A Reading Group Guide to Smoke
By Ellen Hopkins About the Book
Blamed for her abusive father’s death and haunted by the loss of her boyfriend and their unborn child, Pattyn Von Stratten is on the run. Aboard a bus destined for California, she makes friends with Adriana, a young girl whose family helps her find work as a housekeeper for the Jorgensens, a wealthy ranch-owning family. Patty sets out to build a new life under a false identity, but she is overwhelmed by feelings of loss and guilt and questions her ability to build new relationships and establish a new existence. Back home, her younger sister is the sole person who knows what happened in the shed that day, but Jackie is haunted by troubles of her own. Her mother, for one, refuses to accept reality and the role Caleb played in the death of the girls’ father. Smoke,
the much anticipated sequel to Burned
, brings closure to one girl’s heart-wrenching journey. Prereading Questions
1. Why is abuse (both physical and emotional) so prevalent in society?
2. Discuss what you would do if you knew a loved one was in an abusive relationship.
3. In your opinion, why do individuals stay in abusive relationships?
4. What responsibility do we have when we know a loved one is in a dangerous relationship? Discussion Questions