Truest :: Discussion Questions for Teens & Book Clubs
What is the symbolism of the swan in this novel?
“Stories are our most august arms against the darkness.” What does this mean to you?
Have you ever experienced anything like solipsism syndrome? If so, what was it like? How did you escape that way of thinking? How might you argue for the case of reality in a conversation with someone like Laurel?
If you were in charge of an evening episode of August Arms, what three stories would you include?
Team Silas or Team Elliot? Why?
Discuss the significance of the paper dolls in Truest.
Do you think that seeing the ballerina doll in Vivien’s New Friend would have helped Laurel or hurt her?
“God favors redemption over perfection.” Agree or disagree? Why?
In Silas’s poem “Truest,” one line reads “Everything in readiness/curtain, heaven, hell, heel.” What does this mean to you?