Discussion #3 & Final Wrap-up: Hissy Fit

Alas, it’s time for discussion #3 of Hissy Fit. By now you’re probably getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends & family, but perhaps you can find a few moments to post your thoughts on the last third of the book, pages 287-419 or through chapter 68. As motivation, here are a few more questions from that sweet little ‘Reading Guide’ at the end of the book:

  • When Keeley gets underneath the façade of some people she’s known all her life, what does she discover? What does this novel say about how well we ever really know one another?
  • Do you feel any sympathy for A.J.? Does he get the comeuppance he deserves? Does Stephanie?
  • The novel, which begins with a broken engagement, ends with a wedding. Is the identity of the happy couple a surprise?
  • Will you be trying the Grits n’ Greens Casserole recipe?
  • Overall, how do you rate this novel on a scale from 1-10, 1=bad & 10=most excellent?

Have yourselves a Happy Thanksgiving, Chicken Lit’ers!

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7 Responses to Discussion #3 & Final Wrap-up: Hissy Fit

  1. * When Keeley gets underneath the façade of some people she’s known all her life, what does she discover? What does this novel say about how well we ever really know one another?
    Turns out that her mother ran with the wrong crowd, which ended her life. Keeley was oblivious to all of the hanky-panky that went on in that small town, a good thing as a child. What does it say? Perhaps that you only really know what people want you to believe.

    * Do you feel any sympathy for A.J.? Does he get the comeuppance he deserves? Does Stephanie?
    I do. In the end by helping to oust his father from the business, he showed that he didn’t want to be associated with dad’s cheating ways. I never really believed that he was in love with Keeley, because he only seemed to be interested in having a good time. He got what he deserved. As for Stephanie, absolutely – so glad that Will witnessed her true colors and made the right choice by dumping her.

    * The novel, which begins with a broken engagement, ends with a wedding. Is the identity of the happy couple a surprise?
    The author tried to fool us by hinting at Keeley wearing a dress for the wedding, but I had a feeling it was someone else who would be getting married. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was Keeley’s dad & girlfriend. What a nice happy ending.

    * Will you be trying the Grits n’ Greens Casserole recipe?
    No. I can’t even stand the smell of collard greens. I’m passing on that recipe.

    * Overall, how do you rate this novel on a scale from 1-10, 1=bad & 10=most excellent?
    I’m giving this novel an 8.5. Great book!

  2. @All – Book #23 is now posted on the right, but we won’t officially get started until after Thanksgiving. Let’s take a break and enjoy the holiday. 🙂

  3. maksbestfriend says:

    * When Keeley gets underneath the façade of some people she’s known all her life, what does she discover? What does this novel say about how well we ever really know one another?

    I think that she discovers that secrets are only buried as deep as those that keep them buried choose to keep them buried. It is funny when people are dying, such as Vince, how quickly you try to clear your conscience. But would she really have know Sonya to have done such a thing? Wade probably would have since he really did not like her at all.

    * Do you feel any sympathy for A.J.? Does he get the comeuppance he deserves? Does Stephanie?

    I do to a point. I think that for certain he did the right thing when he learned what his father did. And Gigi, did she do the right thing then? Or did she finally have her eyes opened when she learned that someone died because of the so called fun they were having there. And that her loving husband didn’t do the right thing by Keeley’s mama.

    * The novel, which begins with a broken engagement, ends with a wedding. Is the identity of the happy couple a surprise?

    It wasn’t a surprise to me, since Wade and Serena deserved a chance at happiness, and with the proof that Keeley’s mother was gone, there was nothing to stop them from having the happiness that he so richly deserves. I think that it was time.

    * Will you be trying the Grits n’ Greens Casserole recipe?

    I like grits, but I think if I were to do this, I might make it with spinach, but not the collards. Not my thing. But everything else in it sounds good!

    * Overall, how do you rate this novel on a scale from 1-10, 1=bad & 10=most excellent?

    I give this book an 8.5. I really did enjoy it. The twists, the turns, the shorter chapters. I liked her writing style.

    Great choice, Dory!

  4. maksbestfriend says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too!

  5. Dory says:

    * When Keeley gets underneath the façade of some people she’s known all her life, what does she discover? What does this novel say about how well we ever really know one another?

    I think she finds that she’s spent most of her life with blinders on, unknowingly. Sadly, I think this novel all to well touches on the strange secrets and undercurrents that run rampantly through small town communities. All the stuff you expect in BIG cities – lust, greed, cheating, affairs, secrets – it’s all here in small town USA. It’s just way more hidden under the surface. We all know those that have money seem to think their are entitled to a different set of standards… like it’s OK for *them* to do stuff that others shouldn’t. It is one of my biggest pet peeves about small town life.

    * Do you feel any sympathy for A.J.? Does he get the comeuppance he deserves? Does Stephanie?

    I hate that A.J. discovered what a rotten snake of a man his father really was in such a way – but…. I think it was necessary. I’m soooo glad Stephanie showed her true colors and Will SAW her! I almost jumped for joy when he caught her having a temper tantrum! 🙂

    * The novel, which begins with a broken engagement, ends with a wedding. Is the identity of the happy couple a surprise?

    Yes. Of course, I took the bait – hook, line and sinker! I wanted it to be Will & Keeley but was so pleased it was Wade and Serena (and NOT Austin and Robert! hehe haha ho ho)

    * Will you be trying the Grits n’ Greens Casserole recipe?

    Ummm. No. Blecht. I may be a southern girl but…. not that southern.

    * Overall, how do you rate this novel on a scale from 1-10, 1=bad & 10=most excellent?

    Easily, an 8 or 9. I seriously loved the easy read…. it would have been a great beach book! 🙂

  6. Dory says:

    Happy Thanksgiving – I already packed *Grace* to take with me this weekend! Just in case I get a minute. Or ten. 🙂

    Did you to awaiting moderation on purpose? I don’t remember it doing that last time….

  7. maksbestfriend says:

    I am not moderated, am I? Testing, testing…where are you off to, Dory?

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