Love by the Book (Paperback)
Penguin Books, 9780143127284, 336pp.
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
About the Author
Conversation Starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com
Did any of the dating guides Lauren consulted seem appealing and if so, why?
What do you think of the idea of a dating guide, in general? Is it possible to give universal advice when it comes to affairs of the heart, and if so, why?
What did you make of the other relationships in the book—Tristan and Lucy, Meghan and her wife, Lauren’s parents, Cathryn and her fiancé?
Would you say there was some common thread of success between these partnerships? A common thread of conflict?
How did each new approach change the type of person Lauren attracted? Do you ever find yourself changing your behavior to encourage or repel different types of people?
Lauren’s dating life consists of a pretty health combination of extreme joy and profound loneliness. Is there a benefit to the loneliness, and if so, how does it affect the moments
What is Lauren’s attitude toward casual sex, and how does she evaluate it through the lens of each guide? Do you think our culture’s approach to this has changed recently and if so what is responsible for that change?
What is the relationship between love and sex in a romantic partnership, and can you have one without the other?
Given Lauren’s love of literature, did you find that any of her romantic partners had similarities to well-known fictional characters? If so, which ones?
If you had to choose one of Lauren’s partners for dinner, a movie, and drinks, who would it be and why?
Do you think Lauren’s story would be different if it was set in New York City? San Francisco? Cleveland? Or is a book about dating messy and terrible and wonderful no matter where