What Happened to Lani Garver?


Carol Plum-Ucci

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Discussion questions

Spoiler alert! Some of the questions contain key elements of the plot. Do not read if you don't want to know what happens!

  1. Do you know or have you met anyone like Lani Garver? Claire? Macy? Vince?
  2. Why is Lani so vague on his sexuality? He says he is "not a girl" but does not say that he is a boy.
  3. Why is Claire friends with Macy even though Macy can be cruel to her?
  4. How would this story be different if it did not take place on an island?
  5. At the beginning of the book (p. xi,) Claire says the fishermen have a saying, "The sea takes the extraordinary and leaves the rest be." Can you think of other examples of extraordinary people who lost their lives to the sea?
  6. Why does Claire keep her guitar playing a secret?
  7. Claire's parents each reacted differently to her cancer and their marriage ended. Claire has a strained relationship with both of them. What are some of the problems with their relationships?
  8. Do you think their relationships will improve? What other effects did her illness have on her and her relationships with friends?
  9. Why does Lani leave Claire on the bus without telling her he's leaving?
  10. What does Lani mean when he says truth and belief are a stallion and a mule?
  11. Why to Tony and Vince hate Lani so much?
  12. Is Lani a "floating angel?"
  13. What happened to Lani Garver?
  14. Do you like the way the book ended? Why/why not?

If you liked this book, try

  • The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
  • Luna: a Novel by Julie Anne Peters
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The She by Carol Plum-Ucci

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