1. So, my first question has to be, did you cry at the end? Were you surprised? Shocked?
2. Did you struggle with the beginning? And if so, did you feel that it was worth it once you got past the first few chapters? Do you think this might have had anything to do with the translation?
3. Did you find the characters likeable? Lovable?
4. Do you think Paloma's feelings were true, that we compromise the best parts of who we are as we become adults?
5. Someone I talked to about this book said it was filled with profound, but adolescent, philosophy. Do you agree? Do you feel that the philosophies woven throughout added to or detracted from the story?
6. Do you think the main point of the story is the wisdom of age that we pass down to our youth, or the fact that there are times when, indeed, love does conquer all? Both? Or something entirely different?
7. Do you think the book has a message?
8. Did you feel that the romance between Renée and Kakuro was real-to-life, or a bit too fairy tale? Does it matter?
9. What role did the nationalities of the main characters play in the book? Do you think it would have been different if they were American, or some other nationality? Do we automatically assign a certain romanticism to certain nationalities?
10. Did you feel like the characters were over-stereotyped? Do you think this was a useful tool in the telling of the story? Or did you feel they were not stereotyped at all?
11. Did you find any answers about the meaning of life within the story? Or did it raise more questions?
12. Sometimes, you read a book and you know immediately that in some small way, your life has been changed. Did you feel that way about this book?