I loved You Knew Me When so much that I devoured it in two days. And then I sat and “patiently” (or impatiently as the case may be) waited for discussion day to arrive. Good news! Finally, today is the day! Hip, hip, hooray!
Here’s how it works: I’ll pose questions here and then answer them below. You can add your answers to the comments and then we will discuss from there. Grab a coffee. Let’s get to chatting.
And here’s the part where I say: SPOILER ALERT! We’re going to divulge and discuss all the greatness that is this book, so if you haven’t read it yet… perhaps you want to wait to keep reading.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
1) In very Likes to Smile Book Club fashion, let’s cast the movie roles. Who should play Katherine, Laney and Luella?
2) What did you think of the transformation of Kitty to Katherine?
3) Who did you like more: Katherine or Laney?
4) What was your favorite scene involving Luella?
5) Luella went to great lengths to get old friends in the same house. How true to life did you find Laney and Katherine’s friendship as they grew from eleven year olds to thirty-four year olds?
6) What was your favorite Kitty/Katherine and Grant moment?
7) What was your favorite part?
8) What didn’t I ask that you would like to also discuss?
1) CASTING: I hereby cast: Meryl Streep as Luella, Kim Raver as Katherine and Julie Bowen as Laney. I also cast Scott Foley as Grant, just for good measure.
2) TRANSFORMATION OF KITTY TO KATHERINE: I loved it. Every single part. I grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to New York City after college. I quickly found myself very enveloped by New York’s culture (the things to learn, see, do, eat) and I found myself rapidly evolving. I also believe almost every twenty-something freshly out of college rapidly evolves, as we get our first jobs and first living spaces, etc. I think that job, location, living spaces, experiences and the like, quickly shape a person. I could easily empathize with how a small town girl could quickly transform into having a big city life. Now, if only I were running a cosmetics company…
I loved Emily Liebert’s take on how she crafted a story of a girl who always questioned the extent to which she fit in in high school becoming the one to spread her wings in a big city and find some grounding (or at least some career power). This shed so much light on the portrayal of how she wasn’t quite sure where she fit in when she went home and found herself crawling out of her skin. This discomfort and awkwardness of being somewhere that no longer feels like home leapt off the page. Really remarkably well written.
3) KATHERINE OR LANEY? Katherine. I’m more like her, so I think I liked her more for that reason.
4) FAVORITE LUELLA SCENE: When Luella and Kitty were talking about her first kiss with Grant.
5) FRIENDSHIP TRANSFORMATION TRUE TO LIFE: Very much so. I especially liked the part where Katherine felt like she had tried because she called and Laney wouldn’t take her call, whereas Laney felt like she hadn’t tried hard enough. How many times in our own lives have we seen these miscommunications because we each assume if the “other cared enough” their behavior would somehow be different?
6) FAVORITE KATHERINE AND GRANT MOMENT? When Grant said that he understood why Katherine fled to New York, because Luella had come to explain it to him. Admittedly, that made me love Luella even more.
The intial necklace comes in a close second place. Cuteness to the max!
7) FAVORITE PART: When Katherine and Laney try on Luella’s ball gowns and you just know they are going to mend fences. But seriously…how could they not keep more of the jewels?
I also loved that despite the multitude of relationships that Katherine was attempting to mend (the distance between herself and her father; her leaving Grant; her relationship with the Drake family as a whole; her friendship with Laney), the main focus on the book was on the friendship. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that the friends that have known me since I was an adolescent are some of my best because they understand how I’ve grown up. I loved the focus on how that friendship evolved and then came to the start of a mending process. Friendship as the main relationship was an exquisite choice.
8) YOUR TURN: What part of the book are you most wanting to discuss? Let me know in the comments and we can all reply to one another’s questions there!
I’ll be back tomorrow with an interview with the author, Emily Liebert! And let me tell you… you are going to LOVE IT!
A humongous thank you to all of you for reading along. That people participate in Likes to Smile Book Club never ceases to make my week or warm my heart. I love you all for it!
Until next time!