Questions for Discussion
1. Fair-Weather Friends is the fifth book in
Billingsley''s Good Girlz series. How have the Good Girlz changed
from earlier books? Who has matured the most? Who seems to have
2. Who is your favorite member of the Good Girlz? Have your
opinions of any of the characters changed from book to book?
3. From the moment Camille sees the Thetas performing, she wants
to be a part of their world. "I couldn''t stop talking about the
Theta Ladies. As a matter of fact, the whole school was talking
about them." Why is Camille so drawn to the Thetas? Why does it
take her so long to see the downside of the Thetas, even after the
issues that come up with Angel?
4. How does each character''s past shape the decisions she
makes? How do they all learn from the mistakes of others?
5. Why does Jasmine see through the Thetas much earlier than her
friends do? How is she different from the rest of the Good
6. What does this book tell us about race relations? Have you or
people you know experienced racism or other prejudices? How do you
react to people who are outwardly prejudiced?
7. Rachel tells Jasmine, "I want you to understand that friends
go through their ups and downs all the time...Keep trying to get
through to them. Come up with a plan. Anything. Just don''t give up
on your friendship." Have any of your friendships been tested? How
did you handle it? How do you work to maintain your
8. Do you think Tori''s racial views reflect those of many
people? Why do you think people like Tori act the way they do?
9. What does the book tell us about the nature of groups and
exclusivity? Discuss the ways in which organized groups can
positively and negatively impact society.
10. What were some of the funniest parts of the book? The most
shocking? What were some other lines and scenes that stood out?
11. Who are some of your other favorite motivational fiction
Activities to Enhance Your Book Club
1. This novel talks about the importance of community service.
Get your group together for a volunteer outing. Take a look at
http://www.redcross.org/donate/volunteer/ for ideas. Or, brainstorm
ideas for activities that support your favorite causes.
2. Have a dinner party where everyone prepares a favorite fun
and easy dish. Bring music to play while you cook so you can share
both songs and recipes. Try http://www.foodnetwork.com if you need
3. Get to know one another better. Write questions such as "What
is your favorite book of all time?" and "Which fictional character
do you most identify with?" on slips of paper. Drop them in a hat
and pass them around.
4. Learn more about ReShonda Tate Billingsley and her upcoming
books at http://www.myspace.com/goodgirlz1 and