Book Discussion Series: The Girl on the Train

A pattern is emerging among the books I read. I hate all the characters. Hate might be a strong word, but I get really irritated by them. That’s almost the same thing, right?

In the last Book Discussion Series post, I talked about how you can love the story but not so much the characters. The Girl on the Train epitomizes that idea. Paula Hawkins created frustrating yet interesting characters in her novel that is set to hit the big screen later this year.

The main character, Rachel, irritated me more than any other in the book, but it didn’t keep me from turning pages to find out what happens next. Hawkins writes complex characters that drive the mystery forward in a way that elicits a variety of emotions while you read.

A few questions to consider:

  • This book, as is the case with many others in recent years, is written in a non-linear format. Why do you think this style is becoming a trend? Does it always work?
  • The Girl on the Train is set to hit theaters late 2016. If you were directing, which scenes would you cut from the book? How would you show the internal struggles of Rachel on the screen?
  • What do you consider the marks of a good story? Does this story meet your requirements? Why are why not?
  • After you read the book, check out the actors selected to play the roles (don’t look before!). Do you agree with the casting selections?

I have a tendency to shy away from books that have a lot of hype, like The Girl on the Train, so I was hesitant to read it. When my book club voted to add it to our list, I was forced to pick it up. Once I started reading it, I was reluctant to put it down. My advice is don’t start this book if you have things you need to do, because they likely will not get done.

Don’t let that keep you from reading it. Read it. Read it before the movie comes out.

Next month’s Book Discussion Series will be slightly different. Be sure to check it out!

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