Please find the discussion questions for our April 2023 pick, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus below! I’d love to hear what you thought of the book.
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Lessons in Chemistry has enjoyed huge success since it come out in hardback last year. Did you know about its popularity when you bought or started reading it? Do you think being aware that a book has been well-received influences your reading experience?
What is your overall impression of Elizabeth as a protagonist? Why was chemistry the right career choice for her?
What did you think about the eventual romance between Elizabeth and Calvin? Why were they a good fit?
The story features a great supporting cast from the neighbor Harriet (who eventually becomes like family) to Elizabeth’s producer Walter (who becomes her best friend). Who was your favorite supporting character and why?
Why do you think the author decided to include the viewpoint of their dog, Six-Thirty? Did you like the dog as a character? How do you think their inclusion added to the story?
Were you surprised by Calvin’s death? Why do you think Bonnie Garmus decided to kill him off? What impact does his death have on the rest of Elizabeth’s story?
Elizabeth is so adamant about living life (and raising her child) on her own terms. How does this help her and how does it makes things more difficult?
Why did Elizabeth agree to host the cooking show? Why did the show resonate with women across the country?
This book has some truly brilliant and memorable moments. Did you have any favourites?
Lessons in Chemistry will be coming to Apple TV+ later this year. What do you think of the casting? Who would have been your ideal Elizabeth?