Essay Topic 1
Most students who chose pen pals do not continue to write letters to each other. Discuss the factors that make Caitlin and Martin's correspondence a lasting one.
Essay Topic 2
Analyze the role that Caitlin's friends played in her relationship with Martin.
Essay Topic 3
The author chooses to alternate chapters between the two main speakers, Caitlin and Martin. Discuss how his structure affects the development of the story.
Essay Topic 4
Poverty and its impact on people is one of the themes of the book. Analyze how Martin's family is affected by poverty.
Essay Topic 5
Martin's father is a complex character. Analyze the relationship between father and son shown in the book.
Essay Topic 6
Caitlin and Martin develop a close friendship. Evaluate the factors that cause them to be close. Why is the relationship platonic instead of romantic?
Essay Topic 7
Martin is an excellent student facing difficult circumstances...
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