Rock Bottom Girl by Lucy Score

Book Club Questions


About 15 years ago, we started our first book club at Cupboard Maker Books. We are excited to start a new book club to discuss Lucy Score's books. We have always written book club questions to help facilitate discussion. Please feel free to use these questions for your own book club.  

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Warning:  These questions contain SPOILERS for this book.




  1. What do you think of the alternating 1st person narration?
  2. The original tagline was what if you peaked in high school and high school sucked. How do you think that tagline pulled you into the story?
  3. The first sentence is “This is what rock bottom looked like.” Would being back in your childhood room in your late 30s be rock bottom for you? Why or why not?
  4. How do you feel about Marley having only 2 suitcases and 3 boxes to show for her life?
  5. What do you think of Marley’s mom accepting the semester long job of physical education teacher/soccer coach for her?
  6. Does anyone find any part of this identifiable? If so which part?
  7. How do you feel about the setting of the book?
  8. What do you think of the flashback scenes in italics?
  9. How do you feel about the small town gossip in the book?
  10. Who is your favorite character and why?
  11. Who is your least favorite character and why?
  12. Do you think Marley should run with the soccer team? Why or why not?
  13. Why do you think Floyd tells Marley not to let the students smell fear?
  14. How do you feel about the teacher’s lounge?
  15. What do you think of Marley’s relationship with Zinnia?
  16. Do you think meeting the school guidance counselor once a week for lunch and free therapy is a good idea? Why or why not?
  17. How do you feel about the dye in the sprinklers prank?
  18. What do you think about Jake and Marley’s fake dating plan with a contract from the school?
  19. Do you think Jake showing up at the buttcrack of dawn for a run with Marley is romantic? Why or why not?
  20. What do you think of the letters Jake and Marley send each other?
  21. Would you want to attend Jake’s poker nights? Why or why not?
  22. How do you feel about Jake and Marley making their fake relationship a physical one?
  23. What do you think about the rumor Amie Jo started in high school that Marley was pregnant?
  24. Would you want to visit Amie Jo’s house?
  25. What do you think of Marley playing Amie Jo’s greatest nastiness over the loudspeaker at Homecoming?
  26. How do you feel about Marley’s Barn Owls winning the homecoming game?
  27. What do you think of Jake’s declaration of love to Marley?
  28. How do you feel about Zinnia, Amie and Marley’s honest talk about their lives?
  29. What do you think of Marley getting the teacher of the year award and engages at graduation?
  30. Did you like the book?



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