Grab your girlfriends and have a discussion at your local coffeehouse about this book! Here are a few to get you started:
1. What was your favorite part of the novel, and why?
2. What part of the novel did you not like? Why?
3. What would be hardest about living in 1332? No showers? No hair products? No forks? No technology? No cars? Using a chamber pot? What would you miss most?
4. Did you relate to Gabi? Why? What is it about her that you see in yourself?
5. If you had been Gabi, would you have fallen for Marcello or Luca? Why?
6. Is it ever okay to steal another girl’s guy? Why or why not? Why was it okay for Gabi to do so? Or was it?
7. At first, Gabi thinks she can work things out on her own. Find her own way back to the tomb and through it. She’s kind of prideful and stubborn about it, even (sneaking out of the castle, climbing the wall, taking off on the horse, etc). How does pride sometimes keep us “stuck” in a tough situation?
8. Do you think all things happen for a reason, good or bad? Why?
9. Gabi wonders why God has allowed this to happen to her. If it happened to you, would you think it was God? Or something else?
10. What do you think of the concept of “seizing the day”? Meaning, making the most of what you have, right now, right here? What does living that out do for a person?
11. When Gabi is hovering between life and death, she thinks about what she is living for. What do you live for?
12. If one of your parents died, what is one thing they always say that you’d always remember—that would actually help you deal with life?
13. If you could go back to any time period, when would it be and why? (It may be medieval, like this book.) What would be the toughest part of living in those years for you? What would you miss most?