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Book Club Kits: The Romantic Agenda

Alamance County Public Libraries offer Book Club Kits for check out to area book clubs. Each kit contains 10 copies of a book and a reading guide.

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Book Summary

One of…
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Joy is in love with Malcolm.
But Malcolm really likes Summer.
Summer is in love with love.
And Fox is Summer’s ex-boyfriend.
Thirty, flirty, and asexual Joy is secretly in love with her best friend Malcolm, but she’s never been brave enough to say so. When he unexpectedly announces that he’s met the love of his life—and no, it’s not Joy—she’s heartbroken. Malcolm invites her on a weekend getaway, and Joy decides it’s her last chance to show him exactly what he’s overlooking. But maybe Joy is the one missing something…or someone…and his name is Fox.
Fox sees a kindred spirit in Joy—and decides to help her. He proposes they pretend to fall for each other on the weekend trip to make Malcolm jealous. But spending time with Fox shows Joy what it’s like to not be the third wheel, and there’s no mistaking the way he makes her feel. Could Fox be the romantic partner she’s always deserved? -Publisher

Discussion Questions

  1. Did you find the title to be relevant?
  2. How did the book make you feel – were you amused, bored, intrigued?
  3. What did you think of the story? 
  4. Did the novel leave you wishing the story was told differently or from a different perspective?
  5. What did you feel about the main characters and their actions?
  6. What didn’t you like and why?
  7. What were the main themes you identified in the novel?
  8. Were you happy about how the book ended?
  9. Would you like this book to be turned into a movie? Would you watch it?
  10. Was the love story believable and relatable?

About the Author

Short, Sweet & Salty

Claire Kann is the author of several novels and an award-winning online storyteller. In her other life she works for a non-profit you may have heard of where she daydreams like she’s paid to do it. She loves cats and is obsessed with horror media (which makes the whole being known for writing contemporary love stories a little weird, tbh).

She is represented by Carrie Pestritto of Laura Dail Literary Agency.

Claire: Unabridged

Claire is made of equal parts stress, anxiety, and pure comedy.

After an average and borderline boring adolescence, and a quarter life crisis at twenty-four, she became laser-focused on attending college to become a writer. Her institution of choice was Sonoma State University, where she chose to study English literature and memoir because the professors were nicer in that department. However, after graduation she changed her mind while her diploma wept in the background--fiction seemed to be the way to go so she began writing her first novel on January 1, 2014.

Quickly, she learned that she had no patience or shame when it came to her work and was seduced by that temptress known as social publishing. She began posting her novels to online platforms like Swoon Reads and later, Wattpad. In July 2016, her novel Let’s Talk About Love, was selected for publication by Swoon Reads and debuted in 2018. She also won Watty Awards in 2016 and 2017 for two wildly different books.

Currently, she still lives in California, working at a pretty cool day job, writing novels, and trying to crack the secret code to crafting an amazing short story.