6. Zarah’s best friends, Caylor and Flannery, think that the best way for Zarah to handle her ex-boyfriend showing up is to start dating some absolutely gorgeous man to make Bobby jealous. Why is this bad advice? What advice would you give someone in this situation?
7. Forgiveness and justice are two major themes in Love Remains, and Bobby talks about them after they see the performance of The Music Man. Bobby believes someone who’s wronged multiple people needs to face all of those people, not just the most recent ones he’s hurt. Do you agree? Why is it important for someone who truly wants to reform and change his or her life to make amends to everyone he or she has hurt in the past?
8. Both Zarah and Bobby have very close relationships with their grandparents. How important are multi-generational relationships in your family?
9. After Bobby reveals to Zarah he’s been investigating her and the agency she works for, he tells her that they can’t be together until he finishes the investigation, otherwise it might compromise his case. How would you have reacted to that if you were Zarah? What about when Bobby came to her in the kitchen after the cookout—somewhere no one would see them? Do you think this was realistic?
10. At the end, Bobby tells Zarah they have a lot to work on in their relationship and asks her if she’s willing to take the time to do that. When she agrees, he proposes. Do you think he was acting in haste? Should they have waited to get engaged?
11. Family is an important theme in the book. When Zarah talks to Bobby about how her father no longer considers her part of his “family,” Bobby tells her to look around her, at the other people in her life—such as her grandparents and her two best friends, whom he says are her “sisters.” Do you have family-style relationships with people who aren’t actually related to you? Are there people around you—college students or single adults separated from their families by geography, widows or widowers who’re facing going on without their loved one, men or women recently divorced or separated, a new couple or family just moved into town—with whom you can start building family-style relationships?