5. Many of the characters in the story are deeply affected by their relationships with their families. How does Parker’s family differ from the others portrayed in the novel? How are the characters shaped by their families growing up? Are there any characters who are able to rise above the negative influence of their families?
6. What causes Pete to finally decide to get help for his alcoholism? How does his family react? What does this say about the nature of trust? Forgiveness?
7. Throughout the novel, Parker fights to keep Serene’s anorexia out of the public eye and urges Serene to acknowledge that she has a problem. Do you think Parker should have handled Serene’s eating disorder differently? What would you have done in her situation? How do you think prominent Christian figures should deal with their personal struggles?
8. Parker criticizes the hypocrisy often found in the Christian music industry. What examples of this come up in the story? Is this a problem in high-profile Christian occupations? What standards should we expect of our “leaders?” What should be our response when they fail?
9. How do Parker’s ambitions change throughout the story? Are you satisfied with her choices at the end? Can you see Parker’s journey resulting in a more fulfilled life?