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Discussion Questions

The Friendship List

1. Every satisfying novel shows character growth. In what ways were Ellen and Unity different at the end of the book than they were at the beginning? What happened in the story to convince each woman that she had to make a change in her life? How did the challenge lists change them? Which character changed the most?

2. Why do you think the neighborhood of Silver Pines appealed to Unity so much? What did it represent to her?

3. Which woman did you like more? Why?

4. Early in the book, Ellen and Unity had a falling-out. What caused the rift? How did they heal their friendship? How did they stay connected with each other even when Ellen was out of town?

5. Susan Mallery is renowned for her in-depth characterization, and a big part of that is giving readers a clear picture of the characters' lives before the story even started. Discuss what you know about each of these characters from prior to page 1: Ellen, Unity, Keith, Thaddeus. How did their lives prior to this point affect their actions in the story? (Shoutout to Thaddeus' late mom for ironing his tips!)

6. If you had to choose, which guy would you marry: Keith or Thaddeus? Why? If marriage is off the table and we're just talking about a hook-up, would your answer change?

7. What did you think of Ellen's reaction when she walked in on Lissa and Luka in the hotel room? Did she do the right thing? Why or why not? What would you have done?

8. Did you guess what was bothering Lissa before she blurted it out to her dad? Looking back through the story, discuss the ways that you could tell that Lissa was hiding something. Should Keith have realized sooner? Why or why not?

9. What surprised you in the story? Which scenes made you laugh? What moments are sticking with you?

10. Name something you would put on your own personal challenge list. Would that help you grow in some way and, if so, how? What has held you back from doing it already?

The Friendship List
by Susan Mallery

  • Publication Date: March 30, 2021
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HQN
  • ISBN-10: 1335652965
  • ISBN-13: 9781335652966