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Things Change
by Patrick Jones
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1.Did you like the books format  alternating first person narratives, along with Pauls journal entries? How did the layout affect the story?
 
2.Why was Johanna attracted to Paul? Do opposites really attract?
 
3.How did the tone of the book change when Paul roughed up Vicki in the school hallway?
 
4.Did Paul understand that his abusive behavior was wrong? Do you think abusers in society can hide what they do as easily as Paul did?
 
5.Why was it so important to Paul that Johanna give up her friendship with Pam? How could Johanna let Paul treat her best friend so shabbily? At the end, why didnt Johanna and Pam become best friends again?
 
6.Why do people who are abused think it is their fault?
 
7.Do you find it ironical that Johanna hated her parents' tight control over life, yet she only broke free of them to be completely controlled by someone else?
 
8.After Johanna realized Paul was hurting her, why did she let it continue? How could she go back to him after Spring break?
 
9.Did Johanna know who she was/have a good sense of identity? Is it hard for a teen to be comfortable in his/her own identity? Do you think it gets easier as you get older? Can it be dangerous to find your identity in someone else?
 
10.How did Johanna change in the story? How did Paul change? Why didnt Johanna hate Paul? At the end, how could she be friendly towards him?
 
11.Where do you think Johanna, Paul, Brad and Kara would be in five years and what would they be doing? Would they be happy?
 
12.Did you like the ending? How would you end the story?
 
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