I am so excited to be reading this book and happy to be participating in the read along and book discussion. As an added incentive to me--this is the first book that I am reading on my new Nook!! Huzzah! :)
Discussion Questions for Chapters 1-6
1. Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi, she's depressed, a little angry and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel? Do you see things you like or dislike?
This book is definitely Young Adult...and sadly...I am definitely no longer a young adult. So i'll say that although I do not really relate or connect with the character of Gabi, I certainly like her plenty from early in the novel. She's got just the right amount of pluck to keep me happy.
2. Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy- The Dark Ages in its prime. Is there anytime in history that fascinates you and would you travel back if you could?
There are tons of periods that I'd love to experience (assuming of course that I had an immediate "get out of jail free" card handy) I'd love to see Victorian England...Colonial America, and the French Renaissance.
3. Most of the men, including Marcello have a very set opinion about a woman's place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if shes a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of mens mentality back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?
I believe it to be the same as a man's mentality today. That mentality being shaped and formed by the cultural and religious mores of the time.
4. When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?
I'd love to say that I've never felt like an outsider, but that would certainly be a lie. I'm sure that every one of us has, at least once in our lives, been caught in a place or situation for which we didn't feel ourselves properly equipped and thus felt judged whether we actually were or not. That said: is it fair to actually judge people by their differences? Well that is certainly a loaded question with plenty of gray area. Certain things are considered culturally acceptable for a reason...were there no boundaries and no way to define acceptable behavior, we'd live in constant chaos. But should there still be room for open expression and growth as an individual, family, and society? Of Course!
5. What do think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?
I think that the best thing about living in the Middle Ages would be the closeness to nature. No industrialization or mechanization. Eating food grown by my own hand, wearing clothes stitched by my own hand...having that independence from society and self sufficiency as a family unit.
The worst thing - no indoor plumbing..ughhh! LOL