The informal discussion at the book club quite interestingly coalesced into four specific themes.
- Everyone agreed that this book was not something they would have picked up ordinarily, whether because the genre is outside usual reading patterns, or because the narrator (a 15-year old boy) is not an usual narrator. Interestingly however, everyone really liked the book.
- Everyone also found the book sad. For some people it was due to the abandonment of Christopher by his mother, whilst others felt disconnected from Christopher himself. A repeated refrain was the sense that he ‘wouldn’t get better’, even as everyone acknowledged both that the (understandable) ‘betrayal’ by his mother probably emotionally resonated more with the reader than him (due to personal experiences) and that he seemed fairly upbeat at the end of the book … in so far as he had an emotional response to anything.