The Girl Next Door Topics for Discussion

Jack Ketchum
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In the novel, Ruth plays an important role in the actions of the young boys and girls who torment Meg. What does she do that seems to push the situation further along? Does giving her permission influence the behaviors of the children? Why or why not? What does this permission mean to David and the other boys? Why is her influence so strong over the children?

The concept of group mentality is strong in the novel. Do you think the children would have acted as they did if they were not in a group situation? Why or why not? How do you think the other children influenced the behaviors of David? Do you think the situation would have escalated as far as it did without a group experience? Why or why not?

Sexuality plays an important role in the book. What is Ruth's view of women in...

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