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Discussion Questions

Names My Sisters Call Me

1. The three sisters in the book think of themselves as being very different from one another. Why do you think it’s important for them to think so? Are they as different from each other as they think?

2. Which of the three sisters reminds you the most of yourself? Why?

3. Have you ever had to deal with sister/sibling rivalry in your family? How did you handle it?

4. At the end of the book, Courtney gets what she said she wanted: her family, all together. She thinks, “It felt good to see them all, even though I knew nothing had been solved. I thought of my mother’s Cassel Cake, her acknowledgment that no one dessert could please all three of us. We were sisters. We knew each other best, and least. We would always want different cakes. We’d probably always fight about it. The important thing was we were all here.” Do you agree with Courtney that what matters is that the family is all together? Are you satisfied with this ending?

5. Courtney spends part of the book worrying about Matt Cheney, even lying to Lucas about what she’s up to. She almost kisses Matt, and sneaks out to see him perform. How did her behavior make you feel? Do you think what she did constitutes as cheating?

6. Lucas suggests at one point that “to the casual observer, [Courtney’s actions] might look a lot like someone who doesn’t want to get married.” Do you think Courtney wants to get married? Do you think she’s ready?

7. Matt and Raine’s relationship is never completely spelled out in the book. What do you think is between them? Where do you think they’ll end up?

8. Do you think Raine knew about Courtney’s relationship with Matt all along? How do you think she felt about it?

9. Matt confesses his love to Courtney, and asks her, six years later, to come be with him and live with him in San Francisco. Do you think he means it? Do you think he would have said these things if Courtney wasn’t engaged to Lucas? What do you think he’d have done if Courtney said yes?

10. At the end of the book, many family secrets have come to light, and Courtney feels much closer to Norah than she does to Raine, which is a reversal of her feelings for her sisters at the beginning of the book. Do you think Raine and Norah’s feelings have changed for Courtney? What about for each other?

11. Raine thinks of herself as a free spirit, and an artist on the cutting edge. What do you think her photographs say about her? What do you think she thinks they say about her?

12. Who’s your favorite sister? Is she the one like you, or not?


Names My Sisters Call Me
by Megan Crane

  • Publication Date: April 11, 2008
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: 5 Spot
  • ISBN-10: 0446698563
  • ISBN-13: 9780446698566