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Book Club Questions for My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

Book Club Questions for My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley

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My Ex-Life by Stephen McCauley is an original story with likable characters. It’s a witty, sharp and feel-good novel that left me with a smile on my face when I finished it. The following book club questions will have spoilers so if you haven’t read the novel yet, check out my preview and review first.

There’s quite a bit to unravel here! Each of the three main characters—David, Julie and Mandy—had interesting character arcs. I really liked how the story wrapped nicely for David and Julie. One reason David and Julie are so connected is that they knew each other a time before life disappointed them. I loved how they came back together in an untraditional but enduring way.

Mandy’s story became more complex than I expected. But she’ll be okay in the end too. This blended, unique family will stick together.

Book Club Questions for My Ex-Life

  • The story featured the perspectives of David, Julie and Mandy. Which one did you like the most? Do you feel you related to any of the characters? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think David immediately jumped at the chance to help Julie?
  • Julie is clearly a big pot head and she says she’s giving it up even though she’s constantly stoned, at the beginning at least. Do you think Julie simply enjoyed getting high or was it a way to avoid her problems? How did it create more problems for her?
  • Julie and David love each other, without being in love. What do you think about their dynamic and where their story went? Do you think David will ever move out of the house?
  • Mandy is very complicated teenager. Why do you think she was so unsatisfied with everything? What was she looking for? Where do you see her story going after the book ended?
  • What do you think about the scenes dedicated to the Airbnb and the Airbnb consultant?
  • The book covers divorce, secrets, blended families, etc. What are some of the key themes you picked up on?
  • What did you think about the one-liners and social commentary, particularly from David?

Next on my TBR (to be read) list

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is next on my list. Check out my preview here.

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