YOU ME EVERYTHING
1. The author describes You Me Everything as a ‘love story in the widest definition of the term’. The novel explores the relationship between a sick mother and her grown-up daughter; a distant father and the son he hardly knows; and two lovers who went their separate ways. Which of these relationships were portrayed most effectively? Which did you enjoy reading about most?
2. We learn halfway through You Me Everything that Jess had a major choice to make in her life: whether to take a genetic test that would determine her own future. Would you have taken the test? Or could you have lived without knowing?
3. ‘The labyrinthine streets of Sarlat buzz with activity, its caramel courtyards and elegant central square filled with the scent of freshly baked bread, potent cheeses and thick, black coffee.’ The novel is filled with lavish descriptions of the Dordogne. Was this an aspect of the book that you enjoyed? Did the author successfully transport you to France as you were reading?
4. The author hopes the book will raise awareness of Huntington’s disease, the condition Jess’s mother Susan is living with. Had you known a great deal about it before reading this book? What do you think of the book’s handling of this subject?
5. Near the end of the book, a new light is shone on the night of William’s birth. Did you work out what had happened before Jess did?
6. ‘Sometimes it takes darkness to see how we shine.’ Do you think it’s true that challenges in life can make a person stronger?
7. One of the themes explored by the novel is the idea of living life in the moment, not dwelling on fears about the future. Why do you think so many of us find that difficult to do?
8. You Me Everything handles some serious topics but contains a lot of humour too. Do you feel this light and shade works well in the book?