Walking on trampolines book club discussion questions
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Synopsis: ‘Tallulah de Longland,’ she said slowly, letting all the Ls in my name loll about lazily in her mouth before passing judgement. ‘That,’ she announced, ‘is a serious glamorgeous name.’ From the day Annabelle Andrews sashays into her classroom, Tallulah ‘Lulu’ de Longland is bewitched: by Annabelle, by her family, and their sprawling, crumbling house tumbling down to the river.
Their unlikely friendship intensifies through a secret language where they share confidences about their unusual mothers, first loves, and growing up in the small coastal town of Juniper Bay. Their lives become as entwined as Annabelle’s initials engraved beneath the de Longland kitchen table. But the euphoria of youth rarely lasts, and the implosion that destroys their friendship leaves lasting scars and a legacy of self-doubt that haunts Lulu into adulthood. Years later, Lulu is presented with a choice: remain the perpetual good girl who misses out, or finally step out from the shadows and do something extraordinary. And possibly unforgiveable. It’s not how far you fall, but how high you jump. (Angus & Robertson)
1. The beginning of the book is powerful and its first chapter quite shocking. Did the start immediately engage you?
2. What does the title, Walking on trampolines, symbolise for you? Is it a good title for the story?
3. Both main characters have different personalities. Discuss. Was there a clear dominant one in the friendship?
4. Stella and Simone are good friends with “Lulu”. What effecr does the friendships have on “Lulu’s” problems?
5. Discuss the issues of love, loss and female friendships dealth with in the book.
6. Family is an important theme in the book. The girls mothers are very different. How did each influence their daughters?
7. The girls fathers contribute to the story. In what way? Is their contribution significant?
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