Underhanded? Maybe. But when aspiring journalist Justine Carmichael meddled with her magazine’s horoscopes, she only had the best of intentions. The trouble is, messing with destiny is a dangerous business. And the unforeseen ripple effects of Justine’s actions are sure to make for a hilarious reading group discussion. Here are some talking points to get it started.
Discussion points and questions:
- What meaning does astrology have in your life? How much or little do you feel that your star sign reflects your character?
- How wrong was it for Justine to meddle with the horoscope column of the Alexandria Park Star? Just a little bit? Terribly? Or wasn’t it wrong at all?
- Have you ever made a serious decision based on what you’ve read in a horoscope? Do tell…
- What do you think Justine sees in Nick? What does Nick see in Justine?
- Justine’s advice to Nick is often to follow his dreams. What do you think about people being encouraged to chase difficult creative goals?
- In the ‘cusp’ sections of Star-crossed, characters make big decisions based on their horoscopes. Which of these decisions, do you think, is the most significant?
- With which of the ‘cusp’ characters did you feel the most affinity? What was it about their story that appealed to you?
- Do you ever feel moved to correct errors of punctuation and spelling that you see on signs, the way that Justine does? What are your pet English-language peeves, and why?
- Now that you know how Star-crossed ends, do you think the book has a ‘message’ about whether or not there is such a thing as ‘destiny’?
- And finally, did you notice any small details in the story that reflect the symbols, characteristics or constellations of the twelve star signs?