Discussion Q's

Discussion Questions for Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Hey everyone! My book club read Far Far Away for our August book, and it didn’t come with any discussion questions, so here are the ones I made up! Hope this helps someone out there!  Also, for those who haven’t read the book yet, beware of questions 7-9! They have major spoilers in them!!!

  1. What was your reaction to this book having no chapters, only page breaks?
  2. Do you think there was any significance to the image chosen for the page break? If so, what was it?  Do you think something like this should have significance to the story or be merely decorative?
  3. How did you feel about Jacob Grimm being the narrator as well as a character in the story?
  4. Did you ever feel jarred by having a young protagonist narrated by an older narrator? For example, on page 41, Jacob explains that Jeremy’s father is worried that his son will go off to college and leave him all alone, which isn’t something most teenagers think about.  Do you think this would cause a disconnect between a teenage reader and Jeremy?
  5. What did you think of Jacob’s many instances of foreshadowing? (Ex. Then he climbed through the window and fell safely inside, or so he believed – PG. 65) Did it bother you or did you even notice it?
  6. Why do you think Jacob is so against Ginger and Jeremy starting a relationship for most of the book?
  7. What would you have done in Jeremy’s place when someone whispers the answer to the final question on Uncommon Knowledge to him?
  8. Were you surprised that the baker was the Finder of Occasions? When did you figure it out?
  9. What did you think of the way Sten Blix died? Why do you think he chose to die this way?  Do you think it was a fitting end to the story?
  10. Do you think Jeremy and Ginger’s love was real or that it was caused by the prince cakes?
  11. Do you think this book was realistic? Was it supposed to be realistic or was it supposed to be more of a fairy tale?
  12. Do you think the village of Never Better is an accurate portrayal of how people act in a small town? Do you think people would really turn on a teenager for trespassing the way the villagers did to Jeremy?
  13. What age range would you say this book should be read by? High schoolers?  Middle schoolers? Adults?

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