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The Daydreams Reader’s Guide

By Laura Hankin

The Daydreams by Laura Hankin


Reader’s Guide
The Daydreams by Laura Hankin
Discussion Questions:

1. Did reading The Daydreams make you nostalgic for the early 2000s? Or do you feel grateful that we’re no longer living in that time period?

2. Which character do you think bears the most responsibility for the disastrous season-two finale, and why?

3. Near the end of the novel, Kat thinks, “The thing that makes us good isn’t whether or not we mess up, but whether or not we try to make it right.” Do you agree? And do you think all of our main characters did enough to earn forgiveness?

4. How has the way we treat young female stars changed since the early 2000s? Are there any women in the spotlight now whom you think we’ll have to reevaluate in fifteen years in the same way we’ve recently reevaluated Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and so many others?

5. Which character did you identify with the most? The least?

6. If you’d been cast in The Daydreams, which high school archetype would you have played?

7. What did you think of the choice to have Kat be the main narrator of the book? And how did the Summer, Liana, and Noah soliloquy chapters change how you felt about those characters?

8. In the early 2000s, Kat struggles with her jealousy of Summer. If you’d been in her position, do you think you would have felt the same? How would you have handled it?

9. What do you think will happen with the new project our main characters are embarking on at the end of the novel?

10. The book includes a sample of romantic fan fiction about Summer and Noah. If you’d been a fan of the show, do you think you would have
shipped them? Or are there other potential romantic pairings that you would have wished for?
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