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Book club questions for Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin examines this unconventional love story between two friends. There will be spoilers so for more context about the book, check out my spoiler-free review first.
I have such mixed thoughts about this one. On one hand, I did quite enjoy it and thought it was impactful in certain sections. But I also felt something was missing—I didn’t love the friendship and ‘love’ story between Sam and Sadie.
What are your thoughts about it? Let me know below!
On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.
Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.
Book Club Questions for Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
- Let’s first talk about the significance of the book title. How does the title, which is borrowed from the famous Macbeth speech, relate to the themes of the story as a whole?
- Did you like the setting in the world of video game design?
- Why were Sam and Sadie so drawn to video games as teenagers at the hospital? What did it offer them?
- And on a similar note, why did they both want to create video games as adults?
- Especially during this era, Sadie is one of the few woman video game designers. Why were women undervalued in gaming?
- What are your thoughts on Sam and Sadie’s friendship throughout the years?
- While they both say I love you, they never become lovers. Why is that? Do you agree with Sadie that they are closer than lovers?
- Let’s talk about Sam’s tragic backstory and how it impacted how he viewed the world.
- Marx is a major character of the novel and if it weren’t for him, the video game might never have happened. Why do you feel people didn’t really take Marx that seriously?
- What was your impression of the romance between Sadie and Marx?
- How did Marx’s murder change everything for Sadie and Sam?
- Instead of coming together in grief, Sadie pushes Sam away and even blames him for what happened to Marx. Let’s talk about how Sam’s video game brought them back together in a small way.
- What do you think happens next for Sam and Sadie? Will they create another video game? Do you think they will ever be in a romantic relationship?
Hope you enjoyed book club questions for Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow! Here are some more recommendations along with links to book club questions.
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
Another impactful story is Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr.
Among the most celebrated and beloved novels of recent times, Cloud Cuckoo Land is a triumph of imagination and compassion, a soaring story about children on the cusp of adulthood in worlds in peril, who find resilience, hope, and a book.
In the 15th century, an orphan named Anna lives inside the formidable walls of Constantinople. She learns to read, and in this ancient city, famous for its libraries, she finds what might be the last copy of a centuries-old book, the story of Aethon, who longs to be turned into a bird so that he can fly to a utopian paradise in the sky. Outside the walls is Omeir, a village boy, conscripted with his beloved oxen into the army that will lay siege to the city. His path and Anna’s will cross.
In the present day, in a library in Idaho, octogenarian Zeno rehearses children in a play adaptation of Aethon’s story, preserved against all odds through centuries. Tucked among the library shelves is a bomb, planted by a troubled, idealistic teenager, Seymour. This is another siege.
And in a not-so-distant future, on the interstellar ship Argos, Konstance is alone in a vault, copying on scraps of sacking the story of Aethon, told to her by her father.
Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders whose lives are gloriously intertwined. Doerr’s dazzling imagination transports us to worlds so dramatic and immersive that we forget, for a time, our own.
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Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Carrie Soto is Back is a fantastic novel. I highly recommend!
Carrie Soto is fierce, and her determination to win at any cost has not made her popular. But by the time she retires from tennis, she is the best player the world has ever seen. She has shattered every record and claimed twenty Grand Slam titles. And if you ask Carrie, she is entitled to every one. She sacrificed nearly everything to become the best, with her father, Javier, as her coach. A former champion himself, Javier has trained her since the age of two.
But six years after her retirement, Carrie finds herself sitting in the stands of the 1994 US Open, watching her record be taken from her by a brutal, stunning player named Nicki Chan.
At thirty-seven years old, Carrie makes the monumental decision to come out of retirement and be coached by her father for one last year in an attempt to reclaim her record. Even if the sports media says that they never liked “the Battle-Axe” anyway. Even if her body doesn’t move as fast as it did. And even if it means swallowing her pride to train with a man she once almost opened her heart to: Bowe Huntley. Like her, he has something to prove before he gives up the game forever.
In spite of it all, Carrie Soto is back, for one epic final season. In this riveting and unforgettable novel, Taylor Jenkins Reid tells her most vulnerable, emotional story yet.
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