Book Club: Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore

Buzz Book Club: The Conclusion of Sammy's Hill


Welcome back, Buzz Book Club readers! We've reached the end of Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore just in time for the end of this election. I hope this fun romp through politics added some levity to what has been an intense month!

Here's how the Book Club goes if you're new: Every week I suggest chapters to complete by the next post (which, in this case, was every Friday in October). In these weekly Book Club posts, I posit a few questions to prompt discussion in the comment section.

I'll fill you in on my November book soon. For now, to discuss the final section of Sammy's Hill, in which we read from the chapter titled "Breathe in Deep, It's All Fresh Air" to the end of the book, just read more.

  1. The book really seems to speed up in this part, especially once RG becomes part of the presidential ticket. Did you think the fast pace helped convey the craziness of Sammy's life during the race? Or do you wish we'd spent a little more time on this part of things (and maybe a little less time on Aaron)?
  2. Speaking of boys, Sammy sure does seem to attract a lot of them. Do you think she made the right call in choosing Charlie, or are you still suspicious of him? Did you like her relationship with Bob, or did it just seem like a distraction? I thought her breakup with Bob was extremely swift and easy, which I suppose goes along with the accelerated pacing of the end of the book.
  3. The entire book seems to have something to do with coming to terms with the reality of your job — that no matter how idealistic you are, there will still be times when you're disappointed. Did you appreciate the way Sammy dealt with those issues? Could you relate to those feelings from your own professional life?
  4. What do you imagine happening to Sammy after the end of the book? If you've read the sequel, does it match what you hoped would happen?
  5. In the movie version of this book, who could you see playing Sammy? What about the other characters (Liza, Aaron, Charlie, Bob, Darlene, etc.)?
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