern Illinois that was used to house slaves to work in the salt mines. Did you know about the loophole in the state law that allowed people in Illinois to rent slaves? The State of Illinois presently owns the slave house which closed in 2006 for lack of funds. Many people do not want it reopened because they do not want to acknowledge that dark part of Illinois history. How do you feel? If you are interested in learning more about Hickory Hills Plantation read the book Slaves, Salt, Sex, & Mrs. Crenshaw by Jon Musgrave.
What was your reaction to the slave house and the mother voices? Did other parts of the setting enhance the story?
What events in the book surprised you? What events were predictable?
“Sisters forever, come together,” was the promise Melana and Chrissy made to each other. Do you have a “sister” that you know would always help you and vice versa?
“Still, as soon as she stepped across the threshold, a sense of relief swept over her. She was home.” What place in your life do you feel is your “home?” (Chapter Three, page 12)
“What I’m trying to say is I wasn’t cut out to be a mother.” (Chapter Forty-seven, page 261) Can you relate to Quinn’s fear of becoming a mother? Are all women meant to be mothers? Why or why not?
Quinn feels guilty for giving Taylor up for adoption. Stephanie makes Ace feel guilty for taking Jason away from his friends so Ace can be with him. (Chapter Forty-seven, page 263). What choices have you struggled with in being a parent that made you feel guilty?
Did the book have a satisfying ending? Why or why not?
What did you like about Friends Forever? What did you dislike?
If you could ask the author any question, what would it be?