Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.
When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.
But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?
As Regan’s story begins, she is presented as manipulative, spiteful, anxiety-ridden, and not very likable. At what point did you begin to feel some empathy for her and her situation? What made her likable to you as a reader?
On page 23, Regan states “There was nowhere in the world I was allowed to be just average.” How common is this phenomena in today’s high schools? Are students pushed to achieve too much in order to get into the best colleges and career tracks?
Regan’s mother’s voice guided many of her decisions. How did her mother’s advice about life help her? How did it hurt her?
On page 72, Regan states that words “were useless sounds passed through lips that faded as soon as they were spoken. Unlike texts, which could be captured, copied, forwarded, and saved.” Do you agree with both of these thoughts? Give examples from your own life.