1. The book begins with an epigraph:
What do you think the significance of the quote is in regards to the narrative?
2. Did reading this book cause you to examine your values and opinions on reproductive rights, parental control, gender roles, homosexuality, public policy, sex, abortion, race, or religion?
3. I know my family didn’t spend a lot time talking to me about the birds and the bees–most of that stuff I learned in school in sex ed. or from my friends–what about your family?
5. How would you feel if you were Sheila? Do you agree/disagree with Sheila’s choices in the book?
6. What do you think about Sheila’s mom, Map? Love her, loathe her? What about Sheila’s dad?
7. What is your favorite/least favorite part of the book? Who is your favorite/least favorite character? Why?
8. Do any of the race issues in the book seem relevant to your own experience?
9. When women’s reproductive rights are politicized, how does it make you feel if you are old enough to vote? How does it make you feel if you’re not old enough to vote? What would you do if you didn’t have access to birth control, or if you became pregnant?
10. Do you know anyone who’s been roofied or raped? Do you know anyone who was/is pregnant in high school?
Did you know? (according to Guttmacher.org)
* 1% of rapes result in pregnancy.
* Regions with liberal abortion policy and access to contraception ( Western Europe = 12 per 1000) have the lowest abortion rates; regions where abortion and birth control is illegal, restricted, or unavailable, have the highest abortion rates (Eastern Europe = 43 per 1000).
For more quick facts and numbers on abortion and birth control click here: Are you IN THE KNOW?