Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.
Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.
When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.
To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.
Book Club Questions for Never Have I Ever
- So the story starts off with a book club meeting! What did you first think about this meeting and the dynamic between all the characters? What did you think about Roux’s game?
- Amy seems like she has life all set—she’s happily married with a baby and a step daughter she adores. But she’s hiding some intense secrets. Chapter 2 starts off the journey of Amy’s past. Let’s talk about some of the key differences between Amy of 1991 and present day Amy.
- What did you think about her dynamic with Tig?
- Amy is focused on her weight, both as a youth and adult. Let’s talk about how this insecurity impacted the night with Tig and the aftermath.
- We learn that Amy and Tig got in a car accident with a neighbor Mrs. Shipley and her daughter, Lolly, and son Paul. The car accident kills Mrs. Shipley. Let’s discuss this.
- Who did you think Roux was at first—did you think she was Lolly or someone else from the neighborhood?
- Roux is trying to blackmail Amy about her past to receive the rest of Amy’s inheritance. Amy pretends to agree to it but in reality, she’s trying to play the game and outsmart Roux. What would you have done if you were Amy?
- Why do you think Amy couldn’t tell her husband about her past? He’s not in the book a ton but let’s speculate how he would have reacted to it.
- Amy’s mother forces her to say that Amy wasn’t driving that night. But Amy is convinced she did even though Tig believes he drove. Who do you think drove that night?
- Why did Amy move back to Florida and near her old neighborhood? Why was teaching diving an ideal career choice for her?
- It turns out that Roux is not from Amy’s old neighborhood—but she blackmails lawyers and others for money. What did you think about the twist?
- The dynamic between Roux and Amy takes some interesting turns—with both admitting they might have more in common than it seems, at first. In what ways were they similar?
- What did you think about the reunion between Amy and Tig? It’s apparent they both still have feelings for each other—let’s talk about that.
- Roux’s “son” Luca starts hanging out with Maddy, Amy’s stepdaughter. Let’s talk about their “friendship.” Did you suspect that something was up with Luca?
- So it turns out Charlotte is none other than Lolly! What did you think about that reveal? Why did Amy feel she needed to be near her? Do you think Amy made poor judgment getting so close to her or did you understand why?
- Roux almost dies diving with Amy, Luca and Maddy. Amy considers not helping her at first but she ends up saving Roux’s life. Let’s talk about Amy’s decision and how that proved she’s not like Roux.
- The climax is a lot—we find out that Luca is definitely not Roux’s son and she actually has kidnapped him and he’s a victim of rape. Let’s discuss this shocking section.
- What did you think about the ending overall? Do you think Maddy knows the truth about Amy’s past? Will it ever come out? And if does, how will everyone react?
What To Read Next
Here are some other thrilling stories that are also interesting character studies.
Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova is an original psychological suspense tale.
Lana Stone has never considered herself a stalker–until the night she impulsively follows a familiar face through the streets of New York’s Upper West Side. Her target? The “anonymous” egg donor she’d selected through an agency, the one who’s making motherhood possible for her. Hungry to learn more about her, Lana plans only to watch her from a distance. But when circumstances bring them face-to-face, an unexpected friendship is born.
Katya, a student at Columbia, is the yin to Lana’s yang, an impulsive free spirit who lives life at the edge. And for pragmatic Lana, she’s a breath of fresh air and a welcome distraction from her painful breakup with her baby’s father. Then, just as suddenly as Katya entered Lana’s life, she disappears–and Lana might have been the last person to see her before she went missing. Determined to find out what became of the woman to whom she owes so much, Lana digs into Katya’s past, even as the police grow suspicious of her motives. But she’s unprepared for the secrets she unearths, and their power to change everything she thought she knew about those she loves best…
Girls like Us by Cristina Alger is an engaging page-turner about an FBI agent’s search for the truth.
FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother, Marisol, who was murdered when Nell was just seven.
When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in so that she can spread her father’s ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father’s partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect–and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Plagued by doubts about her mother’s murder–and her own role in exonerating her father in that case–Nell can’t help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques and why. But she may not like the answers she finds–not just about those she loves, but about herself.