— [https://goo.gl/XjZQOU] Picture this: your best friend tells you there's a great book you have to read. You ask what it's about, and your friend says, "Well, actually, the book never really says what it's about, but trust me, you have to read it."_______________________Would you?
1. “You’re a good boy,” Conor’s mother tells him. “I wish you didn’t have to be quite so good.” What does she mean by that? Why does Conor have to be so good?
2. How does the monster describe itself to Conor? Where does the monster come from? What does it want?
3. Do you think that the monster is real, or is it a product of Conor’s imagination? What does Conor think?
4. Lily was once Conor’s closest friend, but now he can’t forgive her. Why? Is he right to feel betrayed?
5. How do most people behave around Conor once they learn about his mother’s illness? What would you have done in Lily’s situation?
6. “Stories are wild creatures,” the monster says. “When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?.” What does the monster mean by this? In what ways does the rest of novel prove the monster’s point?
7. Discuss the role that humor plays in this novel. Where are the best comic moments?
8. Describe the monster’s sense of humor. Would you enjoy the monster’s company?
9. “Sometimes people need to lie to themselves most of all,” the monster tells Conor. Is Conor lying to himself about his mother’s illness? Is his mother lying to herself?
10. What does each of them need to believe? Why?