The Quarry Girls
by Jess Lourey
Discussion Questions:
1. How does the small-town setting contribute to the overall atmosphere and mood of the story? In what ways does it impact the characters and their actions?

2. The theme of friendship is central to the narrative. Discuss the dynamics among the Quarry Girls and how their relationships evolve throughout the book. What challenges do they face, and how do they support one another?

3. Secrets play a significant role in the story. How do the characters' personal secrets and the town's hidden history intersect? How does the revelation of these secrets impact the characters' lives and the overall plot?

4. Explore the theme of resilience in "The Quarry Girls." How do the characters demonstrate resilience in the face of adversity? What lessons can be learned from their journeys?

5. Jess Lourey introduces diverse and complex characters in the novel. Discuss the representation and development of these characters. Which character(s) did you connect with the most, and why?

6. The book incorporates elements of mystery and suspense. Did you find the plot engaging and well-paced? Were there any twists or revelations that surprised you?

7. "The Quarry Girls" explores the idea of confronting one's past and the consequences of buried secrets. How do the characters grapple with their pasts, and what impact does this have on their present lives?

8. Discuss the role of the town itself as a character. How does the town's history and its physical environment shape the events and the characters' experiences?

9. The author touches on themes of forgiveness and redemption. How are these themes explored throughout the book? Do you think the characters find resolution and closure by the end?

10. Reflect on the overall message or takeaway from "The Quarry Girls." What insights did you gain from the story, and how did it resonate with you personally?

Discussion questions by PrincetonBookReview
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Book Club Talking Points:
The novel tackles various themes, such as friendship, secrets, resilience, and the power of confronting one's past. The complexity and relatability of these characters also provide an excellent opportunity for book club members to delve into their motivations, emotions, and relationships. And, the novel explores the bond between the Quarry Girls and the strength that comes from female friendships.

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