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How to Kill Your Best Friend Reader’s Guide

By Lexie Elliott

How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott


Reader’s Guide
How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott
Discussion Questions:

1. “All that time we’ve spent together . . . gives us the impression we’re transparent to one another, but it’s a fallacy. We all have hidden spaces within us.” Bronwyn believes that her group of friends don’t truly know each other. Do you agree? Do you feel like you know every aspect of those in your closest friendship circle? Do you feel like they know every aspect of you?

2. Lissa’s reaction to infidelity is certainly extreme, but did you have any sympathy at all with it? What do you think of society’s current attitude toward infidelity? Is the reaction equivalent for both male and female infidelity?

3. “If anything, blame the parents.” “Oh, believe me, I blame them, too.” Georgie lays considerable blame for Lissa’s behavior on Lissa’s parents. Do you agree with that view to any extent?

4. Do you think Georgie and Lissa’s relationship was entirely platonic? Does it matter?

5. “I think all he can see is Georgie and Lissa, all tangled up in their schemes together.” Jem is jealous of the intensity of Georgie and Lissa’s relationship. Have you witnessed or experienced a very intense friendship? Did it provoke any kind of toxic reaction from others?

6. What do you think would have happened to Bronwyn after the end of the novel?

7. How do you think Duncan would have reacted to Georgie contacting the police about Bronwyn?

8. For the bulk of the novel, did you relate more to Georgie or Bronwyn? Did that change after you finished reading the final two chapters? Why do you think the author chose to use a dual narrative?
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