Luxuread Book Club: Love in English
YA subscribers during March receivedfresh, breakout novel, Love in English by Maria E. Andreu. With playful and poetic breakouts exploring the idiosyncrasies of the English language, Love in English is witty and effervescent, while telling a beautifully observed story about what it means to become “American”, and at Luxuread, we simply couldn't put it down.
And if you're a budding book-clubber looking for some book club questions to spark discussion and get the conversation started, we've done the hard work for you! All you need now is the tipple of your choice and a group of fellow bookworms for our favourite sort of literary get together.
- Ana has feelings for two boys. Harrison, the American boy who looks like he’s straight out of a Netflix movie, but who she can’t communicate with and who doesn’t understand her. Then Neo, a boy whose also new to school but from Greece, she also can’t communicate with him but he understands her and what it’s like trying to communicate with people when there’s a massive language barrier, who do you think would be better suited for Ana?
- There’s pages of poems written by Ana scattered throughout the book, which poem of Ana’s is your favourite?
- What do you think of Ana kissing Neo at the Empire State Building while being in a relationship with Harrison?
- Where do you think Ana and Neo would live in the future if they are still together, Greece, where Neo is from; Argentina, where Ana’s from; New Jersey where they moved to/met or somewhere different?
- Do you think Ana made the right choice to ignore Harrison when she saw Jessica and him kissing?
- Before the Author begins the book there’s a page with a message in Spanish underneath the title “Your future depends on understanding this”, were you able to translate it and understand the message? What do you think Maria E.Andreu was trying to do by putting this message at the start of the book?
- Ana’s father insists her mother and her speak English at home, school, work etc as-well as taking English classes. Do you think that’s a good way to learn English faster/better or is it too over the top?
- In the Author’s note, Maria E.Andreu says it’s up to the reader to decide if the story is told in retrospect after Ana learns English or if it’s Translated, what did you choose to read it as?
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