Continuing our current trend of starting book club discussions late, we’re truly getting this one in at the last minute! And since we also didn’t manage to get a post up about the book at the beginning of the month (hey, it’s July, things are busy!), here’s a little bit about Forget About It by Caprice Crane:
Jordan Landau is having a bad life. At twenty-five, she is attractive, smart, funny and talented. But all that doesn’t keep her mother from calling her fat, her boss from stealing her ideas, and her boyfriend from cheating on her. Day in and day out, she sits back and watches as everyone walks all over her.
Then one day while riding her bike, Jordan collides with a car door and is knocked clear off her bicycle. Coming to in the hospital, Jordan realizes she has a perfect excuse for a “do-over”, and she fakes amnesia in order to reinvent herself. And it works! Finally, Jordan is living the life she always dreamed of – until the unthinkable happens. Suddenly Jordan must start over for real, and figure out what really makes her happy–and how to live a truly memorable life.
And now onto our discussion! Here are some questions that came to us while reading that we hope will help generate some discussion. As always, don’t feel like you have to stick to these topics, please feel free to bring up anything you wish to discuss as well!
- Would you like the opportunity to forget everything and re-invent yourself?
- How do you feel about Jordan’s trickery? Would you be able to pull it off?
- At the start of the book, Jordan’s job is very unsatisfying, and she says she took it just to get her foot in the door. How many of us have done the same thing, only to end up stuck like Jordan? Did you ever take a job just to get the proverbial foot in the door? If so how long did it take you to move on?
- Many of the characters in the story are negative influences on Jordan’s life (Lydia, Dirk, Mom, Sam). Do you surround yourself with people who positive or negative influences? Has reading this story made you reconsider how you let people treat you?
- On page 20 Jordan says: “Real life is a hell of a let down.” Agree? Disagree? Discuss.
- When assessing how her life had changed since her first bout of ‘amnesia’ Jordan states: “Everything happened TO me… but nothing was ever my fault.” Many of us probably feel this way about things in our own lives. Are you the type of person who lets things happen to you, or do you take action? What could you do to improve something in your life by taking action?
- After getting her memory back Jordan says: “You know that person about whom you say ‘When I grow up I want to be like her’? Well, now I am” Who is that person for you? Do you feel that you have lived up to that vision of who you want to become?
- At the end of the book Jordan says: “Hating [my family] for not being who I wanted them to be was only hurting me.” I thought this was a brilliant revelation, and it got me thinking about my own attitude towards certain people. Is there someone in your life who this could apply to? If so, what good quality(ies) can you attribute to them? (No names necessary!)