Since I didn't take a poll first this time, it's not at all clear to me how many of you may have read this. But let me say to all of you that I think you should. It's a romance novel, yes, but with so much other stuff going on. Easy reading, but with lots to think about.
Also, I think I can say without fear of spoilers here before the jump, that while I don't often cast movie stars into parts of a book while I'm reading, in this case I did. The role of Louisa in my head was played by Martine McCutcheon, aka Natalie, Hugh Grant's assistant/love interest in Love Actually.
And now, if you've read the book, click through to the discussion where there will be SO MANY SPOILERS. (Ok, having now written it, there aren't really, but the comments will be full of them, I'm sure.)
First of all, apparently you were supposed to read this with a box of tissues. If you didn't cry while reading this book, raise your hand. Just me? Damn it! I really am dead inside.
So. There are lots of things we could talk about. We could discuss what we think of the different narrators for different chapters and whether it gave us more sympathy for different characters. We could talk about Louisa's complicated relationship with her sister. There is Patrick and the idea of staying in a relationship out of comfort rather than actual love. Or how much of Lou's lack of achievement came from the way she was treated at home. You are allowed and encouraged to discuss any of these topics.
But we could also just skip to: what did you think? Was Will justified in what he did? Should his parents have gone along? Should Louisa have been there? Louisa's mom sure felt strongly, didn't she?
If you could put yourself in any of these characters' shoes, what do you think you would do?