This reading group guide for Boys and Girls Like You and Me includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Aryn Kyle. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Introduction
In this collection of short stories, award-winning author Aryn Kyle relates the most truthful, heartbreaking details of what it is like to be female. Her characters range from a nine-year-old girl grappling with her mother’s abandonment in “Nine,” to an employee having an affair with her married manager in “Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore,” to a woman writing essays for college students in her decomposing apartment in the title story.Boys and Girls Like You and Me
features women who cheat and are cheated on, lie and are lied to, run toward love and away from it. They are confused, hopeful, lonely, eager, and unsure. They ignite powerful relationships with others only to watch them fall apart, falling apart themselves in the process.
Kyle navigates these stories with a commanding sense of honesty, ultimately leaving her readers with more questions than answers.Discussion Questions
1. Discuss how love appears in its many forms (p