Hey everyone! I’m just going to finish posting the discussion and questions. Please chime in if you’ve read it! If for some reason you haven’t been able to get a hold of the book yet, the links to these discussion posts will be posted under the Group Reads page. You can join in at any time!

Please remember to start looking for August’s read Live a Little by Kim Green now! Our September read will be A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman and you might want to read A Passion Most Pure first. 🙂

Discussion questions can be found here.
If we don’t cover something you want to discuss, please bring it up!

A major theme in the book is poverty and what is the nature of true poverty. Here are some of our thoughts:
Leah: Interesting that Laurel had feelings for Bet when she was a baby, but not as she grew up.
Amy: Laurel only had Bet in their lives to protect Shelby from seeing the reality of poverty
Leah: I wonder if that would work?
Sally: NO
Amy: In some ways, by trying to protect her from it, she ended up experiencing the worst side of it
Sally: The poor are always with us.
Leah: And maybe to appease her own conscious about De Lop?
Sally: Was it her conscience or her mother’s – Laurel’s mother.
Amy I suppose that, too.
Sally: What is the worst side of poverty? Murder?
Amy: Yeah, the desperation that made Bet try to kill her
Sally: Was that poverty or lack of love in her life? Even rich kids might have that problem. She was screaming for attention.

What do you think? What was the real issue of poverty in this book? Was Laurel right in trying to soften the reality of De Lop for Shelby?

Thalia and Laurel seemed to criticize each other’s marriages and Thalia’s was very untraditional. Here’s out discussion about that!

Amy:I think Thalia’s was more like a business partnership. That was also a close friendship. But not at all romantic in nature, actually.
Leah: Yeah, like best friends with no benefits.
Sally: Laurel was blind about hers.
Leah: How do you think laurel was blind about hers? I considered hers ok, really. I mean David never did have an affair. Once they communicated, things seemed ok.
Sally: But things could have happened.
Amy: The worst part of Laurel’s relationship was Thalia.

What do you think about the two marriages in the book?

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6 Responses to “The Girl Who Stopped Swimming Day 2 Group Discussion”

  1. Michele Says:

    The poverty ‘elephant in the room’ thing was difficult for me throughout the book. I was mad that Laurel was ashamed of her past and thus shunned it. It’s no shame to be poor and especially to work your way out of poverty – no matter how you did it. I think, even though her mother had other issues, that her mother going back and helping out was a better way to handle things.

    As for the marriages – Thalia’s was weird for me but she seemed to be happy with it. Laurel and David’s was one where I think lots of us find ourselves at sometime in our marriage – taking it for granted, not spending enough time ‘working’ it like we did when we were dating and newly married.

    That’s my two cents! Thanks for doing the discussion. I enjoyed the book, but not as much as Ms. Jackson’s other books. But discussing it is still fun.

  2. Amy Says:

    Michele,
    I’ve read other people say the same thing about this book. I haven’t read her other two, but I’d be interested to know why you liked this one less.

  3. Michele Says:

    I don’t know how to describe it, really. I think it didn’t draw me in as much as the first two. I didn’t connect with Laurel as much as I wanted to, maybe? And the beginning was definitely difficult to figure out what was going on. I don’t know. My friend Julie also was not as happy with this one…I’ll ask her thoughts on why.

  4. Cheryl Says:

    I think that the issue about poverty in the book helps remind us that it is happening and poverty can be anywhere.

    I think it is ok that Luarel sheltered her daughter as long as Laurel made Shelby realize that it’s real and not just play it off.

    As far as the marriages go I would have to say each person has a different idea of what a marriage is and how it should work and for those people it sometimes works.

    I agree with Amy that I liked the first part of this book better.I ending kind of let me going it that it.

  5. Morgan Palmer Says:

    i always use Swimming as may daily exercise, it is much better than jogging and running-~*

  6. Wynell Roseborough Says:

    yes love it write more i wanna read.

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