Discussion Questions

FIND GREGORY ST. AMAND: What happened to my son?

  1. Was the author’s use of elements to structure the book interesting or distracting, i.e. Facebook posts, quotes, references, and art? Does the structure make sense? Why or why not?
  2. Was the author’s use of personal experience powerful, effective, discrediting, or demeaning to the book’s subject? Why?
  3. Does the author’s use of different writing styles to transition the book enhance or take away from the reading experience? What styles do you recognize?
  4. What is the author’s overall language in the book–passionate, dispassionate, earnest, objective, or subjective? Is the tone positive, negative, argumentative, hopeful, antagonistic, empathetic?
  5. What is the book’s main subject? Do you think the main subject could be different for individual readers? Why?
  6. Does the author clearly identify the purpose for the book? What do you think it is? Do you think she achieves it?
  7. What main points are made in the book? Do you agree or disagree with the author? Why?
  8. Does the author present solutions to identified problems? Who implements the solutions? How probable is success? Can you implement the solutions in your own life?
  9. What are the controversial issues raised in the book? What side or sides do you take?
  10. Does the author convey what is opinion and what is fact?
  11. What specific passages struck you as significant, interesting, profound, illuminating, or disturbing? Why?
  12. Is the book memorable? Why or why not?
  13. Did the book broaden your perspective on suicide, emotional and mental health, community responsibility, and grief? How?
  14. Do the issues brought up in the book impact your life in some way? How?
  15. What changes do you plan to make, if any, after reading this book?